The Explorer 

Katherine Rundell has a beautiful way of making writing like new. Her phrases are bright and unexpected jewels, waking you up to the world. She gives seriously good simile! Her descriptions transport you to the amazon and throw you in to the jungle. The Explorer is an adventure in language as well as storyline. 'From his seat... Continue Reading →

If Found…

If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel (Drawn & Quarterly) is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Part sketch book, part inspiration manual, part how-to-draw book, it is like nothing I've come across before. Elise Gravel has given children an insight into her sketch book, her inspiration and her techniques. Designed in a sketch book format, complete with... Continue Reading →

Imaginative play with the owl and the pussycat

I love picture books that inspire children’s imagination. I love it when a book echoes children’s play and suggests ways for them to explore a story and create their own adventures. The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke (WackyBee Books) is a delicious re-imagining of the well-known rhyme... Continue Reading →

One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart 

  This book is stunning.  The cover is gorgeous and perfectly depicts the essence of the story- all hail Kristine Brogno. But the writing! The writing is like nothing I've ever read before. Think Sarah Crossan meets Jeanette Winterson. It is the book that I am still holding even though I've finished it. Because I can't... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Birds

Designed as part alphabet book and part introduction to the world's most beautiful birds, this book is a thing of beauty. The text is pure poetry and the artwork is delicious! My photographs can't do Emmanuelle Walker's illustrations justice. The vivid orange/pink colour from the cover (think bright pink highlighter pen) is included throughout, highlighting... Continue Reading →

The Great Big Green Book

We have a responsibility to teach our children about conservation issues and to do so in a way that inspires them to make a difference. The Big Green Book is a hugely positive book that highlights where we have been going wrong but clearly points the next generation to a brighter greener future. This book... Continue Reading →

The Trail Game by Herve Tullet

Herve Tullet is the master of interactive art books. This one is a particular favourite here. Place your finger on 'start' then follow the trail. Turn the pages to match the shapes and find your way through the split pages of this beautifully designed book.   Part maze part art book, the split pages and... Continue Reading →

Line Up, Please!

I love a picture book that beautifully and seamlessly brings together different genres. Line Up, Please! by Tomoko Ohmura (Gecko Press) is part counting book, part finding out book and part humourous story. It even includes a catchy game for families to play together. And all with fantastic design and illustration and a lovely surprise... Continue Reading →

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