New Books for April 2015

Its publication day here at Penguin and we are delighted to share with you these beautiful new books, perfect for your classrooms and libraries!

9780670077441A River by Marc Martin  

There is a river outside my window.

Where will it take me?

So begins an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text from this award-winning picture-book creator.

Why I Love Footy by Michael Wagner, Illustrated by Tom Jellett 9780670077878

There are a bazillion reasons to love footy! These are just my biggest ones…

There’s the big tackles and amazing marks. There’s wearing the scarf and singing the song. But whether your team wins or loses, from the opening bounce to the final siren, the very best thing about footy is that we do it together.

9780143308355Do You Love Dogs by Clair Hume and Dave the Dog  

Do dogs dream?

Does tail-wagging always show that a dog is happy?

Is a pug really related to a wolf?

Can a dog be trained to ride a horse?

For thousands of years, dogs have been our best friends. They’ve kept us company, entertained us and even saved our lives.

In this fun and fascinating book, Clair Hume (with the help of her dog, Dave) explores all sorts of remarkable facts and stories about dogs. Do You Love Dogs? will help you understand more about the wonderful world of our canine companions. You’ll probably end up looking at them in a completely different way!

‘The way Clair (and Dave) share the world of dogs is truly awesome. This book is a delight – the perfect read for dog lovers of all ages.’ Vickie Davy, Director of PetRescue

Ten per cent of the author’s royalties for this book will be donated to PetRescue.

New Boy by Nick Earls  9780143308393

Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. The food is strange, it’s so different to South Africa and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang he’s learnt on the web.

But it’s the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home . . .

A moving, funny new novel by one of Australia’s best-loved authors.

9780670078684 (1)The Greatest Gatsby by Tohby Riddle  

Introducing a new, visually engaging way of presenting grammar. Appealing to the senses and the emotions with colour, texture, humour and drama, this book seeks to make the subject of grammar not only more intelligible to more people, but more memorable.


Loyal Creatures (Special Edition) by Morris Gleitzman  9780670078882

1914. War. Did I want to volunteer with Daisy? Course I did. When I told Dad he tried to wallop me round the head with a canvas bucket. ‘You’re fifteen,’ he said.

In the deserts of Egypt and Palestine young Frank experiences all the adventure he ever wanted, and a few things he wasn’t expecting. Heartbreak, love and the chance to make the most important choice of his life. From Gallipoli to the famous charge at Beersheba, through to the end of the war and its unforgettable aftermath, Frank’s story grows out of some of the key moments in Australia’s history.

The powerful story of a young man’s journey towards his own kind of bravery.


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