Brace yourself people, we have got a super exciting, uber clever, new feature on Booko that is going to make your shopping so much easier! Stick around because we’re sharing all the details on Thursday’s blog.
Let Frog, Dog and Cat guide you through the alphabet from Aardvark to Zebra in this hilarious new picture book, Oi Aardvark.
Jimmy Rees has offered fabulous light relief for many throughout Australian’s various lockdowns and now with Bedtime Sorted he’s sharing a laugh with the children about the bedtime excuses.
Back to Sleep by Zoe Foster Blake is a clever, playful, laugh-out-loud story that celebrates the ups and downs of family life. Kids and parents will enjoy sharing.
Stop the Dad Jokes is full of Dad jokes that are embarrassing, goofy and NOT FUNNY! A trip to the zoo with Dad means seeing lots of animals… and hearing plenty of dad jokes too!
Katrina Germain brings Dad back by popular demand with more hilarious material in My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny.
Father’s Day is fast approaching – and, for those of us who cannot celebrate with our father-figures in person, what better way to show our appreciation than through a well-chosen book? Easy to buy and send for the giver, and hours of enjoyment for the receiver! Here are some Booko favourites for Father’s Day gifting:
Blessed: The Breakout Year of Rampaging Roy Slaven by John Doyle
It seems entirely appropriate that the launch of Rampaging Roy Slaven’s memoirs coincides with this year’s Olympic Games – after all, Roy and his partner HG Nelson are two of Australia’s best Olympics commentators. Blessed is the coming-of-age story of this Australian icon, raconteur, and athlete of “unsurpassable sporting feats” – a record of Roy’s “breakout” year as a 15 year-old in Lithgow, rural NSW in 1967. Blessed is a tender and insightful depiction of a community on the cusp of great change -it handles some difficult issues with a light but respectful touch. With additional tantalising hints of the life of John Doyle, the fictional Roy’s creator, this intriguing fictional memoir is a must-read.
We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson
Looking for a big, emotional story after finishing Boy Swallows Universe or Bridge of Clay? We Were Not Men may just do the trick (praised by Trent Dalton himself as “gut-punching” and “soul-restoring” ). We Were Not Men is a powerful, moving and ultimately uplifting story of twin brothers, Jon and Eden, and their grandmother Bobbie. Thrown together as the remnants of a family fractured by a shocking accident, we see the effort and bravery it takes to heal from unspeakable tragedy, and we also see the ebb and flow of the twins’ bond as they grow up, compete against each other, leave each other behind and catch up with each other again. Campbell Mattinson’s debut novel has been 30 years in the making – and is absolutely worth the wait.
Josh Niland is so respected that his masterclasses pack out concert halls. He is particularly known for “Scale-to-Tail” eating and cooking, adapting this sustainable and respectful approach from meat cookery. Take One Fish offers recipes for 15 global species of fish – from cheap and accessible sardines and herrings, to luxe coral trout and groper. These recipes utilise as much as 90% of each fish (nearly double of regular recipes) through innovative cutting and cooking techniques. Look out for his surprising and perfect recipes of fish versions of classic dishes, including Peking coral trout, swordfish schnitzel and John Dory liver terrine – terrific inspiration, especially for Foodies and pescatarians!
Halliday Wine Companion 2022 by James Halliday
Every year, the wine industry awaits the latest edition of the Halliday Wine Companion as eagerly as wine lovers. This bestseller is widely recognised as the go-to guide to Australian wine, with comprehensive reviews by a trusted team of critics. There’s information on wine ratings, alcohol content, best by drinking, regions, winery reviews and varietals, and it also highlights the best of the year’s output with its prestigious awards for wines, winemakers as well as for wineries. Halliday Wine Companion has all you need to know about wine buying and collecting, plus it makes a great guidebook for wine tourism!
Tales From The Perilous Realm by J. R. R. Tolkien
For father-figures who love fantasy, here is a beautifully-illustrated volume that collects Tolkien’s five novellas for the first time. Tales From the Perilous Realm contains Farmer Giles of Ham, Roverandom, The Tale of Tom Bombadil, Leaf by Niggle, and Smith of Wootton Major – these are Tolkien’s take on fairy tales, and they are as full of magic, adventure and charm as his longer works. Their shorter lengths also make them great read-alouds! The delicate and detailed illustrations are by Alan Lee, who has a deep connection to Tolkien’s worlds through previously illustrating editions of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit, as well as working on concept art for both film series.
How We Became Human: and Why We Need to Change by Tim Dean
Philosopher and journalist Tim Dean tries to make sense of our current social flashpoints – including racism, sexism, religious conflict and partisan politics – in his first book, How We Became Human. Tim suggests that, over thousands of years, humans have developed morality, and associated “moral emotions” (such as empathy, guilt and outrage), to differentiate between friend and foe. These are powerful tools that have helped humans co-exist in ever-larger, more productive societies. However, our morals have fallen out of step with our increasingly diverse world; so we will need to separate what’s natural from what’s right, in order to reframe morality for the modern world. How to Be Human is a compelling read for those who love to ponder life’s big questions.
Ahhhh Dad jokes, there’s nothing like the look on a Dad’s face when he thinks he landed a goodie. What’s the best joke your Dad likes to tell? Word of warning, if you meet my Dad, never say you are hungry or you’ll be called that all day. 🙄
Father’s Day is fast approaching and we are here to help you with fabulous gift ideas. On the blog this week Karen is sharing the best books to give Dad this year, be sure to check back on Thursday.
In At The Deep End is a deliciously disarming debut novel about a twenty-something Londoner who discovers that she may have been looking for love and pleasure in all the wrong places.