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Balderdash!

Balderdash! tells the story of the first man to pioneer children’s literature as a category in its own right. In 18th-century London, children’s books were either morally improving fables to be read to children like sermons or codes of behaviour for parents and educators. John Newbery had the innovative idea that children would enjoy reading…

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…

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…

Loon Lake

A beautifully presented book telling the story of the loon – or is it trying to explore the relationship between a father and his daughter? – or it is an implicit, perhaps even explicit, tale of conservation? And this is my problem with this book – I am not sure what it is trying to…

Say Zoop!

A blue circle asks you if you’re really sure you want to play and then we’re off on a wild and noisy journey through sound and colour! Hervé Tullet, master of interactive picturebooks, returns with another fabulous text which claims to do for sound what Press Here did for touch. Circles, dots and bubbles of…

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

Meet Romeo from Italy, Kei from Japan, Daphine from Uganda, Ananya from India, Ribaldo from Peru, and Kian from Iran. These seven children are inviting you into their homes and their lives. They want to introduce you to their families, their teachers and their friends, and show you how they play, where they sleep and…

Wave

Award-winning artist Suzy Lee has taken the time-old theme of friendship and injected it with new life in this unique and wordless picturebook. She uses just a bold blue colour and simple charcoal lines bursting with confidence to tell the story of a young girl visiting the seaside who begins the most wonderful exchange with…

Welcome To My House, A Collection of First Words

This a delightful catalogue of the most common (and some less common) items that you find in a house. You have everything for sitting on, everything that brightens, and everything for cooling down, amongst many other such headings. But it is far more than an illustrated catalogue. It has a mysterious narrator. ‘My name is…


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