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365 Penguins

Each day, a family receives a penguin by post. Funny at the beginning, it becomes soon a bit embarrassing: where to fit them? How to feed them? And what to tell the neighbours who complain about bad smells? But behind the absurdity of the situation, the author Jean-Luc Fromental playfully rationalises: characters count the penguins,…

A Bunch of Daisies

This new Daisy book has a pick-and-mix of four short stories and some puzzles which are great fun and full of sly jokes, which 3 – 6-year-olds will love. Daisy’s interactions with her somewhat frustrated Mum are humorously observed, as she attempts to liberate a much-desired cream biscuit from the bottom of the tin without…

A Day With Dogs

A Day with Dogs is a fantastic book that offers an exclusive insight into every little bit of what nine dogs (and a lot of humans) do during their day; be it visiting the doctor, playing in school, shopping at the supermarket or playing musical instruments. Part non-fiction, part fiction, A Day with Dogs is…

A House for Zebra and Other Stories

A collection of four stories for pre-school and junior infant children. There are also four pages of ‘picture stories’ where the child can make up stories based on the pictures. Ideally this book is more suited to a one-to-one situation than classroom use. One of the stories ‘A House for Zebra’ could introduce discussion about…

A Hungry Lion : or a dwindling assortment of animals

Once upon a time there was a very hungry lion and a collection of adorable little animals. The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his little animal pals, but all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or…

A leithéid!

Léirmheas le Niamh Ní Thuama  Is leabhar aoibhinn é “A leithéid”, a scríobh Gillian Lobel agus a d’aistrigh Gabriel Rosenstock.  Is scéal é faoi ‘Caoimhe Corr’, éinín a thagann ar nead lán d’uibheacha.  Is uibheacha iad seo nach bhfuil cosúil le haon cinn atá feicthe aici riamh cheana! Gan rómhoill, tuigeann sí go gcaithfear aire cheart…

A Place to Call Home

The cuddly family of hamsters smiling out at you from the cover of this book have suddenly found that they have grown too big for their safe, cosy hole. Oh, dear! This means they’ll have to go out into the big, bad world and find a new place to live! Their search for a new…

A Rainbow in My Pocket

Poetry from the perspective of a child is not easily written by adults, but in tender tones Ali Seidabadi captures the world in a way which will reflect and inspire the minds of young readers. Whether it is the culturally enriching experience of reading Persian poetry, or the accessibility lent to it by Azita Rassi’s…

A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound

Bestselling writer John Irving’s first book for children gets straight to the heart of children’s night-time fears. When Tom wakes to a sound in the middle of the night, he and his father set off to investigate. The vividly described noises ‘… like someone pulling the nails out of the floorboards under the bed ……

ABC & Do

ABC & DO is a book that follows the premise of its title – An alphabet book with things ‘to be done’. We follow a sweet little character, Mouse, through the interactive pages of a fun, colourful and very cleverly thought out ABC. ABC & DO offers a very interesting take on the alphabet book, from its…

ABZZZ…A Bedtime Alphabet

This Bedtime Alphabet was originally published by Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing house whose aim is to produce books where text and image combine to create a unique outcome. This idea of harmony and balance through interconnection resonates throughout this picturebook. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different mediation on the idea…

Adam’s Greatest Inventions

It’s nearly bedtime (once again), but Adam and his friends set off on another adventure before they go to sleep. With so many wonderful inventions surrounding us every day, they jump on board Fluff, their faithful soaring cloud, and travel across space and back in time to discover the greatest invention of all! Is it…

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Nobody likes Alexander the mouse. When people catch sight of him they shriek with disgust, chase him with brooms and try to capture him with mousetraps. All poor little Alexander wants is a few crumbs to eat. One day Alexander meets Willy, a smug little clockwork mouse who is loved and cuddled every single night…

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

Corr’s brightly coloured paintings sing from every page as we climb aboard Big Ali’s minibus and hit the Bobo road. At Lake Tengréla, we encounter dancing flamingos and hungry hippos. In the middle of the forest, the luggage is alive. Huffing and puffing, the bus people disembark carrying watermelons and enormous yams to set up…

