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Horton & the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories

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Kids love Dr Suess, and it’s been that way for a long time. New stories have been found and published in Horton & the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories. This is A Grade Suess, and a lot of fun!

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A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

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On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently? These are the things she explores in A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

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Ice Age Live

Ice Age Live

Ice Age Live tells the adventures of an extraordinary herd of Ice Age animals, all living together as one unique big family.

The decrease in grassland leads Sid, the sloth, Crash and Eddie, the possums, to venture onto the forbidden land where the grass is greener. Unbeknown to them, this territory is ruled by the evil bird Shadow who does not appreciate visitors.

As a revenge, Shadow and his crew enter the herd’s camp at nightfall and kidnap Peaches, the baby mammoth, and the two possums.

To save them, our fearless heroes, Manny, Diego and Sid embark on a wild journey where they will cross paths with their good friend Buck and make their way through the Enchanted Garden.

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Did you take the B from my _ook?

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The right level of silly-fun, without dragging out the story and with a good resolve – this is a winner for preschoolers and young school-aged children.

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The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection

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At 12 years old I declared my intention to become a vegetarian much to the horror of my mother who hailed from solid sheep farming stock. It was the early 1990s and vegetarianism wasn’t in vogue in South Canterbury. Alison Holst’s Meals without Meat was the only thing that stood between me and sever nutrient deficiencies. To me, the recipes in it were exotic and exciting. Fast forward 26 odd years and Alison and Simon Holst have compiled the best vegetarian recipes from Meals without Meat and their subsequent vegetarian publications into one mega book: The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection.

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Absence by Joanna King

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Joanna King is a kiwi by birth, but she now lives in Vienna and works as a journalist. This is her debut novel about four sisters who take a holiday together – but one goes missing.

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

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Marie Kondo’s latest book on how to tidy your house once and for all is a great read – if you haven’t already read her original book the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

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Julia & Libby’s Wholefood Kitchen

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They say food should be our first medicine, and that’s the premise of Julia & Libby’s Wholefood Kitchen. If you want to transform your body from the inside out, these two sisters have tried and tested their method presented in this book. They turned their diets from being highly processed and sugar-laden to wholefoods that nourish and promote health.

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Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo probably doesn’t need much of an introduction for most Aucklanders. My three young ones were fortunate enough to spend their first years only minutes from Auckland Zoo so were on very familiar terms with one Auckland’s most visited attractions. However having moved away from the area almost 4 years ago, the memory was fading fast so these school holidays were the perfect opportunity to make a re-visit and see if anything had changed. We decided to make a family afternoon trip of it on my daughters 6th birthday to make her day really special. Read the full review »

Trash Test Dummies – A Fantastically Rubbish Show!

Trash test dummies

My kids are spoilt. I don’t deny it. They get far more than their fair share of ‘cool stuff’. So these holidays we’ve been trying to DO cool stuff”. My three young ones and I have been to stage shows in the past with various degrees of popularity (my son being particularly hard to impress). This time, however, we tried our luck with a trip into the city to see the “Trash Test Dummies” – a show featured as part of the 2016 Auckland Comedy Festival. Read the full review »

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