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Nibbles: The Dinosaur Guide

Nibbles is a little yellow monster, whose huge appetite results in him nibbling through books. Children may be familiar with our eponymous hero from his first book, Nibbles: The Book Monster which saw him chewing through a book of fairy tales and disrupting the stories within. This time Nibbles is back and chomping through a…

No Longer Alone

This sensitive picturebook by poet Joseph Coelho and illustrator Robyn Wilson-Owen will be helpful for anyone supporting a child through loss of a parent through separation or bereavement. Using the voice of the child at the centre of the narrative, the text is elliptical and imaginative, and leaves enough ‘space’ for the listening or reading…

Not Just a Book…

We all know that books are more than words and ink. They have the power to transport young minds to faraway places and help those dealing with stress find a safe place away from it all. But on a more practical level, the talented pairing of Willis and Ross show us in their latest offering…

Odd Dog Out

Beginning with the bright, colourful cover, children will be drawn to Rob Biddulph’s latest book, Odd Dog Out. This is the story of Odd Dog who, although she is happy with her own colourful attire, feels she doesn’t fit in the busy city where all other dogs blend in. Told in a clever rhyming pattern,…

Old Hat

Emily Gravett is an old hat at the picturebook game except that, unlike the stylish characters in this book strive to be, she really is always fresh and fun. She’s above fashion, too, because her books bear her trademark sense of individuality, playfulness, and that quintessential twist. Harbet has a hat, an old but comfy…

Once Upon a Rhythm: The Story of Music

From the hums and stomps of African music to the strings of the classical orchestra and booms of speakers at rock and roll gigs, Once Upon a Rhythm traces the history of music through time and across nations. Most fittingly, James Cartee chooses rhyme to tell this musical tale, and makes of this picturebook a…

One Day, So Many Ways

Discover what life is like for children from around the world every day. Meet children from over 40 countries, exploring the differences and similarities between their daily lives. Over 24 hours, readers will follow a variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, learn and go about their everyday routine. One…

One Fox

An early lesson in the exponential, the power of community and how vulnerable the hunter can be, One Fox is a visual epic, a clarion call to count and be counted. Readers encounter a fox and some chickens in this beautifully illustrated counting book. Our Fox learns that thorough research is important if you are…

Only One of Me: A Love Letter from Dad

As a parent, talking to your children about your terminal cancer diagnosis must be the hardest thing in the world. Faced with this awful situation, mum of two young children, Lisa Wells set out to write a love letter to her daughters. Joining forces with acclaimed children’s author Michelle Robinson and illustrator Tim Budget, what…

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

This is a charming and fun tale about a young traveller girl named Ossiri whose family are ‘Tattini Folki’ or rag-and-bone people. Ossiri’s family recycle unwanted old goods, mending old clothes, fixing broken furniture, selling scrap iron. They live in caravans and are happy. Ossiri loves music, but the family can neither afford to buy…

Outfoxed

Harold is unlike other foxes. He prefers cheese to chicken and loves reading detective novels. But his father insists it’s time for Harold to catch his first hen. To please his father and prove he is a real fox, Harold sets off and grabs a chicken with no problem. But things take an unexpected turn…

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…

Petunia Paris’s Parrot

Petunia Paris is a very lucky and very wealthy little girl. Each birthday, her parties are splendid, lavish affairs where she can ask for whatever she wants in the whole world, and it arrives! But on her sixth birthday, it seems she already has everything; a swimming pool, a bicycle with a chauffeur, her own…

Pigín of Howth

A recent winner in the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Pigín of Howth is a charming picturebook containing three stand-alone stories about a delightful, fun-loving pig, and his adventures around Howth, a busy fishing village in North Dublin. The character of Pigín was created by 82-year-old Kathleen Watkins after she realised how popular…

