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101 Games to Play Before You Grow Up

This is a resource which parents and children will want to keep ready to hand in the battle against boredom. Comprising 101 brightly illustrated activities, it introduces a wide range of activities, some of which may be undertaken individually, and others which could involve over 20 people. The games range from the ubiquitous (Kick-the-Can, I-Spy,…

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…

Anywhere Farm

‘Where does it all start? What do you need?/ Just one farmer – you – and one little seed.’ Growing vegetables can take place anywhere and at any time. An old shoe, an empty tin or anything that offers a small bit of space can be a good container for a seed to grow. Root…

Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems

Don’t miss this book of shape or ‘concrete’ animal poems by this accomplished triumvirate of children’s poets. It is a wonderfully inventive A-Z, both restrained and lively, where every letter has at least one animal ‘shape’ poem. Some make exuberant use of type to draw the animal using the words of the poem, either following…

Atlas of Oddities

The Atlas of Oddities is a unique compendium of some of the most unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. From the prolific pen of Clive Gifford, author of over 150 books, and inspired by both his own travels and those of his parents who worked for an airline,…

Australia Illustrated

In Australia Illustrated Tania McCartney has created her own eclectic schema for detailing quirky and eccentric icons of Australian life with multicultural perspectives. The popular culture tenor of the work is obvious in both text and image in this, the first of her many books which McCartney has illustrated as well as written. Organised with…

Bicycling To The Moon

Timo Parvela is a teacher and a best-selling author in Finland where many of his books have been adapted for both the big and the small screen. The main characters in Bicycling To The Moon have their own TV show and the author does regular school tours where their adventures are read and discussed. The…

Blue John

‘There he was, lit up in the darkness, with his amethyst eyes purple and blue like the deepest glacier, and his amber hair as golden as the sun.’ Deep in a dark, dark shadow of Mam Tor mountain, the Queen of Darkness creates a child out of darkness and light, and fire and ice. Her…

Chicken on the Roof

Poetry, profundity and high comedy combine in this brilliant book of sparkling poems from Matt Goodfellow. The absurdity of chickens stuck on rooftops, hedgehogs wincing through the backstroke, talking baked bean tins, a cat relieving itself in a grandparent’s beard, reflections on loss, the passage of time, the importance of place, and the grandeur of…

Circle

Many readers will know Jeannie Baker’s work through her outstanding picturebooks such as the wordless Window, where page by page the reader follows the changes from a rural to an urban landscape, and Mirror, where links are made between two seemingly disparate world cultures. Her books are concerned with the issues, global and local, social…

Create Your Own Spy Mission

The perfect book for a long journey, young readers will quite literally get drawn into Create Your Own Spy Mission by Irish brothers Andrew and Chris Judge. A fun, interactive story which invites the reader to draw, doodle, decide, fold and tear, this quirky little book is part comic, spy story, quiz and drawing book…

Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls

Two books in one, the Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls is a quirky, fun read. When read from one end, it is a list of the rights of boys. Boys have the right to play with dolls, to be cute or stylish, to be rubbish at DIY and prefer English to Maths.…

Detective Nosegoode and the Music Box Mystery

The famous detective, Ambrosius Nosegoode, has retired to a small town, hoping to enjoy a peaceful life of flute-playing and radish-growing. However, when a neighbour’s precious music box is stolen, Detective Nosegoode finds himself lured back into the world of detection. While Nosegoode gathers clues and conducts interviews, his talking canine sidekick, Cody, determines to…

Dog Town

The port city of Riga is a city which always remains unfinished, and according to myth; anyone declaring ‘Riga is ready’ would cause the city to be drowned by its river, the Daugava. Jacob has led a sheltered life, living with his dad, in the city centre. Jacob is fascinated with the city and spends…

Doodle Town

When I was a kid I did not doodle just to doodle. I always needed a project. I later tried to study fine art but my lecturers politely suggested I might be more suited for illustration. Art as a project. Art with a purpose. Which probably explains my later career as a graphic designer. Give…

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

This book is empowering and adorable. The appropriately named Pankhurst (who is, actually, a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst) takes us through simple biographies of exceptional women, both known and relatively unknown, and celebrates their achievements in arts, science, activism, altruism, espionage and feminism. Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning,…

Get Out and Play… Football!

