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: 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.
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.
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.
You're alone, in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You only have a few minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you... What do you do?The Minecraft Beginner's Handbook might just save your life. Inside you''ll find expert tips on how to build shelter, find and gather resources, and craft armour and weapons to protect yourself from the terrifying creatures that come out at night.Filled with exclusive tips from the creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, as well as experts and celebrities, the Minecraft Beginners Handbook teaches readers how to survive and make it to the next level in this elaborate gaming universe.
It's time to wire up and get connected to one of the most complex areas of Minecraft: Redstone. Here, experts guide you through all aspects of working with Redstone including mining, smelting, using repeaters, circuit components and circuit designs. This handbook also includes exclusive tips from game creator Notch himself and some of the most extraordinary Redstone creations ever made. So power up and get switched on to Redstone - it's electrifying
In 'Minecraft', you're never alone and the threat of attack is constant. 'The Official Combat Handbook' will teach you everything you need to know to defend yourself from hostile mobs (monsters) and enemy players. It's packed with tips from Minecraft experts on how to build a fort, craft armour and weapons, set mob traps and defeat your enemies in one-to-one combat.
From theme parks with incredible water slide rides to entire pirate coves complete with galleons - is there nothing that can't be achieved in Minecraft? Here the experts talk you through amazing constructions which range from awe inspiring cathedrals to wacky inventions like the hilarious animal cannon that catapults cows out to sea Find out which are Notch's personal favourites and get step-by-step instructions to fuel your own creative genius. Be ore-some
Title: One girl one dream Author: DEKKER L Year: 2014 Format: Paperback Price: $29.99
The amazing autobiographical account of the youngest ever solo circumnavigation of the Earth. Aged just 14, New Zealand-born Laura Dekker defied the authorities and braved the open oceans to realise her dream of becoming the youngest ever sailor to circumnavigate the Earth. When she finished the journey she was still only 16, the youngest ever person to achieve this feat. Her extraordinary story is both a real-life adventure for all ages, and an inspirational account of how a free spirit and will to succeed can accomplish anything.
Title: Waitangi Day The New Zealand story Author: WERRY P Year: 2015 Format: Paperback Price: $24.99
Aimed at younger readers but providing an excellent resource for the whole family, this new book looks at the rich history behind Waitangi Day, universally recognised as New Zealand's national day. It reviews the historic events behind the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and charts the celebrations, tensions and protests witnessed in the years that followed, concluding with a summary of the Waitangi Day events held around the country on 6th February today. All aspects of the story are covered, from the first interactions in Northland with Maori, sealers, whalers and missionaries, to the gifting of the treaty grounds by Lord and Lady Bledisloe, the impact of the New Zealand Wars and two World Wars, royal visits, the rise of Maori activism and claims for sovereignty. Historic and colour photographs portray the numerous historic sites in and around the Bay of Islands which have relevance to the Waitangi story, and record the politics of change that led to formal recognition of The Waitangi Day Act in 1976. An engaging informative text gives children a very well balanced view of the significance and background to New Zealand's celebration of Waitangi Day.