Polly and the Puffin: The Stormy Day

This attractive and engaging story book is the second in Jenny Colgan’s Polly and the Puffin series. The puffin, Neil, who was rescued after a storm with a broken wing in the first book, first appeared in Colgan’s adult fiction in the very successful Little Beach Street Bakery. He apparently proved so popular, generating his…

Queen of Seagulls

Renata isn’t exactly the neighbour of your dreams. She complains about everyone in the neighbourhood, she hates music – and she steals food that’s been left out for the birds! But there’s more to Renata than her strange behaviour. What are the seagulls trying to tell her? And what does the accordionist’s mysterious song really…

Quill Soup

Collected and retold by Alan Durant, Quill Soup is a South African variant of the folk tale known in Europe as ‘Stone Soup’. Noko the porcupine arrives to a new village with an empty stomach looking for food. The villagers pretend they have none so as not to have to share with this stranger. Noko…

Rabbit and Bear: A Bite In The Night

Rabbit thinks the trees in the valley are flying south for winter, but Bear is sure that trees can’t fly. So where are the trees going? Something mysterious is going on! Meanwhile, a new animal is making his presence known and he has very different ideas on what is best for the valley from everyone…

Raymond

Raymond is a small dog with a big idea. His family treat him like a human – they bring him to the hairdresser, they throw him surprise birthday parties – but he’s still very much their beloved doggo until, one day, Raymond decides to become a full part of the family and join them sitting…

Read the Book, Lemmings!

It’s a popular misconception that lemmings, while migrating, are prone to throwing themselves en masse off cliffs. Even lemmings believe this themselves, but, as this book shows, they can be quite a suggestible bunch of furry, cuddly creatures. Aboard the good ship S.S. Cliff, a cargo ship in the shape of a whale, First Mate…

Rock ‘N’ Roll Soul

A love of music and the utter joy of life join together in a bounce of a book. It is filled with enthusiasm and energy, taking us on a raucous jaunt through the school yard, home life and the city streets. This young music lover spends most of her time daydreaming about the perfect act…

Sam and Jump

Sam and his stuffed bunny, Jump, are best friends and they do everything together. After a trip to the beach they make a new friend, but Jump is accidentally left behind. Will Sam ever see Jump again? What could have happened to him? Author-illustrator Jennifer K. Mann takes a heart-warming approach to friendship in Sam…

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…

School for Dads

Is your dad not performing his daddy duties as well as he should? Is he always late or forgetting things? Then you are not alone. Anna and her friends are having exactly the same problem and they have a plan. Filled with life, movement and colour by Ana Grey’s illustrations, School for Dads tells the…

Secret Agent Elephant

Secret Agent Elephant is a fun, silly and lively picturebook about… well the title says it all really. Elephant wants to be a secret agent, but first of all, some training must be completed. After some questionable test results, Elephant is sent on a top-secret mission, with hilarious consequences. There are jokes a-plenty in this…

Secret World of Butterflies

This is a colourful and informative book on the world of butterflies, and snippets of information such as ‘The first poo a butterfly ever does is red and sloppy’ is sure to catch young readers’ attention. It is nicely illustrated with some striking images showing the wide variety of shapes and colours that butterflies have.…

Shake the Tree!

A hungry little mouse spies a tasty-looking nut hanging from the top of a too-tall tree. How will he reach it? A thought suddenly strikes – why not shake, shake, shake the tree until it falls into his waiting hands? But unfortunately all that shaking loosens something (or is it someone?) else from the tree,…

Six Little Birds

‘Six young nuthatchers fly the nest’ and venture into the big wild world. They each set off on their own and experience the various aspects of a day in the life of a bird! With Six Little Birds, we get transported through the seasons in style. This rhyming pop-up book sings to the reader like a…

Some Birds

This book is a wonderful celebration of difference. Played out on a stone coloured background, striking, patterned images of birds leap off the pages at every turn. Heavy, inky black outlines, filled with vibrant colour, create a mosaic-like quality reminiscent of African textiles which in turn, gives all the characters an exotic touch. Perfectly rhyming…