All Around the World: Sports and Games

In Cosneau’s original All Around the World, readers were offered 8 panoramas of environments from around the globe and encouraged to complete them using stickers of accompanying animals. In this follow-up, the mega-sized scenes are focused on various sports and games settings, including the adventure playground, the water park, the circus, the sports stadium, the…

Alone in the Forest

Alone in the Forest tells the story of Musa, a young boy who ventures into the forest to fetch firewood for his sick mother. In the forest he hears strange noises and decides to hide in the hollow of a tree… Shyam’s illustrations take centre stage and the words are very much secondary to his ornate…

Als Heel de Wereld een Appeltaart was: Rijmpjes en Versjes

The title of the first of these books of Dutch nursery rhymes is the first line of a Dutch version of this familiar rhyme: If all the world were apple pie, And all the sea were ink And all the trees were bread and cheese, What should we have to drink? The Dutch version is…

Am Codlata i Lár na Codlata

Léirmheas le Shauna Brennan Tagann an scéal Am Coldlata i Lár na Coille ó pheann Carole Lexa Schaefer agus ba í Vanessa Cabban a d’aistrigh agus mhaisigh é. Is scéal é seo faoi ainmhithe beaga difriúla sa choill agus faoin méid a bhíonn idir lámha acu in ionad dul a chodladh. Bhainfeadh páistí óga ach go…

Amazing Animal Babies

This publication is born into a world full of books about animals. However, it has a huge advantage over other publications in that it is firmly aimed at very young children. It starts at their level of awareness and brings the reader on an expedition around the world to observe young animals in their habitats.…

Amy’s Three Best Things

When Amy goes to stay with her granny on her own for the first time, she packs everything she will need, including her three best things. On the first night, Amy’s little mat becomes a magic carpet on which she flies home to check on her mother, her baby brother and her dog. The second…

An Artist’s Alphabet

This lavishly illustrated book gives a creative and innovative method of applying links between the letters of the alphabet and the everyday objects that surround us. Messenger’s long history of illustration is evident in the vintage style of illustration. The pages are decorated with a washed pastel tone, in a quintessentially English style. This book…

Animal Surprise!

In his onomatopoeic tour de force Gunson invites his young audience (2–4 years) to open and unfold Animal Surprise! Each colourful double-page spread is dedicated to the activities and routines of an animal. The double-page spread is actually tripartite, with the final third hiding under a fold on the right hand page. Simplicity is the…

Animals Are Delicious

This set of three board books is sure to make a fantastic addition to any child’s library. With each one detailing the food chains of a different habitat – the sky, the forest and the ocean – Hutt provides a simple, easily comprehensible overview to how a single plant leads to the feeding of an…

Annie Rose is My Little Sister

As implied in the title, Alfie, perhaps the best-loved of all Shirley Hughes’s characters and big brother to Annie Rose, tells us all about his little sister in this book. Though it doesn’t have a plot as such – each double-page spread presents a delightful cameo of the two children, playing hide and seek, absorbed…

Anton and the Battle

With his new title featuring Anton from the award-winning Anton Can Do Magic, Ole Könnecke creates another charming and well-crafted picturebook. Anyone familiar with little boys will recognize the “one-upboyship” pattern of Anton and Luke’s behaviour as they slug it out to prove who is the bravest and best! Ole Könnecke illustrates their competitiveness in a…

Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat

A crafty cat prowls from home to home on Blossom Street, receiving plenty of care and attention from all. However, when the cheeky feline suddenly disappears, each member of the community comes out in search of their cherished companion. Together, they soon discover that one elderly neighbour is in particular need of company. Some may…

Archie’s Holiday

It is always a pleasure to come across a well-designed book such asArchie’s Holiday. The short-cut landscape format is neat and fits with the activities of Archie, a well-tailored canine (dog seems much too ordinary for Archie), as he prepared for his seaside holiday. Gordon’s lightly sketched pen and watercolour images airily disposed over the…

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?

This is  a terrific picturebook and one that will be treasured by all dinosaur lovers. I have enjoyed my fair share of dinosaur books over the years and approached this one with a mental challenge to “surprise me” but was instantly delighted with its fresh appeal and mischievous sense of fun. Dave and his dad…

Are We There Yet?

