Friday, 9 September 2016

We're Jigsaw Mad at Maisie's

Trade in your used jigsaws

Wasgij? (that's 'jigsaw' back to front) are
tricky puzzles where the image
you have to make is what the
characters see, not the image on
the box.

Bring in your good quality used jigsaw puzzles and we'll give you credit on another used or new jigsaw puzzle. You could say we're a Jigsaw Exchange. We like top quality brands eg. Ravensburger, Heye, Holdson's, Castorland, Blue Opal, Jumbo and Sunsout. The most popular size is 1000 piece, but we also buy smaller sizes in designs suitable for both kids and adults. 
100% Guarantee! If you find any jigsaw from us has pieces missing, bring it back and we'll swap it for another jigsaw, new for new, 2nd hand for 2nd hand.

 Call us on 08 8271 5333 or email to find out if we have the titles you're looking for.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Writers on Writers

As a reader, you naturally wonder about the lives of authors. Were they imaginative children? Have they ever been to the places they write about? Are they as kind or brave as the people in their books? Are they witty? Luckily, some of them have written tell-all memoirs about themselves, or else another author has written a warts-and-all expose about them. (I wonder which is the most truthful?)
In "Mrs Woolf and the Servants" (our price $14.90) Alison Light explores the household of noted feminist Virginia Woolf and probes her relationship with her domestic staff in a biography cum social history that The Times called "horrifyingly entertaining".

Some authors' lives you might enjoy:

"Goodbye to All That" by Robert Graves (author of "I, Claudius") A harrowing account of his wartime experience and one of the most candid self-portraits by an artist ever written.($12.90)

"Out of The Sky She Came" by Valerie Lawson. The extraordinary life of P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins (Out of print: $65.00)

"Hemingway, The Paris Years" by Michael Reynolds. Hemingway was not entirely truthful in his own memmoirs, and Reynolds teases apart the facts and the lies. ($16.00)

"A Man's Got To Have a Hobby" by William McInnes. In which is revealed the early home life of the loved Aussie actor and writer. ($12.90)

"Jane Austen, A Life" by Claire Tomalin. Surely the most written about English novelist of all time. Plenty of notes and illustrations. ($14.90)

"The Life of Graham Greene" Vols I & 2 by Norman Sherry. Did you know the author of The Quiet American and Brighton Rock was himself a spy? (Hard cover books with dustjackets $30.00)

"The Poet's Wife" by Mandy Sayer. She was a busker. He was a poet and Vietnam veteran. She was white from Australia. He was black and from the Deep South. What happened when they married will thrill, move, perplex and enrage you. ($16.00)

"The Puzzles of Childhood" by Manning Clark. His early life, described by The Age as "An awful childhood" ($11.90)

"Salinger" by David Shields and Shane Salerno. On the enigmatic author of "The Catcher in the Rye". ($14.00)
All books in stock at time of posting. Call us on 08 8271 5333 or email to find out if we have the titles you're looking for. We're open 10am to 4pm Wednesday - Sunday. 143A Goodwood Rd, Goodwood, SA.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

There's been a run on Collectible Children's books this week, with customers snapping up titles from the Anne of Green Gables, Just William, Chalet School and Trixie Belden Mystery series.

We've added a page with a catalogue of just the Trixie Belden books now in stock, starting at $7.50 each. You can view it on this link

Also in stock: Nancy Drew Mysteries, Hardy Boys Mysteries, Heidi series, Secret Seven and Famous Five.

Call us on 08 8271 5333 or email to find out if we have the titles you're looking for.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Adelaide Writers Week - Get Ready!

Balmy days in the shade of giant trees, good coffee and food and the best of company - that's Writers Week in Adelaide. This year it's Saturday 27th Feb to Thursday 3rd March, so mark your diary. We'll have this year's FREE program for you to pick up from the last week in January. Look for books by Writer's Week authors on our display shelves, on the left as you come in the door. They include Kate Grenville ("The Secret River") Tim Flannery ("The Weather Makers") Lisa Genova ("Left Neglected")and Peter May ("The Blackhouse").

 phone 8271 5333 or email

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Open Until Christmas!

New Stock to Complete Your Christmas Shopping!

Hasn't it been hot?! We don't blame you if you haven't braved the shops in this weather. It will be cool again on Sunday and we'll be open EVERY DAY 10am to 4pm up to and including Christmas Eve. (Hot weather hours apply on Saturday 19th; 9am to 1pm)

New Pathfinder Mechanical Wood Models have arrived. Your resident engineer will love the Da Vinci Helicopter or Ornithopter and the family medievalist will go ape for a scale model Medieval Seige Tower. The Dinosaur and Pteranodon are perfect for kids, who can paint them when completed. If your taste is Robotics, buy yourself a Hydraulic Robotic Arm that you can actually use to move things around on your desk. These are all kits that you make yourself using the easy to follow instructions. Even the glue is provided.
To reserve yours call 8271 5333 or email 
Da Vinci Helicopter $42.50

medieval Seige Tower $46.90

Friday, 27 November 2015

Amazing Working Models - Just In!

Brilliant Automatons and Machines

Just arrived - amazing moving wooden models you can make yourself: an ornithopter, pet pteranodon or a dragon, a robotic arm and a medieval trebuchet. You put the whole mechanism together yourself using the parts and instructions in the kit. These fun projects teach maths, science, engineering, technology and critical thinking. Awesome for Christmas or any time. For ages 8 to adult.

OTHER MODELS AVAILABLE TO ORDER. Enquiries: or 08 8271 5333

Hydraulic Robotic Arm $44.90 Lift and move real objects (not the furniture!)
Medieval Trebuchet (sling shot) $44.90 Remember these from Horrible Histories?

Automaton Pteranodon $24.90 Turn the handle to see the flying motion.
Da Vinci Ornithopter $54.90 based on the great inventor's own design.

Automaton Dragon $39.90 Paint and name your dragon, and watch the life-like action.

Friday, 6 November 2015

We've Got Robots!

The perfect desk toy, wind up toy robots became popular after World War Two. Produced by Japan, the first models were probably the "Lilliput" and "Atomic". Both are still available as reproductions and you can buy them at Maisie's, along with many other wind-up collectibles. The mechanism is usually clockwork and the body is tin, often with a lithographed (printed) design. The "Planet" robot comes in red, black and silver, and is our most popular robot. Phone 8271 5333 and ask us to put yours on hold. Note: these tin collectibles don't meet Australian safety standards and are not suitable for young children. They make excellent gifts for grown-ups, however.

Robot "Atomic"
(large) $56.00
"Planet" comes in black, red
or silver chrome $39.90
Robot "Sparking Eyes"