Sports Are Fantastic Fun

Sports Are Fantastic Fun is an action-packed book inviting readers to be informed about, and to celebrate physical activity. The book begins right on the cover where a boisterous Rhinoceros is pole-vaulting in front of a bright red backdrop. It’s lovely to see these beautiful creatures (that are endangered) taking centre-stage. In real life, they…

Stack the Cats

Author and illustrator Susie Ghahremani’s first solo picturebook Stack the Cats is a delight for both adults and young readers alike. Even before opening the book, the cover’s bright and exciting colours will induce young and old to read onward. Susie Ghahremani’s unique illustrations are also easily recognisable from her previous collaborations with Jennifer Ward…

Steve, Terror of the Seas

The cover illustrations and title of this attractive book will amuse children straight away. Steve, Terror of the Seas is obviously nothing of the sort, he is a cute, smiling fish, smaller than most of the creatures that swim around him. Steve, who is in fact a pilot fish, swims around the ocean encountering many…

Stories of the Night

Not quite ready to go to sleep, Little Bear asks Mother Bear for three bedtime stories, and because Little Bear says ‘please’ three times, Mother Bear agrees. She gets out her favourite story book and shares the tale of the Night Guardian, the adventure of the little girl with the sword who gets lost, and…

Super Stan

Everyone agrees; Stan is a real superhero. His feats of daring and strength entertain and astound everyone… everyone except his big brother Jack, that is. Whenever Jack does something good, Stan does something amazing. It can be discouraging. Stan even manages to ruin Jack’s birthday treat with his superhero tricks and grabs all the attention…

That’s Not A Hippopotamous

From New Zealand, Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis are at the top of their game with a new offering from Gecko Press. That’s NOT a HIPPOPOTAMUS tells the story of a class of children and their teacher on a visit to Don’s Safari. The hippopotamus has gone missing and the children notice. A hunt ensues…

The Bad Mood and the Stick

Curley is a little girl who has been dogged by a bad mood for hours, since her mother passed an ice cream shop without buying her a cone. When Curley finds a stick, she pokes her brother with it, cheers up, and the bad mood transfers to her mum. Thus the bad mood, in the…

The Barber’s Dilemma And Other Stories From Manmaru Street

Sometimes it takes a foreign-language author or illustrator to redefine what a children’s book can be. The Barber’s Dilemma And Other Stories From Manmaru Street, written and illustrated by Japanese artist Koki Oguma, and here translated by Gita Wolf, is one of the strangest, funniest and most beautiful picturebooks I’ve come across. It comprises a…

The Child of Dreams

This beautifully produced picturebook is instantly attractive thanks to the high production values, design, and particularly the illustrations by Richard Jones. These are both painterly and graphic, with patches of colour layered one on another. To me, both images and use of colour are reminiscent of Brian Wildsmith’s wonderful picturebooks of the1960’s, yet remain bold…

The Crayons’ Christmas

Duncan and his Crayons are preparing for the festive season, writing cards, decorating the house and receiving gifts and messages from distant Crayon relatives. This is a unique book, filled with folded letters, postcards, games, press-out ornaments and even a pop-up. There is a lot here that will delight children (and adults), using Oliver Jeffers…

The Crocodile and the Dentist

When Crocodile has a toothache, he becomes very apprehensive (like a lot of people) about visiting the dentist; but what Crocodile doesn’t know is that the dentist wants to help, but is afraid of the crocodile! ‘I really don’t want to… but I have to,’ says Crocodile walking to the dentist. ‘I really don’t want…

The Curious Fox

Children who love nature stories will enjoy this book. The story is a nice rambling narrative about a journey undertaken by a little fox cub who wants to discover what is his own ‘gift’ or unique characteristic. Leaving his Mammy asleep in their den, he sets out early one morning and his quest leads him…

