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1 y separately published work icon Robin's Destiny Beattie Alvarez , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2020 17200703 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Michael Robins has a new game. It’s cool. It’s retro. It has bows and arrows, an evil king and something that he can see out of the corner of his eye.

'A chance glitch and a child’s sticky fingers finds Michael and his friends sucked inside the computer where the game is reality and The Master is about to reset the program.

'Time is running out. Complete the levels or be deleted.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon A Christmas Cornucopia Beattie Alvarez (editor), David Allan (editor), Armidale : Christmas Press , 2019 18458493 2019 anthology short story

'A Christmas Cornucopia is a delicious feast of Christmas stories — and food —from well-known and emerging Australian authors. With delectable illustrations by David Allan and Fiona McDonald, this is a book sure to make your tummy grumble!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Petal and the Really Hard Riddle Kathryn England , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2019 16945851 2019 single work children's fiction children's 'Petal’s father likes to boast about his daughter. According to him she can do anything. One day, a particularly over-the-top boast about her spinning skill makes its way across the land into the King’s ear and Petal is brought to the palace. The King orders Petal to demonstrate her skill. With no hope of doing what her father says she can do, Petal agrees to a deal offered by a tricky old man who will carry out the task if she can answer a really hard riddle. But surely it can’t be that hard, can it?

A lively, funny take on Rumpeltstiltskin.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Second Look Books 2018 Armidale : Christmas Press , 2018- 15035809 2018 series - publisher children's fiction children's
1 y separately published work icon Princess Hayley's Comet Rebecca Fung , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2018 15334603 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Princess Hayley has everything a princess could want … except a comet. It’s her only birthday wish. Comets are so sparkly and they shoot through the sky so fast – who wouldn’t want one? But then Hayley realises the only way she’s going to get her wish is to catch a comet for herself. Joined by the very best friends a princess could have, Hayley aims to build the biggest and best – the only – comet-catcher in the world and make sure her birthday dream comes true!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon A Miniature Christmas Beattie Alvarez (editor), Armidale : Christmas Press , 2018 14803334 2018 anthology short story children's

'Goblins and genies, mice and magic, fairies and fun: a dozen spellbinding stories of miniature worlds at Christmas by established and emerging Australian writers for children, illustrated in full colour by talented new illustrators from Australia and overseas.

'Featuring stories by Pamela Freeman, Stephen Hart, Dianne Bates, Natalie Jane Prior, Stephanie Smee, Oliver Phommavanh, Kathy Creamer, Ian Irvine, Juliet Marillier, George Ivanoff, Michael Grey, Rebecca Fung.

'Illustrated by Siobhan McVey, Sally Heinrich, Amy Golbach, Jennifer Polan, Kathy Creamer, Sandra Severgnini, Amy Bogard, Simone Hale, Penelope Pratley.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Lucy Newton, Little Witch Phoebe McArthur , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2018 14802940 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Lucy’s mum is always busy, going to this meeting and that, leaving Lucy alone in their old house with one strict rule: NO MAGIC.

'Lucy doesn’t mean to conjure the giant green slug. She only wanted a friendly kitten to keep her company.

'Now, with the help of a talking spellbook and a grumpy cat called Thomas, she must race to get rid of the slug before it eats the prized cabbage garden of the witch next door — and before her mum gets home.

'A lively,  entertaining story for young readers.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon A Christmas Menagerie Beattie Alvarez (editor), Armidale : Christmas Press , 2017 13462470 2017 anthology short story 'From the wombat who creates a beautiful tree to the pony who finds a new home, from a bear with a delicious recipe to Santa's unexpected helper and many more: meet the special animals who feature in these sparkling new stories for young readers, from both established and emerging authors, in a collection of entertaining illustrated tales for young readers, spiced with a touch of Christmas magic. 'Edited by Beattie Alvarez, A Christmas Menagerie features original stories by popular authors Gabrielle Wang, Sherryl Clark, Michael Pryor, Janeen Brian and Sophie Masson, as well as several new and emerging writers, and is beautifully illustrated in full colour by David Allan, Kathy Creamer, Fiona McDonald, Ingrid Kallick, and Yvonne Low.' (Publication summary)
1 y separately published work icon Two Enchanted Tales from Old China Gabrielle Wang , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2017 12047752 2017 selected work short story

'In the black velvety mantle of the night sky, two young people fall in love, only to be parted; while in a far-away time, a lonely and mistreated girl finds herself at a ball in a dress of sea green silk and a kingfisher cloak: two beautiful, magical tales from old China, The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd, and The Magic Fishbones, are here enchantingly retold for young readers by award-winning author Gabrielle Wang and evocatively illustrated by David Allan.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 2 y separately published work icon A Toy Christmas Sophie Masson , Sophie Masson (editor), Armidale : Christmas Press , 2016 9436925 2016 anthology children's fiction

'A fabulous anthology of twelve entertaining seasonal tales, featuring the special Christmassy magic of toys, by twelve Australian authors, both established and emerging. Illustrated throughout in full colour.' (Publication summary)

1 2 y separately published work icon Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia John Heffernan , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2016 9175035 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'The ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia, located in what is now Iraq, Syria and Kuwait, produced one of the world's great heroic sagas, the Epic of Gilgamesh.

