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: Pippi Longstocking Author: LINDGREN A Illustrator: CHILD L Year: 2007 Format: Hardback Price: $45.00
Pippi Longstocking is nine years old. She has just moved into Villa Villekulla where she lives all by herself with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in the village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail. Generations of children have fallen in love with Pippi Longstocking. Just like Tommy and Annika, readers are instantly charmed by her warmth and sense of fun. Astrid Lindgren's children's classic first appeared in 1945. Astrid once commented, 'I write to amuse the child within me, and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way, too.' When she was growing up, Lauren Child loved Astrid Lindgren's books. She remembers: 'I discovered Pippi when I was about eight years old and found her completely inspiring.' Known and loved as the creator of some equally feisty little girls - notably Clarice Bean and Lola - Lauren has brought her owninimitable style to this beautifully-illustrated edition of Pippi Longstocking.
Title: Pom pom puppies Make your own adorable dogs Author: CHORBA A Year: 2013 Format: Paperback Price: $27.00
Turn plain yarn into perfectly precious pups! Using the amazing custom pom-pom tool young crafters can warp, snap and snip their way to perfect pom-poms every time! Detailed directions guide dog fanciers in creating all kinds of breeds-from beagles to Yorkies and even a palm-sized version of the family pet! Cardstock punch-outs provide all the extras every well-equipped dog requires, from tags to collars to carry cases. It's everything you need to make a new best friend!
Title: Big book of art Author: TULLET H Year: 2013 Format: Spiral bound Price: $30.00
This is a first book of art! Grab it, hold it, flip through the pages, turn it upside down, there's no limit to what you can create. What do you see? Scribbles and splotches, shapes and letters, signs and lines? Now you're the artist: mix and match the patterns and paintings by simply turning the page. Use your creativity and your imagination, and most importantly, have fun! From the bestselling author of Press Here comes a new interactive book for children. The Big Book of Art offers hundreds of colors, shapes, and patterns that can be combined in different ways, leaving plenty of room for young artists to add their own stories and express themselves through their creations.
Title: Book thief Author: ZUSAK M Year: 2013 Format: Paperback Price: $27.99
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. Join in the conversation about The Book Thief with #BookThief.
Title: Frog who lost his underpants Author: MACIVER J Illustrator: CHAPMAN C Year: 2013 Format: Hardback Price: $27.99
Will Froggy's new friends be able to find his lost underpants? Hopping through the jungle, this way, that way. Frog is in a frenzy, scattering the ants. Teddy's looking too now, this place, that place. Will they ever find those jolly underpants? Rhythm, rhyme and repetition make this book an outstanding read aloud. Written by New Zealand author Juliette MacIver, an outstanding new talent, who follows in the footsteps of the late Margaret Mahy. Look out for her next picture book, Toucan Can published by Gecko Press. Classroom notes available.
Title: Ivy and Bean Author: BARROWS A Illustrator: BLACKALL S Series: Ivy and Bean 1 Year: 2007 Format: Paperback Price: $11.99
Ivy and Bean are sure they won't like each other. But a little mischief later--and suddenly they're best friends! With very real, strong girl characters, this terrific friendship story is laugh-out-loud funny and makes a charming and addictive introduction to a series packed with verve, imagination and mischief. First in a series which is Ideal for the newly confident reader.
It's a very busy world! The simple push or pull of a tab in these interactive board books can cause all sorts of amazing things to happen! Collect these ten spectacular titles in the Busy Books series.
Title: Canterbury quake Author: WALLACE D Series: My New Zealand story Year: 2014 Format: Paperback Price: $18.50
Maddy is a typical 11-year-old girl living in Christchurch - her diary starts in early August with her desperate for a mobile phone, and talking about her best friend Laura, Glee and singing in the school choir, homework, teachers, her siblings ... And then the first earthquake hits on 4 September and her world changes.
Title: Easter things to make and do with 250 stickers
Illustrator: KNIGHTON K
An enchanting activity book full of exciting ideas for things to make and do for Easter. Each project is accompanied by simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions and photograph of the final creation. Projects include designing a pop-up chick card, decorating eggs, drawing Easter bunnies, printed lambs and simple Easter recipes. Two pages of stickers help make each activity look their best.
Title: Easter story Author: PUNTER R Illustrator: JOVEN J Series: First reading Level 4 Year: 2013 Format: Hardback Price: $10.99
The traditional story, retold for younger readers with vibrant, quirky and evocative artwork. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, which includes over 250 titles across seven levels, with books to interest every child. Developed in conjunction with experts at Roehampton University.
Title: ANZAC puppy Author: MILLETT P Illustrator: BOWLES T Year: 2014 Format: Paperback Price: $19.50
In the middle of the night, in the middle of the winter, in the middle of a war, a puppy was born. This fictional story was inspired by the true story of Freda, a Harlequin Great Dane and mascot of the NZ Rifle Brigade during World War 1. The ANZAC Puppy is a simple story about the reality of war, hardship, friendship and love.
Title: Ships and boats, First book of
Author: TRANSPORT COLLECTION
Illustrator: THOMAS I
From cargo ships to cruise liners and everything in between! Find out all about 30 types of ships and boats - steam boats, speed boats, barges and many more - in this beautifully illustrated and annotated first guide to ships and boats. Includes a fun spotter's chart to fill in!
Tory Brennan - great niece of Dr Temperance Brennan - and the Virals return for their most terrifying adventure yet. Morris Island has barely had a chance to return to normality after the high profile trial of the Gamemaster, when two local students seem to vanish into thin air.Tory Brennan and the Virals pack move quickly in their attempts to discover what has happened to their twin classmates. But the pack's canine powers are growing wilder, and it is becoming ever harder to conceal the secret which protects them. When Tory and her friends find evidence of blood in the students' basement, they realise that the disappearance is no game. But in order to save the twins, the Virals must risk the exposure of their powers, and in doing so put even their own lives in terrible danger.
Title: Great mysteries of the world
Author: HAMMOND R
Richard Hammond - TV presenter and self-confessed mystery addict - invites you to journey with him to the planet's most puzzling places . . . Explore the ancient pyramids, Stonehenge and the Bermuda Triangle. Hunt for werewolves, vampires, aliens and the Abominable Snowman. You can gather clues, facts and interesting tales as you go (just try not to get too distracted by Richard's unbelievable jokes). Then it's up to you decide what's really going on. Don't miss this incredible, fully illustrated gift book from Britain's best-loved TV personality. Explore the world's greatest mysteries - all from the comfort of your armchair!