Children’s Books

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Who Dresses God?
Written by Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Illustrated by Veronica Rooke.

This gentle story relates a conversation about God between a mother and a child as they get ready and make their way to kindergarten one morning. Told from the child’s perspective, the series of questions and answers in rhyme introduces young children to the idea of a higher being that can see, hear and speak without eyes, ears or tongue, and does not live in a house with roof, walls and locking doors.

“...For God’s house is this world we share and God is in it everywhere.

Jimbo! Don’t go!
Written by Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Illustrated by Veronica Rooke

Elephants never forget – or do they?

One rainy day Jumbo Jim is on his way home from school alone when a tiger stops and offers him a lift. Tim promises to get him home and dry quicker than a snake can blink an eye – but Jimbo says no. Mum has told him never to go with strangers. That’s when Tiger Tim says he is a family friend – and he has chocolate, too.

Will Jimbo remember his mother’s stranger danger warnings – or go with Tim?

Sleepy Socks & Sometime Rhymes
Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Poems on topics as diverse as peas, aliens and windy days feature in this lively collection that will encourage young readers to enjoy poetry and marvel at the wonder of words. Funny, thoughtful, silly and serious, Sleepy Socks and Sometime Rhymes is a celebration of the everyday and the imaginary. It is ideal for home or classroom, for sharing or for quiet moments curled up in a comfy chair.

Prospecting for nuggets, spying for the cause,

our imagination opens up the doors

to adventure and excitement. Who needs to travel far?

There’s a world for exploration exactly where we are.

Parramatta Rosie, Colonial Girl
Teena Raffa-Mulligan

It’s 1817 and Rosie has lived all her life in Parramatta. Pa came to the colony in New South Wales as a free settler and is a successful trader, importing goods from foreign lands. Ma is an ex-convict who stitches fine gowns for the ladies of the colony.

Now Pa’s brother is on his way from England with his family to join them. Rosie can hardly contain her excitement. She and Cousin Amelia will surely become the best of friends, sharing secrets and adventures.

When Pa decides to take Rosie along with him and the new arrivals to help set up their farm in the bush a day’s journey from town, she can’t believe her luck. It means leaving behind the puppy she rescued from a group of cruel boys but what fun it will be to spend every day with Amelia.

It is fun…but there is also danger. A raging bushfire threatens to destroy the farm and everyone in it. How will they survive? Will Rosie ever return home to Ma, the little kids and Patch the puppy?

 The Apostrophe Posse
by Teena Raffa-Mulligan

 Trouble comes to Tea Tree Bend…

In cowboy movies the sheriff forms a posse to round up all
the bad guys. Cam and Ellie from Daisy Cottage and their friends Billy and Louisa have formed a different posse. Their mission is to find and fix all the signs in Tea Tree Bend with missing apostrophes. The summer holidays are
almost over so they have just nine days to complete their task.

How can doing the right thing go so wrong?

The Fifty Per Cent Princess & Other Goodnight Reads
by Teena Raffa-Mulligan

There is magic, mystery, adventure and fun in this collection of short stories for young readers.

Meet a monster with a toothache, a princess who doesn’t behave like one and a fairy who can’t fly. Find out what happens when Cinderella’s slipper is the wrong fit, how to solve a Dads’ Day dilemma and the solution to losing a little brother in another time. Often funny, sometimes serious, the 15 stories are an entertaining mix of humour and whimsy, fantasy and reality.

The Fifty Per Cent Princess & Other Goodnight Reads is certain to become a family favourite for bedtime sharing or reading alone.

The Find

by Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Jake can’t believe his luck when he finds a strange object at the beach. It is shaped like a banana, gleams like a copper coin, crackles and pops and is getting hotter by the minute. The story about a flying saucer crashing in Pelican Bay must be true and this is an alien object. There is only one thing for four cousins to do – take home The Find and study it in secret. Strange things begin to happen to Jake and the cousins have to figure out how to return him to normal before the grownups find out. But just when they think their problems are over, The Find’s owner turns up and wants it back. It might have been best to leave the strange object where they found it…

An alien encounter story for young readers.