'In this exciting, lively retelling, popular author John Heffernan brings two stories from the Epic to engaging life for young readers, while new illustrator Kate Durack's striking illustrations, inspired by Ancient Mesopotamian art, superbly illuminate the mythical world of the heroic brothers.' (Publication summary)

1 2 y separately published work icon This School Is Driving Me Nuts : And Other Funny Plays for Kids Duncan Ball , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2016 9173831 2016 selected work drama children's

'Launch title for the Second Look imprint of Christmas Press, this hilarious collection of nine short plays for kids, written by popular author Duncan Ball, ranges from a comic monologue to a play that can involve a whole class, and everything in between. It will suit use both in the classroom and on stage, as well as being lots of fun to read at home. Capturing the imagination and tickling the funny bones of young readers and actors, the plays range from spoof mystery to fantasy to school capers, all with a great zing of humour. The book also includes tips on staging the plays. Originally published as Comedies for Kids in 1988, this fabulous collection has been fully revised and updated by the author, and with a brand new play, The Teeth of a Vampire', added. The lively cover and internal illustrations are by well-known illustrator Craig Smith. Recommended for children aged 7-12.  '  (Publication summary)

1 3 y separately published work icon Two Troll Tales from Norway Margrete Lamond , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2016 10216337 2016 single work children's fiction children's fable

'Retold in lively and authentic style by Norwegian-Australian author Margrete Lamond, and sumptuously illustrated by Norwegian-American illustrator Ingrid Kallick, these stories of magic and mischief from Norway will enthral young readers. ' (Publication summary)

1 3 y separately published work icon Three Dragons for Christmas Fiona MacDonald , Sophie Masson , Beattie Alvarez , Fiona MacDonald (illustrator), Lisa Stewart (illustrator), Beattie Alvarez (illustrator), Armidale : Christmas Press , 2015 9128930 2015 selected work picture book children's

'Can a dragon make the toymakers' luck change? Can a dragon pull Santa's sleigh? And will the dragon family get their Christmas feast? Find out in these three entertaining, original stories for Christmas, gorgeously illustrated, featuring everyone's favourite magical creatures: dragons! Great for sharing aloud or for children to read by themselves.' (Publication summary)

1 2 y separately published work icon Two Tengu Tales from Japan Duncan Ball , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2015 8281359 2015 selected work short story children's fiction

'Japanese folklore is full of stories about the tengu, magical beings who grant wishes to those who ask them. But watch out–wishes don't always turn out as you expected!

'In this lively, engaging retelling of two fantastic tengu tales, Duncan Ball introduces young readers to the folk world of old Japan, while David Allan's beautiful illustrations set an atmosphere inspired by classic Japanese art.' (Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon Two Tales of Twins from Ancient Greece and Rome Ursula Dubosarsky , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2014 7920608 2014 selected work picture book children's

'Twin baby gods with extraordinary powers from birth; twin boys brought up by a wolf, whose quarrel will one day make the greatest city in the world: from the pen of multi-award winning author Ursula Dubosarsky comes this fresh and lively retelling of two great myths from Greece and Rome, re-imagined fro young readers, and illustrated in gorgeous classical style by David Allan.' (Publication summary)

1 4 y separately published work icon Two Selkie Stories from Scotland Kate Forsyth , Fiona MacDonald (illustrator), Armidale : Christmas Press , 2014 7920534 2014 selected work picture book

'Two beautiful traditional Scottish fairy tales, The Selkie Bride and In the Kingdom of the Seals, are brought to enchanting and haunting new life by two creators who are themselves eerily linked to the magical world of the shape-shifting selkies, who are seals in the water and humans on land. For Kate's ancestors were the McPhees, who, legend says, are descended from the union of Dougal McPhee and his melancholy selkie bride, while Fiona's McDonald ancestors, lairds of the Western Isles, have a strange connection to the McPhees as well, a connection she only discovered while working on the book!' (Publication summary)

1 2 y separately published work icon Once Upon a Christmas Beattie Alvarez , Armidale : Christmas Press , 2014 7212963 2014 anthology children's fiction poetry children's fiction children's

'A magical Christmas mix of stories, poems, memoirs and illustrations from some of Australia's favourite children's authors and illustrators, as well as emerging new talent, and some special guests from overseas. From the funny to the ghostly, fantasy to adventure, from peace and love to action and the unexpected, from recipes to carols, whether you dip in or devour, read aloud or read under the covers, there's something in this beautiful lavish book for everyone to enjoy. Featuring Duncan Ball, Ursula Dubosarsky, Kate Forsyth, Sally Rippin, Susanne Gervay, Michael Pryor, Kim Gamble, Stephen Axelsen, Pamela Freeman, Libby Hathorn, Nette Hilton, Juliet Marillier, Adle Geras-and many many more fantastic authors and illustrators! Christmas Press will donate a percentage of the proceeds from this book to Room to Read, an innovative global non-profit which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in ten developing countries in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. ' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Two Tales Armidale : Christmas Press , 2013-2017 12047789 2013 series - publisher short story

A series of eight books, one of which Two Fearsome Tales from France, was written by English author Adèle Geras: the other seven are indexed on AustLit.

1 3 y separately published work icon Two Trickster Tales from Russia Sophie Masson , David Allan (illustrator), Armidale : Christmas Press , 2013 7920680 2013 selected work picture book children's

'Meet a brave little girl called Masha who outwits a big bad bear with some tasty pies, and a beautiful but none too bright rooster, his long-suffering friends, and a cunning fox! Two Trickster Tales from Russia is the launch title for Christmas Press, a new Australian publisher specialising in beautiful picture books for children which feature traditional stories from many lands, retold by well-known authors and stunningly illustrated in a classic style. Two Trickster Tales from Russia includes the lively, funny Russian folktales, Masha and the Bear and The Rooster with the Golden Crest, retold in a fresh and engaging style by awardwinning writer Sophie Masson, author of more than fifty books for children and young adults. It is the first book for new illustrator David Allan, and his gorgeous illustrations are inspired by classic Russian children's picture books. Suitable for a wide age range, Two Trickster Tales from Russia is a delight to read aloud to young children, as well as for older children to read on their own, and makes a wonderful gift for Christmas and any time of the year.' (Publication summary)

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