The children of Ireland are being encouraged to get more active by Rod Smith with the second instalment of his Get Out and Play fiction series, following on from the success of the launch of Get Out and Play… GAA! But this time, football is on the agenda. Granddad Mick is on a mission to…

Helper and Helper

Are you an animal living in the wilds of the arid New Zealand wilderness? Do you require assistance? You need to call ‘Snake and Lizard’, an odd couple who will solve your problem for the small price of an egg or a beetle. A sequel to her book Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley’s Helper and…

Hoakes Island

Henry Hoakes, the owner of Hoakes Island, has disappeared and the island is in danger of being knocked down and redeveloped into apartments if the current residents cannot find the property deeds. Thankfully, Henry left clues for Rita and the rest of the animal inhabitants to its whereabouts and your help is needed to solve…

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…

Illuminatlas

Step into a beautifully colourful journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminature and Illumanatomy. This inventive read will totally immerse you into a geography lesson with a difference. This third title in the series explores the world’s continents and reveals their hidden secrets through a magic coloured lens that illuminates…

In Focus: Cities

This book is a gloriously colourful tour through some of the world’s most important cities. Taking a collaborative approach, ten illustrators take one location each to convey something of the geography, culture, and unique colour of each place. Whether it is the vibrant streets of New York or the sumptuous sunset-soaked skyline of Istanbul, the…

Last-But-Not-Least Lola: Going Green

Lola is fed up of being last on the list at school. This is because her name is Z-for-Zuckermann. Much to Lola’s annoyance, her ex best friend, the perfect Amanda Anderson, is always first. But Lola has a plan. She decides that she is going to win her class’s Going Green contest. So that she…

Let The Dice Decide: Roll the Dice to Create Picture and Word Mash-Ups

Freelancer illustrator Sophie Foster has created an action-packed fill-in book for drawing and doodle lovers, but with a twist – all creations are determined by the roll of a dice! Over 60 pages of creative ideas involving aliens, super villains, dragons, and misfits, invite you to design your own dog and uncover your future: the…

Looking for Yesterday

Alison Jay has produced a very philosophical picturebook here. Ostensibly it is about nostalgia and an almost Proustian yearning for the perfection of a past experience. But there is more to it than that. It is also about a rich relationship between a boy and his grandfather. The subtle wisdom of a wise grandfather is…

Magical Celtic Tales

This is a collection of Celtic tales from Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. These are familiar stories with a slightly different telling. Fairy tales or folk tales tend to reappear in different cultures and are retold in different ways. For example, the story ‘Blaanid’s Secret’ is similar to Rumpelstiltskin –…

Making Millions, Cass and the Bubble Street Gang

Young fans of Irish author Erika McGann will be delighted with the second in the series of Cass and the Bubble Street Gang mysteries, Making Millions. This time, the inventive and entrepreneurial Cass is not only trying to make her fortune but she is also trying to solve the mystery of the invisible boy in…

Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx (Brownstone’s Mythical Collection)

Marcy finds it hard to believe that the tales of adventure and exploration told to her by her father Arthur are anything more than just that – exciting stories. She just can’t see how her slightly portly dad could be that brave, especially when the creatures from her dad’s amazing adventures fill the shadows at…

Mariella Queen of the Skies

Mariella is a talented inventor, the only problem is that something is interrupting her thinking and inventing time… Eoin Colfer has created an engaging and witty story about the bane of every child’s existence – bedtime. Mariella spends most of her time coming up with ideas for ingenious inventions, but it always seem that just…

Message from the Moon and other poems

Hilda Offen’s poems are as enjoyable as her illustrations, any reader would be hard pushed to say which they prefer. Wonderful stories are created through the clever coupling of powerful phrasing and intelligent illustrations. The minimalist and simple style of the illustrations allow the reader to find meaning easily within the clever cartoons. Offen uses…

