Floating on a sea of stories

As part of the Open Inner West Festival, Leichhardt Library will be presenting Floating on a sea of stories, a special storytelling performance based on traditional children’s stories from Japan. Come on a journey with Oshin as he meets a host of marvellous characters from sailors and fishermen to monsters. This is a free event. All ages welcome but bookings are essential.



Gary – Leila Rudge – CBCA Early Childhood nomination

The bird could have been called Barry or Kevin and we would have thought that it was a uniquely Australian beginning. It starts off a bit sad but it ends up happy. He is not your regular pigeon. This would probably be my favourite of all of the books nominated.  The pictures are interesting, the story is original and it is kind of warm and fuzzy.


Friday Joke Time

50 Hilarious Jokes for Kids

1. Where do sheep go to get their hair cut?

To the baa-baa shop!

2. What is a pirate’s favourite letter?


3. Why are leopards so bad at playing hide and seek?

Because they’re always spotted!

4. Why did the boy take a ladder to school?

Because he though it was a HIGH school!

5. What time do you go to the dentist?

At tooth-hurty!

6. Why did the banana go to the doctor?

Because he wasn’t peeling very well!

7. What kind of button can you not undo?

A belly button!

8. What kind of keys can’t open locks?

Monkeys! (or donkeys or turkeys!)

9. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Juno who?

Juno how to open this door? It’s stuck!

10. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Scott who?

Scott nothing to do with you!

11. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Apple who?


Apple who??


Apple who??


Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn’t say apple?

12. What type of jam can’t be eaten?

A traffic jam!

13. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Ivana who?

Ivana come in, please open the door!

14. Why can’t you trust atoms?

They make up everything!

15. What kind of witch do you find at the beach?

A SANDwich!

16. What keeps rock stars cool?

Their fans!

17. What has two hands but no arms?

A clock!

18. Where do cows like to go on the weekend?

To the MOOvies!

19. What do cows like to listen to on their headphones?

MOOsic of course!

20. Why did the scarecrow win an award?

Because he was the best in his field!

21. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Doris who?

Doris locked! Please let me in!

22. Knock, knock

Who’s there?

Interrupting cow.

Interrupting co….


23. What do you call a sleeping bull?

A bull dozer!

24. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Ken who?

Ken I come in? It’s raining out here!

25. What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?

Time to get a new one!

26. What type of dog can tell the time?

A watch dog!

27. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Boo who?

Oh, don’t cry! It’s only a knock, knock joke!

28. What do you call an alligator wearing a vest?

An inVESTigator!

29. What kind of nut has no shell?

A doughnut!

30. What do elephants have that no other animals have?

Baby elephants!

31. Why are fish so smart?

Because they live in schools!

32. What is the biggest kind of ant?

An elephANT!

33. What gets wetter the more it dries?

A towel!

34. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Pizza who?

Pizza really great guy!

35. Who absolutely loves cocoa?

A coconut, of course!

36. Why did the burglar take a bath?

Because he wanted to make a clean getaway!

37. Knock, knock

Who’s there?

Little old lady.

Little old lady who?

Hey, I didn’t know you could yodel!

38. What do you call a baby insect?

A baby buggy!

39. Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Lettuce who?

Lettuce in, it’s freezing out here!

40. What kind of beans don’t grown in the garden?

Jelly beans!

41. What do pigs use to write a letter?

A pigPEN!

42. What runs but cannot walk?

A river!

43. What piece of wood is like a king?

A ruler!

44. What kind of fish is famous?

A STAR fish!

45. How did the ocean say goodbye?

It waved!

46. What type of phone can’t be used to call a friend?

A xylophone!

47. What has teeth but does not bite?

A zipper!

48. What do you do with a space man?

You park in it, man!

49. What do you call a dinosaur with only one eye?

A Do-you-think-he-saw-us!

50. Why was the teacher cross eyed?

Because he couldn’t control his pupils!

A big shout out and thank you to Debs at Learn with Play at Home, Kate at  and Danya at Go Science Girls for contributing to this list! Be sure to check out Go Science Girls for even more hilarious jokes for kids!


Mechanica – a beginner’s field guide – Lance Balchin – Picture Book of the Year

This totally deserves a nomination for the pictures. No tissues necessary, though perhaps a sense of humour and an open and inquiring mind may be handy. It is okay, you don’t need to make an appointment with a special doctor. If you are totally confused by this book, just enjoy the pictures and hope for the best.



Out – Angela May George and Owen Swan – Picture Book Nomination – CBCA Award

This is not one for the faint of heart. It is a very moving picture book which has been nominated (as all books have in this section) for its illustrations.

It is very topical and very emotional. It has a message of hope but it is also very sad. I would not read this to a very young person, I would aim it more for a school aged child, because of the issues that it discusses.

It is very tenderly told and the illustrations are surely noteworthy.