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The Puffin Book of Bedtime Stories





July 2, 2019


RRP $29.99


If you are looking for a special gift for a little reader – and it’s never too early to think about Christmas, let’s face it! – this would be the perfect fit. Eight of Australia’s best- loved picture books from some of our best and brightest authors and illustrators are beautifully presented in this hardcover omnibus.

Bed Tails by Meredith Costain and Mitch Vane

Sophie’s Big Bed
 by Tina Burke

Baby Tawnies by Judy Paulson

It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland

One Very Tired Wombat by Renee Treml

A Bear and a Tree by Stephen Michael King

Jesse by Tim Winton and Maureen Prichard

Come Down, Cat by Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo

Take a peek inside here.

Whether as a read-aloud for snuggling up on these wintery days and nights or for the newly independent reader this will be the ideal choice to inspire imagination and a love of stories.

The special touches of the pages framed in lilac tones and the glorious endpapers along with the beautiful textured binding all combine to make this a treasured addition to the bookshelf.

Be prepared for many cries of ‘read it again!’ from your chosen audience.

Highly recommended for little ones from toddler upwards.

The Wild One – Sonya Hartnett/Lucia Masciullo




Format:Hardback, 32 pages


price:AUD $24.99




Publisher:Penguin Aus.


This is a seemingly simple story of the passage of time for one young boy who meets the ‘wild one’ as a child. Yet there is much more than the thread of the cycle of life to this book.

Charlie and the Wild One spend many happy hours together doing exactly the kinds of things little boys love to do – catching tadpoles, climbing trees and generally exploring nature. But as Charlie grows older, goes to school and eventually becomes a doctor, a father and a grandfather, the Wild One stays forever a boy and is almost forgotten by the adult Charlie. Until that is, Charlie sees the world around him afresh through the eyes of his granddaughter.

By examining the illustrations carefully, readers will glean much about this pair and through discussion, will realise that there is a much deeper understanding to be had than the mere surface plot. There is a real richness to Maciullo’s illustrations with many connections to the text within and the underlying implications for us all.  The tiny details such as Latin names for flora, hidden objects and intertextual references bear close scrutiny.

The beautiful panoramic endpapers, with their serene landscape and the metaphorical river of life, are just wonderful.

Not a book for a ‘quick read’, be prepared for lengthy exploration and conversation about this one from this highly acclaimed creative pair.

Find teaching notes here at the Penguin website.

Recommended highly for shared reading in particular, with children from around Year 2 upwards.