A young boy is off to Grandma’s birthday party. Soon, he asks the inevitable question, ‘Are we there, yet?’ Judging from his parents’ faces, this isn’t the first time he’s asked. Simple car journeys can take forever. Watching out the window and playing with toys can only occupy a child for so long, and the…

Arnie…the Accidental Hero

Arnie the armadillo lives on a tropical island with every kind of jungle creature imaginable. On his way across the island to meet his friends, Arnie braves everything from thunderstorms to bats. However, it is crocodiles that really make Arnie shake. While hurrying to warn his friends of a nasty crocodile lurking nearby, Arnie trips…

At the Animal Ball

At the Animal Ball is a fun-filled, beautifully illustrated split-page board book where animal characters from all around the world (such as Panda, Lemur, Koala and Chinchilla) come together to enjoy the animal ball in their own costumes and with their own dances, reflecting different world cultures in a very cute and fun way. Written…

Bad Baby, Good Baby

Presented as two stories in a ‘back to back’ book, this is a lyrical examination of what the author deems to be acceptable and unacceptable behaviour from babies. While I doubt if Newman wishes her work to replace such household names as Doctor Spock or Penelope Leach, her notions of conduct reflect a distinctly old-…

BANG

BANG by Leo Timmers won The Boekenpauw 2012 award for the best illustrated book in Flanders and no wonder. What a book!  A book with only one word! What a delight for those with reading difficulties and those who have not yet mastered reading skills. This book has so much to offer children from the cradle…

Be a Friend

An ordinary boy, Dennis expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Sometimes people call him Mime Boy. Dennis is happy being himself, but sometimes he gets lonely. Even trees get lonely sometimes. But when Dennis meets a girl named Joy, he discovers how wonderful friendship can truly be when you find the right person. Yoon’s pencil illustrations…

Bears

Twenty-seven words, including the title, create a crazy world of bears. First published in 1948, Ruth Krauss’s poem is illustrated with Maurice Sendak’s famous combination of cartoon and menace. The words and images become increasingly surreal, from bears ‘on the stairs’ to ‘collecting fares’, and include the sort of joyful, creative grammar a 3-year-old child…

Bears Wants More

A wonderful springtime book, this rhyming tale describes how a bear, on waking from hibernation, sets out to fill his empty tummy. The young reader discovers what bears eat and how berries and grass do little to satisfy his hunger. One by one his friends guide him to new sources of food. The meadow scenes…

Because of an Acorn

The cycle of nature is beautifully and imaginatively traced from an acorn to a tree, to a forest, and a lot more in between in this attractive information picturebook. The process is shown in clear images with a minimum of words, and readers will find reason to pause at each page and look closely at…

Belle and Boo and the Yummy Scrummy Day

Sometimes when a book is a spin-off from a popular brand such as Belle and Boo, the story can seem forced and contrived, leading to an unsatisfactory read. Luckily, this charming tale of Belle and her little rabbit is a delightful story in its own right, with a sweet message about how healthy food can…

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

This beautiful board book introduces toddlers to colours using 25 vibrant works of art by Henri Matisse. The bold shapes and vibrant colours in Matisse’s cutouts will appeal to young readers, and the works are brilliantly reproduced. Phaidon Press’s reputation for creating high-quality art books is justified. The use of colour in the typography is…

Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears

A prolific writer and illustrator of children’s books, Hilda Offen won the Smarties Prize in 1992 and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize in 2009. Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears is her first poetry collection. There is a comforting familiarity to Offen’s illustrations, as she has brought to life dozens of well-known…

Blue Penguin

One day in the far south, a blue penguin was born. He felt just like an ordinary penguin. The other penguins said, ‘…you’re not like us’ and they left him on his own.  Blue Penguin’s days were empty and lonely, but his nights were filled with dreams. From those dreams came a song… a song…

Bored Bill

Poor bored Bill. Nothing can capture his interest, least of all the frantic antics of his owner, Mrs Pickle. The more she encourages him to read, garden, cook and practise kung fu with her, the further he sinks into the sofa. Then one day a gust of wind whisks him into space. Meeting a bunch…

Bróga Nua

Bróga Nua is a beautiful collection of rhymes and songs aimed at young children. Published by Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta, it includes a rhyme and song to go with every aspect of life in the naíonra. This book provides ample opportunities to teach important everyday phrases though Irish in a happy and fun learning environment. Whether…