The Dog Who Found Sorrow

The Emma Press presents this touching story of a brave dog who suddenly finds his town thrown into sooty darkness when the sorrows come and spread their smoke of sadness, permeating the air and suffocating all happiness. Puffs of black smoke create a thick blanket of impenetrable cloud that settles on this once cheerful town,…

The Fox and the Wild

Meet Fred, a city fox born and reared, and used to spending his nights rummaging in bins with his cousins. Fred is sure there is more to the world than the noisy, smelly, traffic-filled streets of the city. When a passing pigeon tells him about The Wild, ‘where trees spread their branches and the wind…

The Gobbledegook Book

This is a treasury of favourite poems and stories from the much-loved New Zealand author Joy Cowley. It’s a lovely book to dip in and out of, and is ideal for a bedtime story. The rhymes and stories have something for every reader, from little red tractors to exploding pumpkins to waddling ducks. As you…

The Holidays

Rich in visual symbolism and told without words, The Holidays is a shifting fever-dream of a book. An independent young girl is spending the summer with her grandfather, happily exploring meadows and forests alone in a nostalgic rural idyll. One day, her grandfather introduces an unexpected and very different guest, in the shape of a…

The Hungry Goat

This classic cautionary tale was first published in 1964. Alan Mills was a Canadian writer, folksinger and actor, and Abner was a prolific graphic designer and children’s book illustrator from the 1950s to the 1970s. They cooperated on I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly. We can hear Mills’ folk music background resonate…

The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock

Based on a fable by Rumi and retold by Fereshteh Sarlak, star billing for this picturebook goes to the illustrator, internationally renowned Iranian artist Firoozeh Golmohammadi. Her luminous images lifted Jane Goodall’s book, Prayer for World Peace, out of the ordinary, and here we have another beautiful object in this picturebook. In tone Rumi’s fable…

The Lost Property Office

A little girl and her mummy are on the way to visit Grandpa. They make their way through the busy train station, Mummy holding on to the little girl and the little girl holding onto her Teddy, but when they arrive at their destination, calamity strikes – Teddy is missing! Grandpa tries to help, but…

The Lumberjack’s Beard

I know we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to The Lumberjack’s Beard this rule flies out the window. With a cover like this, the reader knows instantly that this is going to an amazing picturebook! And they’d be right: it is an amazing picturebook. The story…

The Magic Hour

Ian Beck’s latest picturebook is the first in a new series of titles from Tate Publishing inspired by classic paintings. Based on the John Singer Sargent painting Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose, Beck’s book takes the reader on a journey into a Victorian summer’s evening. Lily and Rose are playing in the garden of a country…

The New Neighbours

A gloriously on-point book about judging people for imagined differences before you even meet them. New neighbours have moved into the tower block. The bunnies are super excited, but what will the other residents think? As the residents descend the stairs, gathering old neighbours with them, they also descend into imagined horrors, fears, rumours, Chinese…

The Night Box

Imagine a magical key that opens the Night Box and stores day away while night sweeps out and unfurls itself to blanket the world. In this wonderful first picturebook by Greig and Lindsay, Max is the holder of the key to the Night Box and the reader is drawn in to share his anticipation of…

The Night Dragon

The Night Dragon is a tale about finding the courage to be who you are and do things your way. Maud is not like the other dragons so she gets picked on and hides out in her cave with her friend Mouse. But when the dragons oversleep, it is up to Maud, with some encouragement…

The Night Gardener

Grimloch Lane is dull and drab, its inhabitants completely occupied by their daily routine. That is, until one day, when a local tree is transformed into the shape of a marvellous owl, as if by magic… William, a young orphan, cannot help but spend the whole day staring at the leafy sculpture in wonder. In…

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

Mo Willems’s famous Pigeon is back and this time he absolutely HAS to go to school. However, he is convinced that school is not for him. After all, doesn’t he already know everything? And school starts in the morning and you know what he’s like in the mornings (not pretty!). Pigeon has so many reasons…

