Aussie Kids Love Stickers

Aussie kids love stickers, and I’ve pulled together a collection of sticker books to delight all ages. And the best thing? They’ve all been selected from the Boomerang Books Australia’s Top 1000 Bestselling Books list, which means you save 20% off the RRP. Great stuff, hey?Peppa Pig Summer Fun Sticker Activity Book

First up is from the increasingly popular character, Peppa Pig in Peppa Pig: Summer Fun! Sticker Activity Book, which contains lots of puzzles and activities.

For early learners, we have Colours by Roger Priddy, which has over 100 early learning stickers. Author Roger Priddy also has another sticker book in the Top 1000 list called Animals, which contains another 100 early learning stickers to help young children learn about animals.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Elf School Shiny Sticker Book features elves and fairies in a story where kids use the stickers to complete puzzles and games.

Ultimate Sticker Book- FrozenFor fans of all things Disney, we have two sticker books bound to please, Ultimate Sticker Book: Frozen, which contains more than 60 reusable stickers and Ultimate Sticker Collection: Disney Princess which contains an astounding 1000 reusable stickers and includes the following movies: Aladdin, Cinderella, Tangled and Brave.

For kids a little older, The LEGO Movie Ultimate Sticker Collection, contains over 1,000 colourful and reusable stickers of your favourite characters from the movie, and will be sure to get you humming everything is awesome.

Finally, published in Australia, the Star Wars Sticker Activity Book is sure to excite fans. In this book, readers will race and win the epic podracer game, and then use the stickers (and the force) to repair droids, battle Sith Lords and defeat the evil Empire. Sounds like fun.Star Wars Sticker Book

I remember loving stickers as a child, and it’s one thing that hasn’t changed over time. Despite all of the advances in technology, kids still love to peel and stick stickers on stuff. My wardrobe and dressing table mirror were covered in stickers, some selected with care and some hastily applied. I hope the love of stickers continues on with each generation, and with new books like those I’ve selected above, I’ve no doubt it will.

For those that remain unconvinced, here are some home remedies for removing stickers:
– Eucalyptus or tea tree oil
– Vinegar
– Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, usually purchased from the chemist
– Heating the sticker with a hairdryer and then peeling it off.

These remedies should put your mind at ease in the event any stickers end up where they shouldn’t. With prices for these sticker books varying from $3.19 to $11.99, there should be a sticker book to suit every taste and budget.

My Family And A Sausage

Lost and FoundA former work colleague has a drawing above her desk drawn for her by the child of a family friend. Entitled My Family And A Sausage (MFAAS) it is, as the name suggests, a stick-figure picture of the child’s parents, siblings, pet dog, and a, er, sausage.

We can’t pretend to understand children’s logic, but our adult estimation (because we feel the need to make sense of things rather than accept them for what they are, fun, random, and illogical though they may be) is that they drew too many roundish stick figures. Instead of scrapping the artwork, they incorporated the error: why wouldn’t a sausage appear in a family portrait?

It’s MFAAS thinking that’s required to create children’s books that capture our imaginations and our hearts. Oliver Jeffers has that in spades (that’s a compliment, by the way). Although I don’t have kids and don’t know or hang out with many of them either, I desperately want to buy and give away copies of his books to kids and then secretly buy copies for myself.

Up and DownYou’ve seen them, right? The ones with the penguins so cute you want to squeeze them. Like Lost and Found and Up and Down. While my stick figures (in fact, any attempt I make at art) are wonky and more than a little lame, Jeffers takes stick figures and makes them so cute they couldn’t not be published. Sigh. He can write. He can draw. He’s funny. And he’s retained that brilliant, upside-down, child-like way of looking at the world. Isn’t that exactly what every artist would love to do and be?

Thankfully Jeffers is sharing his skills. He dropped by The Guardian’s website the other day to give some advice on How To Draw A Penguin. With circles and a dab of colour, he makes it seem easy. Oh, and he incorporates sausages into his drawing. Clearly sausages are the key!