Bruno and the Titch: A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig

Bruno is a little boy who desperately wants his own guinea pig. Titch is a guinea pig who dreams of having a Big Person of his own. The story of how they find each other and the adventures they share is beautifully written and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. Dempsey renders her pictures in pastels with…

Bugs Galore

Bugs in all their many varieties are on show here. Some are mentioned in the rhyming text: spiders, buzzy bees, worms, caterpillars – the sort of bugs that often scare children, and adults too. And lots of other bugs are shown, whether all are real I can’t tell; some certainly look strange, but then, lots…

Bum Bum

There are few things that give pre-schoolers more glee than transgressions in the form of toilet-humour. They will not be disappointed here. Miura does not attempt to dress up his premise with a clever narrative or sophisticated artwork. The text is Spartan and the digital artwork is clear, bold and basic. There is no gesture…

Bumposaurus

Bumposaurus, ‘Bumpy’ for short, is a baby dinosaur with a problem – from the moment he is born he is so shortsighted that he can’t even find his way out of his own egg. So begins his habit of bumping into everything, from his siblings to tree trunks, and landing himself in dangerous places, including…

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

This delightful book is sure to please; pirates and dinosaurs? What could be better than a picturebook featuring both from this well-known duo, here working together for the first time? Giles Andreae’s adventure story is engaging, exuberant and witty, and the same goes for Russell Ayto’s illustrations. As the story unfolds his deft and expressive…

Captain Jack and the Pirates

There can be little doubt that the most widely popular contemporary poetry is children’s poetry. The most popular examples of this poetry are hidden in plain sight as poetic works; in the form of richly illustrated picturebooks . The likes of The Gruffalo and the rest of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s collaborations must be…

Chalkey and the New Sports Car

Chalky is an inquisitive and friendly white cat that lives in Granda’s garage. One bright morning he steps out to survey his garden kingdom only to hear the roar of a car engine approach. As soon as Chalky lays eyes on the new sports car it becomes clear that Chalky has a special attraction to…

Chameleon’s Crazy Colors

A chameleon is in ‘a colour muddle’. He turns red when he should turn yellow and blue with pink spots when he should turn grey, but what if Lion comes and he cannot blend in with his surroundings? His friends, Monkey and Meercat, are confident they can help him, but their well-intentioned plans are unsuccessful.…

Chicken Clicking

Andersen books always have a slight edge to them and this one is no exception. Here, Jeanne Willis introduces us to Chick, an adorable hatchling with a penchant for internet shopping and nocturnal break-ins. The narrative is rhyming and humorous, which is bound to cause a stir amongst listeners as Chick gets carried away ordering…

Chickens Can’t See in the Dark

A charming tale from Kristyna about a Chicken and friends as they try to prove, against all odds, by hook or by crook, that Chickens can see in the dark. The story concerns Pippa, a little chicken who learns in school that, unequivocally, Chickens suffer from night blindness. This comes as news to Pippa who…

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Sisters Greta and Gracie are as different as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. As the older, wiser, more worldly bunny, Greta has things all figured out and she’s not afraid to tell Gracie what’s what. But as Greta belittles Gracie’s slowness, quietness and smallness throughout, the younger bunny takes it all in her stride…

Cinderella’s Bum

A big sister is lamenting over the size of her behind, which is allegedly far too big. The little sister, who is far more pragmatic, points out the advantages, and in some cases disadvantages, of having a big or small bottom, using a whole host of familiar characters, both from fantasy and history, to illustrate…

Cinnamon

This story brings us on a journey to a land far, far away to meet Cinnamon, a beautiful, blind and isolated princess who does not speak. After a series of unsuccessful attempts by people engaged by her parents to help Cinnamon talk, a scary yet majestic tiger appears to try his hand in the matter.  This…

Claude on the Slopes

Claude on the Slopes is Alex T Smith’s sixth addition to the Claude series. In keeping with previous tales, the story follows the adventures of the two main characters – Claude the dog and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, who are here introduced to a new meteorological phenomenon – snow. Both Claude and Sir Bobblysock are dumbstruck…

