D is for Duck by David Melling

'Duck is a magician. Abracadabra! He can conjure up a bunny, a chicken and even the King of the jungle. But can he make a dragon disappear?' David Melling is the well-loved author of the Hugless Douglas series and, our firm favourite, The Ghost Library. D is for Duck is packed with Melling's trademark humour... Continue Reading →

Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits

Rabbit & Bear by Julian Gough and Jim Field is a scrumptious book. I love the tactile hardback format and the gorgeous use of the icy turquoise colour throughout.    'Bear wakes up early from hibernation and decides if she can't sleep then at least she can make a snowman. She soon meets Rabbit, who... Continue Reading →

How to Fly with Broken Wings

This is a stunner from Jane Elson. Her debut, A Room Full of Chocolate, was well received and I think this one is even better. Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from... Continue Reading →

The New Kid

I love this book! I love the artwork and how the brush strokes make me want to touch it, to see the original paintings and run my finger over that red red curly hair. I love its vibrancy and its light. And I love the story. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick has told the story of a new... Continue Reading →

Gender non-specific characters

During discussions about the lack of female characters in children's picture books, I've noticed a few people saying that they swap the genders of characters as they read books to their children. It's easy enough to say 'she' rather than 'he' as you read along, and it can do wonders to balance out the genders.... Continue Reading →

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