The Rabbit Listened

Taylor has worked hard on building something special, an amazing structure built out of blocks. He stands back and admires it proudly when, out of nowhere, a flock of crows fly by and cause it to crash to the ground. One by one the animal friends come by offering solutions, let’s talk about it, laugh…

The Salmon of Knowledge

This retelling captures the essence of the Irish myth of Fionn MacCumhaill in a gorgeous modern edition by Irish writer and illustrator, Celina Buckley. A primary teacher, Buckley graduated from Cambridge School of Art with a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration, joining such graduates as Jenni Desmond and Steve Antony. This is her first picturebook,…

The Snowbear

The most magical events take place at night and this is certainly true in Sean Taylor’s enchanting new story, The Snowbear. When Iggy and Martina go to bed in their cosy hilltop chalet, everything is ‘the same as usual’. As sleep takes hold, however, the world outside their bedroom is transformed into an unspoilt winter…

The Station Mouse

Maurice the mouse is the latest recruit to the station house team. He is an enthusiastic, diligent little worker, and happy to follow all the strict rules of the station until the day he sees a little passenger in need of his services. He breaks the strict rules but there are consequences to his actions……

The Steves

Steve meets Steve, but who was there first? Who was the original Steve? Neither can believe it! Surely, there can only be one Steve… Anything else would be nonsense! Or maybe two, but one has to be the second Steve. These two puffins are outraged. Their argument descends into sillier and sillier claims and hurtful…

The Story of Ferdinand

Ferdinand is 81 years old this year, quite an age for a bull destined for a Madrid bullring. His story has remained in print and this year a special heritage edition has been published in the UK. Readers first meet Ferdinand as a little bull sitting under a shady cork tree, smelling the flowers. Ferdinand…

The Tiptoeing Tiger

It is hard to be small and cute when you desperately want to be the sleek, silent and totally terrifying tiger you think you should be. Determined to find someone to frighten and to prove his big brother wrong, Little Tiger sets out through the forest. Yawned at and laughed at, he refuses to give…

The Truth About Dinosaurs

How do you pitch yet another dinosaur fact book? How about with a cheeky chicken trying to convince you it is a dinosaur, complete with documentary evidence of family albums dating back a few million years? Or the discovery that the dinosaur Gallus Gallus Domesticus is still alive and walking among us? The illustration is…

The Truth According to Arthur

An established author and illustrator come together for the first time, and the result works like a charm. Step forward Booktrust award-winner Tim Hopgood, who won Best Emerging Illustrator for his book, Here Comes Frankie! and wrote and illustrated Wow! said the Owl and The Big Blue Sofa (all Macmillan), and David Tazzyman, illustrator of…

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

In this engaging picturebook we are straight into the action on the opening page as Captain Alfred is sailing home to his wife with new animals for his farm including an unhatched duck egg. A storm brews up, they are shipwrecked, everyone is dispersed and in the ensuing fog the duckling (the eponymous Alfred Fiddleduckling)…

The Way To Treasure Island

Lizzy Stewart, the author of the award-winning There’s a Tiger in the Garden and Juniper Jupiter brings us another heartwarming and beautifully illustrated book. This time it’s focused on the friendship between a little girl called Matilda and her Dad, who love being together but who are also VERY different. Matilda is fast, tidy and…

There’s a Tiger in the Garden

Nora is bored. Her grandma encourages her to play in the garden ‘with the tiger and dragonflies as big as birds and plants that can gobble you up’. Nora is not convinced or even interested. Suddenly a dragonfly whizzes across the garden and captures Nora’s imagination. She delves deeper and deeper into Grandma’s wild and…

There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor

A sleepy musician arrives in Hotel Sharemore in search of a bed for the night and gets more than he bargained for. This delightfully old-timey story centres on the absurdist joy of watching our dickie-bowed, pyjamaed hero continually frustrated on his quest for a good night’s sleep. Language is simple and direct, with a good…

They Came From Planet Zabalooloo!

