Welcome to The Children's Bookshop and The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop. We have one of the largest selections of quality children's books in New Zealand, and a range of educational toys, puzzles, games, music and audio books. Our knowledgeable staff can help select books specifically for your child, or your school library. We offer a "special order" service and will search for that special book. We pack and post worldwide.
This website is an extension of our "bricks and mortar stores". Not allof our stock is featured at present, but more titles are being added everyday. If there is something that you would particularly like to purchase online and it is not listed, drop us an email and we will add it to the site. Two of the new features we have added is that the amount of stock we have is indicated and also the status of a title, ie. when stock is due to arrive. We are making every effort to give you the most up-to-date and correct information that we have, but the accuracy of the status is out of our control as we are dependent on information supplied to us.
Our "new" Christchurch store is wearing in nicely and starting to feel more like home everyday - we do hope that you have all found us in Blenheim Rd.
Title: Princess and the foal Author: GREGG S Year: 2013 Format: Hardback Price: $24.99
Princess Haya, daughter of the King of Jordan, loves her family more than anything. So when tragedy strikes at its heart, she is devastated. The Princess becomes ever more withdrawn until, on her birthday, the King gives her a life-changing present. An incredible new friendship grows and the heartbroken princess begins to dream of an extraordinary future.
Title: Boring book Author: UNKA V Year: 2013 Format: Hardback Price: $25.00
When the words in a tedious tome decide that life is just too dull, they escape. The world will never be the same again. The words jump into street signs, they leap onto shop signs, they decorate pathways and roadways and ponds. But one day they go too far . . .Award-winning illustrator Vasanti Unka has created a picture book complete with lift-the-flap inserts which is as ingenious as it is delightful. The Boring Book explores the importance of books and words in a fun and imaginative way. Children and adults alike will love it. The Boring Book is NOT a boring book.
Title: Winters day in 1939 Author: SZYMANIK M Year: 2013 Format: Paperback Price: $18.50
Sometimes in war the toughest enemies are starvation and disease. Taken from their home, forced to leave their country, put to work in labour camps, frozen and starved, Adam doubts that he and his family will ever make it out alive. Even if they were to get away, they might freeze to death, or starve, or the bears might get them. For the Polish refugees, the whole of the USSR becomes a prison from which there is no escape.
Title: Three bears Sort of Author: MORRISON Y Illustrator: BIXLEY D Year: 2013 Format: Paperback Price: $19.50
An adult is trying to tell a child the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears - but they keep on being interrupted. Fall out of your chair laughing as a cheeky child questions the classic story of The Three Bears.
Is the huia really extinct? As children, Logan's grandfather and his sister Mavis spotted a beautiful and unusual bird in the kowhai tree outside their house: it was a huia, which was believed to be extinct. In an attempt to photograph it they tracked it deep into the Manawatu Gorge. This was a dangerous journey, made even more so when the Carson boys got wind of their mission and decided to try and find the bird first so they could shoot it and sell its highly valuable feathers. More than 60 years later, 11-year-old Logan has returned to the Manawatu with Grandpop and a scientist to try to solve the mystery of what happened to the huia all those years ago. Can the group rely on Grandpop's version of events, and find the huia's final resting place? Will the huia still be there, and will its DNA still be valuable for scientific research into NZ's native fauna? Not if the Carsons have anything to do with it ...
Bugs is about the unfolding lives of three young people in their last year of school in small-town New Zealand. Life is slow, and it seems not much happens in town or in Jez and Bugs's lives. But when Stone Cold arrives, the three come to different conclusions about how to deal with being trapped in a small town and at the bottom of the heap.
Title: Felix and the red rats Author: NORCLIFFE J Year: 2013 Format: Paperback Price: $19.99
Fantasy elements combine with realism in a junior fiction novel by an award-winning writer. The 'present day' characters are grounded in contemporary life until they step into a parallel universe. When David's uncle comes to visit he sets off a bizarre series of events. Things become complicated when the pet rats turn bright red. David senses that somehow the red rats are connected to the story he is reading, and he becomes more convinced when the colour red becomes contagious. The parallel story sees Felix and his friend Bella inadvertently shifted into a strange land where they must solve a riddle. But this puts them into great danger. How will they escape and find their way home? Young readers will want to solve the confusing conundrum of the red rats; they'll delight in the word riddles and be absorbed by David's story as well as by the fantastical adventures of Felix and Bella, skilfully told by the NZ Post Award-winning writer James Norcliffe.
Racing. Winning. That's all that matters in this exciting teen story about driving competitively. Archie Barrington, fifteen, is the third generation of his family to drive karts competitively. He's good, and this is the year he and his dad have decided he'll have a shot at the Challenge series of six races. If he comes out the winner overall then he wins the chance to race in Europe. However, he's not the only good driver after the prize. Craig is his main rival, and Craig's father is wealthy and prepared to spend whatever it takes to help his son win the Challenge. Archie doesn't let Craig worry him, but Silver Adams is another matter. She's come back into karting after a two-year break and her ambition seems to be to drive her kart like a weapon of destruction to others on the track, Archie in particular. His life isn't the smoothest at home either, thanks to Dad's new girlfriend Erica who, in Archie's opinion, is ridiculously overprotective of her seven-year-old son Felix. Karting is the last thing in the world she intends for him to do. However, shy, reserved Felix is fascinated by the whole world of karts. Archie and Craig dice all year u first Archie wins at a Challenge meeting, but next time Craig does. Archie must win the sixth and last meeting if he's to win the series. All is going well until disaster strikes in the pre-final, when he's pushed off the track and breaks an axle. That's it. Craig will go to Europe but he won't. Then Silver comes to the rescue unexpectedly and Archie is able to drive the race of his life.
Title: Necklace of souls Author: STEDMAN R Year: 2012 Format: Paperback Price: $24.99
In the Kingdom of the Rose only the power of the Guardian's necklace can keep the people safe from the forces threatening to destroy it. In a hidden kingdom a mysterious Guardian protects her people with the help of a magical necklace. But evil forces are also seeking the power of the necklace, and as the Guardian grows weaker these forces threaten to destroy the kingdom. With the help of her best friend, Will, and the enigmatic N'tombe, Dana, the rightful heir, must claim the power of the necklace and save her people. But the necklace takes a terrible toll on whoever wears it - a toll that Dana may not be prepared to face. A Necklace of Souls is the winner of the Storylines Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction
William and Melissa have been roped into helping their weird grandparents fix up their holiday home in the country. How will they cope with no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company?
Title: Mortal fire Author: KNOX E Year: 2013 Format: Paperback Price: $29.99
A mysterious and compelling teen fantasy novel. When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.