Mindfully Me Series

The Mindfully Me Series is a collection of three books that advocate positive mental health and well-being for children. Each book focuses on encouraging positive self-image and self-esteem for children aged four and upwards. Book 1 is called It’s Always There and focuses on the use of mindful breathing as a practical method that children…

Molly and the Stormy Sea

Molly wakes up one morning to find her house completely empty. Her father is out on a fishing trip on stormy seas and now her mother is nowhere to be seen. That can only mean one thing – that her father is missing. And so, over the course of the night, Molly will offer the…

Mostly Mary (A Mary Plain Adventure)

Mary Plain is an orphan bear living with her relatives at Berne Zoo in Switzerland. Her delightful adventures were first published in 1930 by Welsh author Gwynedd Rae, and the books were much loved by the family of author-illustrator Shirley Hughes, whose daughter Clara has illustrated this charming book. The childlike Mary Plain is a…

Mountains of the World

How are mountains made? Does the Yeti exist? Who is the world’s most famous mountaineer? Get ready for the answers to these and many more questions in Dieter Braun’s stylish celebration of the world’s mountains. From the Alps to the Andes, Everest to Uluru, this comprehensive exploration of some of the highest places on Earth,…

My Worst Book Ever!

This entertaining book gives the reader a real, first-hand insight into how NOT to make a picturebook. Allan Ahlberg fancies that he has a great idea for a picturebook, all about a happy family and their adventures with a snappy crocodile. Unfortunately, every effort he makes to write his story is thwarted, either by coffee-splashing…

Ocean Meets Sky

‘”It’s a good day for sailing,” his grandfather would have said.’ Finn wakes early on the morning of his late Grandfather’s ninetieth birthday. He decides to build a boat to honour his memory. He recalls the sound of his grandfather’s voice and the stories he told of ‘a place far away where ocean meets sky’.…

One Christmas Wish

This seasonal story finds a lonely child called Theo on Christmas Eve making a wish on a falling star to be ‘un-lonely’. The magic of the wish awakens four old Christmas ornaments – a cheeky rocking horse that incessantly searches for food, a robin that has forgotten how to sing, an angel with worn wings…

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…

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…

People of Peace: 40 Inspiring Icons

These days, it is important to examine examples from the past to define our heroes; the peacemakers, ‘tree-shakers’, rights activists. People of Peace contains forty great examples of men and women through history who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. From the early 1800s to the present day, each page features an…

Perfect

Perfect is a rare and wonderful picturebook by Nicola Davies. It tells the story of a young boy, coming to terms with the arrival of a baby sister with special needs. His sister’s condition is not explained or diagnosed, and the subtlety and artistry with which his journey from sadness at unfulfilled expectations to acceptance…

Raise the Flag

In the right hands, a book on flags can be a gateway into appreciating history, understanding geography, celebrating pageantry, and encountering national diversity – and all of these benefits are vividly and passionately delivered in this text. From the Jolly Rogers and Calico Jacks of pirate ships, through the celestial imagery of Asian emblems, to…

Return

A young, lonely girl fails to get the attention of her busy father yet again. So she returns to the world she created in the previous instalments, Journey and Quest, where she has found friendship and adventure. This time, the father notices his daughter’s absence. He and follows her into the magical realm – populated…

Riding a Donkey Backwards

Khayaal Theatre, one of the parties behind the composition of Riding a Donkey Backwards came into being to help people move away from the narrow views they might have of Muslim culture. This book, which also enjoys the writing skills of Sean Taylor and the illustrative work of Shirin Adl, admirably fulfils this aim and…

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts

After the Incident That Must Never Be Mentioned Again, Sam Wu has to prove to the school bully that he is not a scaredy cat. No easy task when he is indeed even scared of his own cat Butterbutt. With a gift for talking big and acting small, Sam finds himself the reluctant owner of…

Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry

Poetic expression, beautiful setting, and a rich mythological yarn meet in this attractive reprint of Rosalie K. Fry’s 1957 novel. The lead character, Fiona McConville, returns to her native Western Isles having had to live for an unhappy time on the mainland. As she finds a warm and welcoming home with her grandparents, the gently…

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.…

Sonas ar Só: Rannta do pháístí óga

A blast from the past! Due to its obvious popularity and demand, this book has been published with its original illustrations for the third time since 1977. It is a varied collection of rhymes and jingles in Irish suitable for all primary classes but mainly for younger classes. Many practising pedagogues will remember teaching at…

Stick and Fetch Investigate: Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Stick and Fetch are a new dynamic duo in the detecting game, one girl and her dog out hunting for clues, and also hunting for mysteries to go with the clues. They’re enthusiastic and energetic and they follow their cases through, all the way to the very, very end until the mysteries are completely and…

Sticker Shape Create

Illustrator Thereza Rowe has created a beautifully bright and cheerful activity sticker book that inspires creativity. Children can create 29 scenes using over 1,500 stickers and are encouraged to add their own imaginative details using colouring pencils or pens. Each double-page spread provides step-by-step instructions to create the images and a background scene to complete.…

Storm Whale

Brennan’s text has found a perfect match in Tanner’s illustrations here. There is a sense of performance as we are led from an ordinary, calm seaside scene on the front cover, to the drama of a dark, brooding seascape on the back cover. Delicate pencil sketches evolve through gentle watercolours and pastels into magnificent storm…

Swami on Rye: Max in India

Originally published in 1995, this picturebook, an exuberant, tongue-in-cheek search for the meaning of life, is one of four ‘Max the Dog’ books by New York artistic and literary phenomenon Maira Kalman. Kalman is well known in the USA for her New York Times columns, her magazine covers and contributions to The New Yorker, and…

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

When you’re the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, you have some high expectations to live up to. But when you’re the eighth son, you may have to work a bit harder to get noticed. Alfie Onion is not afraid of hard work, nor of trolls, ogres, a talking horse, mischievous mice or even meddling…

The Big Book of Beasts

Zommer’s book is a treasure-trove of beastly facts. Have you ever wondered why wolves howl at the moon or why tigers have stripes? This book will give you all the answers. Not only are the illustrations detailed, showing such things as animal footprints and fur patterns, but they are also incredibly expressive, imaginatively showing the…

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs

When Ken Nedimyer was little, Nasa was just sending its first rockets, and then men, in to space. But while the whole world looked to the unknown realms of space for inspiration, Ken was far more interested in the unknown here on Earth – in the ocean. As a young man he collected hundreds of…

The Clue is in the Poo (And Other Stuff Too)

The Clue is in the Poo is all about making factual things fun. From the intriguing title to the characterful animals that fill its pages, it is packed with fascinating, funny facts about the natural world that you can discover through the animal droppings, tracks and other traces that are left behind. Each spread has…

The Day War Came

Simple yet highly charged, this is one of the big stories of our time told in a form accessible to young children. More than ever in a post-truth world, art, here in the hands of masterful picturebook makers Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cobb, gets closer to the truth about the world we live in than…

The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Oz is the sweet, thoughtful puppy that has had a rough start to life. After living with families who cannot care for him properly, he struggles to trust people and is careful not to bark because it only causes trouble. He soon meets Patrick who teaches him to find his voice again, and Oz teaches…

The Dress and the Girl

Author Camille Andros and illustrator Julie Morstad present the seemingly simple story of a little girl and her favourite dress. Living on a beautiful Greek island, they both dream of a world beyond the horizon they know, as each day, however ordinary, with its chores and tasks, is infused with hope and a desire to…

The Foolish King

With Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown on board, you know you can expect fun and irreverent accompaniments to the text, and this doesn’t disappoint. Mark Price, the current Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the UK, was prompted to write this for his daughter to teach her to play chess. It is a…

The Fox On The Swing

The Fox on the Swing, with its shimmering stars on the cover, is a wonderfully written and delightfully illustrated treat of a picturebook. The story, which begins with a tree, is a bit mad cap but is incredibly entertaining. It follows a very observant boy, Paul, who lives on the edge of a pretty park…