Clever Zoron, super strong Bazoo and wiggle-woggle dancing Zob travel to Earth from the Planet Zabalooloo in their mega-cool, party-area equipped spaceship (‘Yeahhh!’) on a mission to find a BIG-SIZE thing and bring it home. Thanks to Bazoo being a COMPLETE NINCOMPOOP, the capture of the BIG-SIZED thing, an elephant, doesn’t quite work out. And…

Think Big!

Humpty Dumpty has a bit of a dilemma: he wants to be a boiled egg when he grows up, but his friends think this is an utterly ridiculous idea. Jack Be Nimble and Little Miss Muffet and even the Incey Wincey Spider offer alternative, more sensible career options. Why not an artist? A detective? A…

This is a Dog

This is a Dog is yet another very funny picturebook by the creator of There’s a Bear on my Chair and This Zoo is Not for You, Ross Collins. Its main character is inspired by Collins’s own pooch, Hugo, and just like him, Dog wants to be the centre of attention. He’s so intent in doing so that he cleverly…

This Love

This book is a glorious riot of colour and energy. Told in verse, it features children of all colours and cultures united by their universal need for love. The rainbow on the front cover is a great metaphor for the inclusion shown inside. We see children being raised successfully in a huge variety of settings…

This or That?

There is a refrain that repeats throughout the book – ‘All around the world and through, people have…’ – and so begins a history of people, a veritable museum of items from across time.  Each spread is full of over thirty images – all items that can be found in the British Museum. There is a broad…

This Zoo is Not for You

Platypus comes into the zoo just when the animals are running interviews. Will he be accepted in? Panda is not impressed by the platypus’s lack of popularity, the flamingos claim he is not graceful; the monkeys believe he cannot do any tricks; the chameleons find him hitting only a one-colour note, and elephant finally declares…

Tiny Dinosaurs

If you have a child, or are a child, that loves dinosaurs, this is the book for you. It’s narrated by a charming sausage dog called Rex and features his closest friend, dinosaur-obsessed Daisy. Joel Stewart, author and illustrator, does not imagine that only boys like dinosaurs and it is refreshing to see that Daisy…

Treasure Hunt: A Keepsake Activity Book

Treasure Hunt by Alice Melvin is a unique idea for those who enjoy collecting the odd and wonderful objects that can be found in the world around us. It is an activity book that provides a place or ideas for things to make with the tiny treasures that we find on our everyday travels. For…

Triangle

This book takes a simple pair of journeys by two naughty characters and makes a charming narrative of it. A sort of Zen Tom and Jerry, perhaps! The basic narrative is that titular character Triangle, who lives in a triangular house in a triangular terrain, decides to play a trick on their friend Square. This…

TWINS

What happens when monkey twins meet? What about this couple of birds? And that pair of whales? Well, that’s for the reader to decide! Part storytelling, part activity book, Dhawni Shah and Bhaddu Hamir’s TWINS gives free rein to its readers’ imagination and provides a beautiful and smart template for their stories to take shape.…

Two Can

Two Can tells a tale of a sister and her ‘pestering’ little brother as he tries to join in her fun. She feels proud that she can swing high on the swing set even though her brother can’t, and she does not want him interfering with the amazing sandcastle she has perfected. However, she realises…

Two For Me, One For You

This is a delightful read about the challenges of sharing. Bear finds three mushrooms in the forest and brings them home. Weasel cooks them and Bear puts one mushroom on each plate before giving herself the third one. Weasel is not happy and the pair squabble about the third mushroom. Both have convincing arguments for…

Uncle Holland

Palmer and Ella had three sons, good boys, apart from Holland who had a weakness for stealing beautiful things. After he was caught for the thirty-seventh time the police gave him an ultimatum: go to jail or join the army. Holland chose the army and was posted to a very pretty place, far away in…

