The Painting-In Book by Anna Rumsby (Laurence King Publishing) is a thing of beauty. Part activity book, part painting workshop, each page teaches an easy to follow painting technique and provides a picture to complete. Whether it’s mixing and blending colours, finger painting, splatter painting, or experimenting with texture and movement, each picture will inspire children to experiment and be creative.
My 4 year old Chief Book Tester had a wonderful time mixing colours, experimenting with different painting tools and techniques and creating her own masterpieces.
The book has been thoughtfully designed and produced to make it easy to use. I particularly like the oversized (A3) pages, allowing little hands lots of space to experiment. The pages are made from thick paper which is lovely to paint on and can withstand a lot of water and paintbrush action. They are easy to pull out and only printed on one side so masterpieces can be easily dried and displayed.
Stylish, fun and easy to follow, The Painting-In Book is a wonderful way to introduce children to new painting techniques and to encourage them to explore their creativity.
Ideal for 3-7 year olds, you can get your copy here.
Source – kindly sent for review by Laurence King Publishing.
‘Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go. Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late. A chilling and heartbreaking coming-of-age story of life within a cult, Seed will take readers on a journey of gripping self-discovery reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale.’
There’s been quite a buzz surrounding fellow Brightonian Lisa Heathfield’s writing on twitter- and it is all totally true. I really can’t recommend this one enough! Brilliant writing, twists and teases, and emotional punches throughout. Think HBO’s Big Love meets We Were Liars.
Told from the point of view of Pearl as she gets her first period and becomes a woman in the eyes of her community, as well as an unknown secondary narrator who suggests that things are not as they seem, Seed places the reader in a challenging position. Simultaneously one step ahead of Pearl and reading through your fingers as she steps into an abusive, adult world, and one step away from seeing the bigger picture. This is skilful writing. Painfully and beautifully so.
A word of warning… clear some space in your diary and check your coffee supplies. Once you start you won’t be able to put it down. I was up til the early hours finishing it and it was worth every second of bleary eyed no-adulting the next day.
Seed is out now and you have time to order and devour it before her next book, Paper Butterflies, is released in June.
You can get your copies from Indy-loving, tax-paying Hive.co.uk here.
Source – purchased copy.