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A World of Information

This is a miscellany of the very best kind. Readers will be hooked by facts as varied as differing kinds of knots, different kinds of print, the periodic table of the elements, neap and spring tides, the organs of the body and a whole host of other information. At no point does the trivia seem…

Beegu

‘Beegu was not supposed to be here. She was lost.’ The opening words of Alexis Deacon’s new picturebook are set against a flat landscape rimmed by dark mountains. In front of the mountains what we may assume is a flying saucer lies partially embedded in the ground. To the right foreground lies a yellow figure,…

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…

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…

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…

Jabari Jumps

Jabari has passed his swimming test, and says he is ready to jump off the diving board in his local pool. In this wonderful portrait of a father/son relationship, we see the gentle guidance of a loving father helping a young child to recognise and process feelings of fear and excitement. This kind of emotional…

Life Is Magic

The famous magician, Monsieur Lapin, is holding auditions for the role of a new assistant without any luck, until Houdini the rabbit comes along. He turns out to be the perfect choice; he loves magic, looks after everyone, and ensures the show runs smoothly. One night, things go wrong, however. Yet Houdini is not daunted…

LOTS

This sumptuous book is a ‘gathering of facts, thoughts and observations’ by the illustrator-author Marc Martin (A River, Templar Publishing, 2016 is a recent offering). The book is a festive blend of the best of Charley Harper’s ecological awareness and Miroslav Sasek’s penchant for mapped guidebooks. The information is divided geographically by cities and though…

Mr Moon Wakes Up

Mr Moon seems to spends most of his time snoozing, making him an excellent bedtime companion but a rather languid playmate. He can’t seem to be tempted by anything, be it games, puzzles or even adventure stories. However, one night our boy protagonist follows Mr Moon through the vines and branches of their wallpaper. As…

Pandora

A little fox named Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. She spends her time gathering and mending what she can, never seeing anyone else in this strange and ruined landscape. But one day, when a bird falls from the sky, another living thing in need of her help, her world slowly begins…

Technicolour Treasure Hunt

Learn to count from one to ten with this nature-inspired treasure hunt. Design house Hvass&Hannibal have arranged their stylish spreads according to the seven colours of the rainbow. Young readers will encounter over 70 first words, mostly based on flora and fauna. The spreads feature groupings of the associated objects for readers to find and…

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…

Wed Wabbit

Fidge, the almost-eleven-year-old heroine of Lissa Evans’ latest book, has a lot on her plate – not least the fact that her real name is Iphigenia. Two years after her father’s death, she, her mother, and her little sister Minnie are still struggling to cope, albeit in very different ways. But it’s only when a…

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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