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 Match

The Man works all week in a football boot factory while His Dog waits not-so-patiently at home for The Man’s return. At the weekend, Man and Dog settle on the settee to watch The MATCH. Unfortunately, The MATCH usually ends in The DEFEAT, leaving Man and Dog under a bit of a dark cloud. Eventually…

The Monster From The Blue Planet

Little Zaleb loves nothing more than her grandfather’s stories of faraway planets and the strange monsters that live there. Her favourite is about a beautiful blue planet called Earth. When she receives a small spaceship for her birthday, Zaleb takes off through space, determined to capture her own Earth monster and bring it home for…

The Poet’s Dog

I write this review blinded by a tear of emotion, for not only is Patricia MacLachlan’s tale of The Poet’s Dog a touching story of human love, but it delves deeply into the mind-set of children coming to terms with the concept of loss. With poignant beauty, Nickel and Flora learn, through their love of…

The Pond

Beautifully conceived and constructed, The Pond is Davies and Fisher’s second collaboration with Welsh publisher Graffeg. Told through the eyes of a young boy grieving after his father’s death, ‘the muddy, messy hole’ left by the unfinished pond which Dad started to make, is a metaphor for the family’s sense of emptiness. Fisher’s images combine…

The Rise and Fall of Claude the Magnificent

It’s a much told tale. A poor artist travels to the big city to find fame and fortune. They find success but it goes to their head. Until of course their pride and arrogance sends them tumbling back to reality with an impressive thud. But this is a tale told with charm by writer Chris…

The Superhero Handbook

‘Where does he get such wonderful toys?’ is the memorable line from the Joker in Tim Burton’s original Batman movie. According to this book, Batman probably made them himself and it shows you step by step how you can do the same. From Utility belts, Mega Blasters, Jetpacks and Stink Bombs, the handbook features 20…

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…

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape

Toto and her brother Silver live in a posh London townhouse, where they are pampered and live a good life. By day, they are completely normal cats. While Toto was born nearly blind. Silver acts as her ‘eyes’, but she has been trained to trust her senses and feel her surrounding by a ninja cat-master.…

Treasure Hunt House

On a sunny Tuesday in October, a brother and a sister receive a mysterious letter by their great-aunt Martha: an invitation to visit her. However, upon arriving at the house, Martha is not there. Instead, the children are led by the housekeeper in a treasure hunt that takes them throughout the house. The plot of…

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…

Under The Canopy: Trees Around the World

Trees have long been considered nearly sacred, as they provide food, medicine, shelter, shade, natural materials and, most importantly, oxygen. More than just nature-lovers and tree-huggers will be happy with what lies beneath the unnaturally bright cover of Under the Canopy: Trees Around the World. The layout of this book is similar to a lot…

We Travel So Far…

We Travel So Far… is a collection of small stories about big journeys. Each story in this book is a true tale of migration across land, sea and air, and looks at the most astonishing journeys undertaken by animals all around the world. From the epic journey of the huge humpback whale to the gritty…

Welcome to our World: A Celebration of Children Everywhere.

This is quite simply one of the most sumptuous non-fiction books for young readers at the moment. It makes a considerable effort to only delve into important things that little children would prefer to learn; like how do you cure your hiccups in Mexico? With red string stuck to your forehead, of course! Or what…

What Do Animals Do All Day?

A beautifully colourful and engaging book full of wonder and adventure! A particular treat for animal-lovers and explorers of the wild outdoors, this book will take the reader on an adventure through jungles, forests, oceans, the magical coral reef and many other uniquely mesmerising habitats. The illustrations are particularly beautiful, so it is a great…

‘Key Readers’ Series

In fairness, these books really do set out their stall from the start: books for the 6–11 age range written to set specifications of ‘high interest, low vocabulary’ in order to produce ‘a varied range of meaningful reading experiences within a phonetically controlled setting’. And this, I fear is their limitation – such a specific…


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