Comet the Fairy Dog

‘This book is about me,’ Comet the fairy dog tells the reader/listener. It is the story of his life as a puppy and his adventures as he grows up and must leave his mother to find a home of his own in the very large garden where they both live. He tells us that he…

Cow

Cow is a hymn to the bovine life. Each page opening shows a double spread capturing a pastoral landscape inhabited by cows. Doyle’s words are concise and directly address Cow, describing her day, beginning in the fields before the first milking to the fall of night. Rinaldi’s oil on canvas hyper-realistic paintings take the viewer…

Crispin and the Best Birthday Surprise Ever

Crispin Tamworth is a pig with unimaginative parents who spoil him rotten, particularly on his birthday. There is an Orwellian quality to this book where the author uses a piggy profile to promote excess and the sloth of people who have too much money and too little sense. It seems more a picturebook for adults…

Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All!

Boastful Croc climbs faster than Mountain Goat, hops higher than Kangaroo and swings with more ease than Orang-utan. But the determined hero of this book, the gawky Donkey, eventually finds something he and his friends do better than this bragging Croc! The quirky simplicity of Sean Taylor’s language and Hannah Shaw’s illustrations make it easy…

Crogaillín

Leabhar mistéireach, samhlaíoch é Crogaillín a chothaíonn atmaisféar draíochtúil ar gach leathanach. Baineann an leabhar leis an ngaol idir Crogaillín agus a mhamaí agus osclaíonn an scéal ar nóta greannmhar le Crogaillín ag ní a chuid fiacla! Tá súil Chrogaillín ar an saol mór timpeall air agus ar na hiontais atá ann. Níl dabht ach…

Cuil Bheag Óg

Sa leabhar seo feicimid an chuil bheag óg ag eitilt thart agus é ag cur isteach ar na hainmhithe móra. Suíonn sé ar shrón na heilifinte, ar chluas an dobhareich agus ar lapa an tíogair. Cé go bhfuil sé beag bídeach níl faitíos ar bith ar an gcuil bheag óg. Tá na hainmhithe móra ag…

D is for Duck

D is for Duck is an adventurous alphabet book filled to the brim with charming magic. This is an exciting alphabet story where a clever little Duck is proud to show off his magic skills while taking us through the ABCs. However, his magic tricks don’t always go to plan, especially when Duck leaves his…

Daisy, Darling, Let’s Have Lunch!

This beautifully produced hardback is the third in the Daisy and Daddy series by successful Finnish author and illustrator Markus Majaluoma and translated by Anja Leppanen for Pikku Publishing. In Daisy Darling, Let’s Have Lunch! Daddy discovers that Daisy is not a fan of vegetables and is not shy about letting him know it. Instead…

Dave’s Cave

Dave’s Cave tells the story – in Cave man speak – of Dave and his search for the perfect home. While Dave is happy with the cave he already lives in, it has nice green grass, comfy rocks and good friends nearby, he still feels something is missing. He very sensibly puts out his campfire…

Does Anybody Love Me?

This running-away story about a little girl called Charlie will appeal to every adventurous child, and every child whose marvellous creations and imaginative games are sometimes unappreciated by adults. It is told through a series of full-colour, fullpage illustrations on the right-hand page, with text and motif illustrations on the left. Big, bold, textured brush-strokes…

Dog on Stilts

The publisher of Dog on Stilts, digitalleaf, was established in 2011 with the remit of ‘seeking to establish digital storytelling formats that contribute positively to children’s entertainment and educational needs’. But, as they admit on their website, they couldn’t resist the lure of the printed book. Dog on Stilts neatly underlines the dichotomy between digital…

Dog’s Colourful Day

This is an explicitly educational book aimed at the pre-school market. Dog, who begins the day as a white dog with a single black spot on his left ear, gets himself into such a mess that by bathtime he has ten spots of different colours. The book works well for the teaching of colours and…

Doing the Animal Bop

  ‘If you like to dance and you sometimes sing, why don’t you do the animal thing?’ This is a simple and fun rhyming book with bright-animated illustrations, which suggest a lot of movement. Each page has a clever rhyme with a cheerful-looking animal dancing. The text is short and easy to read with emphasis…

Don’t Eat the Babysitter!

