August round-up!

Ahoy, wild things! National Bookshop Day’s over and the Ekka’s been and gone – but August still has some treats up its sleeve. We’ve got three ripper events lined up at Wild Things over the next couple of weeks, so book yourself a spot before they’re all gone!

Launch: Dave Hackett’s Time for Bed, Daddy (book here!)


This hilarious picture book about the perils of bedtime makes the perfect present for dad this Father’s Day. How can a little girl put her daddy to bed when he doesn’t want to go? In every household with children, from the moment that bedtime is announced until the light is finally switched off, bedtime is full of fun and frustration, puns and procrastination. Time for Bed, Daddy flips the fun on bedtime, celebrating the special relationship that fathers share with their children.

Launch: Jack Heath’s The Cut Out (book here!)


A gripping YA action thriller that’s great for fans of Cherub and The Last Thirteen. Fero isn’t a spy. But he looks exactly like someone who is: Troy Maschenov, a ruthless enemy agent. But what starts as a case of mistaken identity quickly turns into a complicated and dangerous plan. Fero is recruited to fight for his country. He will have to impersonate Troy, enter enemy territory, hunt down a missing agent and bring her home in time to prevent a devastating terror attack.

Launch: Fearless with Dadwritten by Cori Brooke and illustrated by Giuseppe Poli (book here!)


Another fantastic Father’s Day gift, this gorgeous picture book by a Brisbane author tells a heartwarming tale of creativity, imagination and friendship, and celebrates the endless adventures a little boy has with his dad.

And here’s last week’s top 10 bestsellers:

  1. The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
  2. Ugly by Robert Hoge
  3. Star of Deltora 1: Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda
  4. The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
  5. In My Heart by Jo Witek
  6. Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester
  7. Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks
  8. 1001 Knights & Castles to Spot by Hazel Maskell
  9. Possum Magic by Mem Fox
  10. Island of Dr Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Events galore and NATIONAL BOOKSHOP DAY!

What’s your favourite day of the year? It is Christmas? Your birthday? Halloween? For booksellers across Australia, there’s only one answer to that question: NATIONAL BOOKSHOP DAY! Come and celebrate with us this Saturday 8 August for Wild Things’ very first National Bookshop Day – we’ve some fabulous book-themed activities lined up for you, plus popcorn and CAKE. What could be better?

We’ll be kicking off bright and early at 8.30 am, and kids can get their costume game on and come dressed as their favourite book character. Will it be the Wimpy Kid? Roald Dahl’s Matilda? Walter the Farting Dog? One of Oliver Jeffers’ crayons? The possibilities are are endless as your imagination!


Make sure you’re here at 10 am to catch lovely local author Samantha Wheeler, and stick around to see the delightful Jacqueline Harvey when she pops in for a quick meet-and-greet at 11 am. Scoff some popcorn from our footpath cart, nab some free balloons and enter our fantastic giveaways – the good times go all day!

*** BUT THERE’S MORE *** ! Budding bakers are heavily encouraged to take part in our National Bookshop Day Bake-Off at 11 am, which is taking place next door at our cousin Avid Reader and has a special section for young chefs under 13. Bon appetit!

*** THERE’S STILL MORE*** ! … Make sure you register your place for next Tuesday 11 August’s FREE launch of Brisbane author Robert Hoge’s new young readers’ edition of his fantastic memoir, Ugly. Score your spot today – register online here!