Valdemar’s Peas

It’s dinnertime in Valdemar’s house and his father is serving peas. Valdemar may not be a very big wolf, but he knows exactly what he wants. Or rather, what he doesn’t want – and Valdemar does not want peas. But his father is adamant; Valdemar must eat his peas, just like his little sister, or…

Waiting for Goliath

This gorgeous picturebook has everything – a great plot, a surprising twist, deceptively simple text and beautiful artwork. Bear is at the bus stop, waiting patiently. He tells everyone that he is waiting for his best friend Goliath. We may be tempted to think of a fearsome giant and wonder what Bear and such a…

What Can a Citizen Do?

Probably better known for his books for adults, Dave Eggers’ new book for children is an answer to the book’s title. Taking what can be a difficult concept for children to understand, Eggers uses verse and simple ideas to help children understand what it means to be a citizen. More importantly, it gives examples of…

What’s That Noise? (This book is calling you…)

Translated from the Portuguese, this is in every way an artist’s book as well as a picturebook. The images incorporate dots and symbolic forms that are simplified and diagrammatic versions of glasses, traffic cones, fruit and landscape. The reader is taken on a journey from an urban environment through forests, across rivers and towards a…

When I Was a Child

Something of a departure from the hilarious style of Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum books, this is instead a heartfelt story of a grandparent and grandchild learning from one another. When the grandmother tells stories of the magical way the world used to be when she was a child, she laments that it has now become…

Whose Eyes Are These?

Whose Eyes Are These? asks that very question on a big white page, across from which looms a striking pair of abstract eyes. Turning the page reveals a short, off-beat description of the animal behind the eyes, as well as a wonderfully rendered illustration of the animal itself, the pictures as quirky as the preceding…

Wiggles (TouchThinkLearn)

‘Your little fingers wriggle, your little fingers wiggle. Your little fingers just want to dance!’ – what a perfect opening for this hands-on, multi-sensory book for little ones. Wiggles invites children and their grown-ups on a journey of exploration through the sense of touch, using their fingers to follow a series of die-cut dots, lines,…

Will You Help Doug Find His Dog?

Will You Help Doug Find His Dog? is a funny and interactive book that asks readers to join in Doug’s quest to find his missing dog. Doug, whose name of course sounds a lot like ‘dog’ (some sentences become quite funny to say!), gives us clues to what his own dog looks like and the…

Wolfie the Bunny

The Bunny family have decided it’s time to expand their brood and to do so have adopted a son, a son who turns out to be a wolf! Their eldest daughter, Dot, remains steadfastly unconvinced by her new sibling, as she becomes increasingly concerned that her darling brother is almost certainly set on eating her…

Wolfy

Wolves have featured as story-characters since Antiquity. They have been cast as violent and savage, or sometimes as devious or predatory, but almost always as synonymous with danger, or perhaps evil. Some cultures equated wolves with the devil, others drew parallels with man’s–and especially men’s–animalistic nature. More recently in Anglophone children’s books the wolf appears…

You Are New

‘Hello, You! You are new.’ A warm welcome awaits all babies in cartoonist Lucy Knisley’s sweet celebration of new life and new beginnings. From the cherub-faced babies who adorn the endpapers to the toothy toddler enjoying a game of peekaboo, Knisley brings them all to life with her unique – and universal – illustrative style.…

You Can Never Run Out Of Love

This is a simply beautiful book that starts slowly but delivers a bright burner of a message. The gently rhyming text and zesty illustrations tell all about the things that can be used up, like soap, glue, milk, or good ideas, often due to sharing with friends, pets or parents. Yet in the refrain as…

You Must Bring a Hat

It all starts with an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation bills it as the biggest, bestest, hattiest party of all time. Unworried by his hatless state at first, our young protagonist sets off but without success. He cannot find a hat anywhere. Undeterred, he cleverly finds a monkey with a hat to accompany…

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