This is the story of Sammy and Sophie Shark and their long-suffering babysitter, Anna. Sammy, an excitable young shark, has the unfortunate, if not altogether surprising, habit of biting things. Sammy Shark crunches his way through everything from the supper tray to the bedroom and maybe even the babysitter. —The illustrations are drawn with a…

Don’t Spill the Milk!

It is rainy season in the tiny village in Africa where Penda lives with her family, and therefore her father is spending time in the grasslands looking after their sheep. When Penda manages to convince her mother that she is old enough to take him some milk, she takes readers on a journey across the…

Don’t Worry Douglas

Poor little Douglas, the cute brown bear, is in trouble. His new present is in tatters and he does not know what to do. Can his friends help or will he have to go home and face the music? In this charming, heart warming book, filled with loveable characters; Melling approaches children’s worries with wit…

Down the Back of the Chair

When Mary’s dad loses his keys the family watch in wonder as his frantic search becomes a surprising and fantastic discovery of forgotten treasures including one of the twins and a long lost will. (I must remember to check down the back of my sofa!) ‘A crumb, a comb, a clown, a cap, a pirate…

Dragon Loves Penguin

Gliori's new book is a celebration of difference and a heart-warming story about adoption. Much of the visual narrative is played out on a white background – a personal favourite as it allows the reader space to project their own thoughts but also focuses the eye on the characters. The illustrations are hand executed in what looks to be charcoal…

Drat that Cat!

Suzy Cat tests her family’s patience. She’s not cuddly like her close relative, Judith Kerr’s Mog: she’s scrawny, untidy and annoying, she piddles in Dad’s golf bag and she bites Granddad on the ankle. But when she stops eating, the family are distraught. She might even die! I am reminded here of Tony Ross’ earlier…

Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World

Edwardo really does look like a bit of a nightmare on the front cover. In the endpapers we can read the title repeated in fifteen different languages (Edwardo, El Peon Niño de Mundo) which are actually fun to read (Edwardo, der Schrechlichste Junge auf der Ganzen Weiten Welt) and a great introduction to how languages…

Extra Yarn

In this oddly old-fashioned yet modern folk-tale, Klassen’s spare and subtle style of illustration combines with Barnett’s quirky prose to present us with a story that could have been written long, long ago and far, far away. And it is quite a ‘yarn’. Annabelle finds a magic box of yarn. We know it is magic…

Fancy That!

Fancy That! by Gilliab Lobel has all the ingredients of a good book for toddlers and pre-schoolers – animal characters, a dilemma about babies, a missing mother figure, repetition, bright primary colours, a tiny element of danger and a resolution that’s both unpredictable, humorous and ultimately satisfying! A perfect story to read aloud, there are…

Farewell Floppy

The child protagonist in this sophisticated picturebook from French author-illustrator Benjamin Chaud decides he is too old for his rabbit and in a narrative that echoes Hansel and Gretel he takes it into the woods, attempts lose it, and eventually leaves it tied to a tree. The atmosphere, admirably reflected in the stylish illustrations is dark…

Fergus’s Secret

Fergus’s Secret is a gentle action-packed tale of co-operation between Fergus the lovable patch-eyed pup and the farm animals. Despite their best efforts to help when Farmer Bob’s tractor breaks down, the animals know this is a short-term solution and the tractor must be repaired. Together they decide on some enterprising plans to remedy the…

Fish Food

Mansfield’s picturebook is a hilarious and beautifully created book full of surprises. The paper engineer has produced a pop-up book that surprises and intrigues. The story is of the food chain under the sea, starting with a wee little worm, smiling and squiggling about, until he is snapped up by larger fish; but in a…

Friends Together

Rob Lewis uses a common theme as the backdrop to Friends Together – that of independence. Seven rabbits without their parents find themselves marooned and in chaos on a desert island. With vague echoes of Lord of the Flies, the seven struggle for leadership but in their efforts disagree and get nowhere. It is only…

Frog and Toad Together

The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a…

Frog and Toad Together

The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a…

Ghost in the House

Don’t be put off by the somewhat gormless, almost half-finished ghost on the cover of this picturebook. After plain pumpkin-orange endpapers and a smudgy grey spread with a cheeky little bug, the title page shows the night-time silhouette of a house reminiscent ofPsycho. Then comes a black page, whose smudges are even more threatening and…

Giddy-Up! Let’s Ride!

