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Baby Goes to Market

This gorgeous picturebook follows Baby and Mama as they wander through a busy, colourful West African market. Mama is busy making sure she gets all she needs. Baby is busy charming all the stallholders and ends up with lots of tasty treats of his own! Atinuke’s strong background in oral storytelling certainly informs her written…

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy is having car trouble. Matty worries that Daddy will not be able to pick him up from nursery. He needn’t fret. Daddy can think of several zany ways he could reach him without needing the old green car. A lazy old teddy bear could carry him on his back or a neighbour could use…

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…

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond

Endeavouring to give the reader a broad overview of the history of space exploration, Jenkins begins with the pioneers of early astronomy, moves on to the history of the telescope, the development of rockets and the ensuing Space Race and takes a look at the Golden Age of Space Travel and the historic feat of…

Historopedia

After the outstanding success of their first collaboration, Irelandopedia, the talented father-and-daughter team, Fatti and John Burke are back with another gorgeous hardback. Historopedia charts 10,000 years of the story of Ireland. Beginning with the Middle Stone Age and moving right through to the Sixties, this is an impressive piece of time-travel through years of…

How Many Legs? A Counting Book

How Many Legs? is a quirky, retro-style, colourful counting book. Beautifully presented with stitch binding, thick paper and a sturdy cover, this mini-hardback is perfect for little hands! Spitzer uses a limited palette of yellow, red, turquoise, brown and green to great effect. The vivid, dream-like images of unicorns, mermaids, monsters and gnomes, to name…

How to Make a Human Out of Soup

Do you know how human beings evolved? I thought I had an adequate knowledge of where I came from until I picked up Tracey Turner’s How to Make a Human out of Soup: The Story of Evolution. Condensing four billion years of life on Earth into one slim paperback and making it accessible to young…

I am NOT a Dinosaur!

‘I may look like a dino that lives in the sea, but that wouldn’t be fair to my family tree. I swim with flippers – oh yes, I’ve got four! But – I am not a dinosaur!’ This rhyme is spoken by the prehistoric reptile, the Plesiosaur, one of eleven prehistoric creatures in this book…

It’s My Pond

It’s My Pond is the latest book from French author and illustrator Claire Garralon and has been translated into English by Sarah Ardizonne for Book Island, who specialise in translated picturebooks. In it, yellow duck stumbles upon a nice pond and claims it as her own. She is joined by white duck who also thinks…

One Thousand Things

Fancy a new book for your coffee table? Are you fan of retro-modern design? Then One Thousand Things is the book for you. Oh, and if you happen to have a pre-schooler at home, they’ll love it too! A quick glance at the colourful pages of this gorgeous work of art shows it to be…

Open up, Please!

The talented team at Minibombo have done it again! The creators of the wonderful Black Cat, White Cat, The White Book and Near, Far bring us another gorgeous interactive picturebook for very young readers. Open Up, Please! leaves the reader in charge of six coloured keys which can open the cages of six different animals…

Snow White and the Seven Robots

This short graphic novel is one of a set of eight titles in the Far Out Fairy Tales series. The series takes classic childhood tales and puts a modern twist on them. Jack deals in Nano-beans, Goldilocks is up against vampires and Cinderella becomes Ninjarella. You get the idea. In this story, Snow White is…

The Big Book of Bugs

Beetles, ladybirds, butterflies, termites, bees and dragonflies are but a few of the creepy-crawlies that spill from the pages of The Big Book of Bugs. This gorgeous non-fiction first guide to flying, stinging and wriggling things explores their natural environments and answers any bug questions young kids might have. Those range from practical interrogations like…

The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

Oh Mince My Maggots! This book is absolutely phizz-wizzing. It may not come as a surprise to his fans, but Roald Dahl invented over 500 swashboggling words and character names and now for the first time in celebration of this beloved author’s 100th birthday they’re all available in one dictionary. Compiled by lexicographer Dr Susan…

This Is Not a Book

When is a book not a book? When it’s a monster and a toolbox and a butterfly and much more besides. This board book created by the French graphic artist, Jean Jullien is a playful tribute to symmetry, to things that open and close and to the imagination. Exploring the creative possibilities of the book…


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