Based on the nursery rhyme, ‘This is the way the ladies ride,’ this attractive book for sharing with the youngest child is a bright, colourful exploration of ways of riding, not just horses but other animals too. In most cases an exaggeratedly small rider is perched atop a huge animal, and we are invited to…

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Three dinosaurs prepare three bowls of pudding at varying temperatures and then lie in wait for a ‘succulent, poorly supervised little girl’ named Goldilocks to come along in this sophisticated adaptation of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". This is one of those remarkable picturebooks in which the words and pictures come together perfectly to produce…

Good Dog, Paw

A philosophy of life is incorporated in this engaging picturebook for very young readers. Paw, the teller of the story, takes us through his day and represents it as a programme of important ritualistic activities. He gives the reader his nose-print, and then describes how he wakes up his owner. She is April, a vet,…

Goodnight Everyone

From the multi-award winning creator of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George! and Shh! We Have a Plan comes a stunningly illustrated new bedtime book. With clever repetitive yawning refrain, we join (wide awake) Little Bear as he meets the inhabitants of the forest one by one on his self-appointed mission to evade bedtime. Many…

Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head

Miss Jolly is a happy soul. She lives at the end of the village, behind a green door, and she loves to play her cello while with her pet boar, Melvin, sings sweetly along. Her miserable neighbours, Miss Whimper, Miss Grouch and Miss Stern are desperate to know what makes her so irritatingly cheerful. They…

Harrison Loved His Umbrella

It’s not often I begin a review with a description of the physical attributes of a book, but Harrison Loved His Umbrella is such a tactile and satisfying volume it is impossible not to comment on this at the outset. Its square shape (17.5 cm.x17.5cm.) is just perfect for small hands to hold and 56…

Help! We Need a Title!

This is a fun, postmodern picturebook. A group of characters realise that a reader has arrived early – the story isn’t finished yet and the author is too busy with other things to help them out much. After a lot of badgering, he gives them a short, cursory story; they find the pictures look good,…

Help! We Need a Title!

This is a fun, postmodern picturebook. A group of characters realise that a reader has arrived early – the story isn’t finished yet and the author is too busy with other things to help them out much. After a lot of badgering, he gives them a short, cursory story; they find the pictures look good,…

Hermelin the Detective Mouse

There is no mystery too great or small for Hermelin the detective mouse and to his delight there are plenty of mysteries that need to be solved on Offley Street. The Streets notice board is covered in posters, pictures and messages from the residents seeking someone, anyone to help them find their missing belonging’s, priceless…

Hi, Harry

Harry the tortoise wants to play but everyone seems to be in a hurry. No one even has time to stop and talk. He sets off ever so slowly to find a pal who has time to play with a tortoise. Eventually the perfect friend finds him. The two have lots in common and they…

Hippospotamus

The author / illustrator pairing of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross are responsible for dozens of great books for young children, including the hilarious 'Dr. Xargle's' series – and Hippospotamus continues the winning combination. It begins… 'Hippopotamus had a spotamus…on her bottomus' and continues with poor Potamus seeking advice from all her animal friends as to how…

Home and Dry

The Paddling family live on a tiny island, surrounded by a lake. Mrs Sally Paddling catches fish, Mr Albert Paddling teaches swimming, and they travel everywhere by row boat. This is how they live all year round, with their son and new baby. Well, except in summer, when the lake dries. Then, unfortunately, they have…

How Many Sharks in the bath

This is a ‘laugh and learn’ counting book essentially for use, one to one, with a toddler. The child characters invite the reader to ‘Count the animals and put your finger on the number’. The illustrations are ‘banded’ on the left-hand side with questions such as ‘How many octopuses juggling oranges?’ and on the righthand…

How the Sun Got to Coco’s House

As it follows the path of an early morning sunrise, Bob Graham’s picturebook leads the reader on a gentle journey around the world. A story unfolds easily as the sun pays a visit to everything from great blue whales to soaring eagles, snuffling panda bears to hungry puppy dogs.   Illustrated by the author, the…
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