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3.2.1 GO!

3.2.1 GO! is like no other counting book for young children around just now. In this animal Olympics, we see 5 pandas practising martial arts, a fox on the tennis court with 16 spare sweatbands and 8 monkeys doing what they do best – swinging between the rings in the gymnasium. From 1 up to…

365 Penguins

Each day, a family receives a penguin by post. Funny at the beginning, it becomes soon a bit embarrassing: where to fit them? How to feed them? And what to tell the neighbours who complain about bad smells? But behind the absurdity of the situation, the author Jean-Luc Fromental playfully rationalises: characters count the penguins,…

5 Wild Numbers

A lively introduction to the world of numbers one to five, this beautiful board book doubles up to showcase jungle animals in their natural habitats. Short rhymes on each page accompany artistic illustrations of both numbers and creatures while we encounter wildlife in every sense of the word as ‘One fierce tiger paces’ and ‘three…

A Bunch of Daisies

This new Daisy book has a pick-and-mix of four short stories and some puzzles which are great fun and full of sly jokes, which 3 – 6-year-olds will love. Daisy’s interactions with her somewhat frustrated Mum are humorously observed, as she attempts to liberate a much-desired cream biscuit from the bottom of the tin without…

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…

A First Book of the Sea

This sumptuous picturebook from this award-winning duo is a beautiful object, and would make a lovely gift to take on holidays or even to curl up with as the days get shorter and colder. Together with Davies’ A First Book of Nature and A First Book of Animals this title marks a new direction in…

A House for Zebra and Other Stories

A collection of four stories for pre-school and junior infant children. There are also four pages of ‘picture stories’ where the child can make up stories based on the pictures. Ideally this book is more suited to a one-to-one situation than classroom use. One of the stories ‘A House for Zebra’ could introduce discussion about…

A Hungry Lion : or a dwindling assortment of animals

Once upon a time there was a very hungry lion and a collection of adorable little animals. The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his little animal pals, but all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or…

A leithéid!

Léirmheas le Niamh Ní Thuama  Is leabhar aoibhinn é “A leithéid”, a scríobh Gillian Lobel agus a d’aistrigh Gabriel Rosenstock.  Is scéal é faoi ‘Caoimhe Corr’, éinín a thagann ar nead lán d’uibheacha.  Is uibheacha iad seo nach bhfuil cosúil le haon cinn atá feicthe aici riamh cheana! Gan rómhoill, tuigeann sí go gcaithfear aire cheart…

A Lion is a Lion

From the creator of Penguin and the Tilly and Friends series comes a wicked, rollicking read-aloud which asks the question: Is a lion still a lion if he wears a hat? And carries an umbrella? Is a lion still a lion if he arrives at your door and invites himself in with a ‘How do…

A Perfect Day

Lots of illustrators have a distinguishing style which makes their books immediately recognisable. Not so Lane Smith: apart from some earlier publications which were in the mode of The Stinky Cheeseman with which he came to prominence, his books always present the reader with something different. Though it should be said that one distinctive feature…

A Place to Call Home

The cuddly family of hamsters smiling out at you from the cover of this book have suddenly found that they have grown too big for their safe, cosy hole. Oh, dear! This means they’ll have to go out into the big, bad world and find a new place to live! Their search for a new…

A Rainbow in My Pocket

Poetry from the perspective of a child is not easily written by adults, but in tender tones Ali Seidabadi captures the world in a way which will reflect and inspire the minds of young readers. Whether it is the culturally enriching experience of reading Persian poetry, or the accessibility lent to it by Azita Rassi’s…

A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound

Bestselling writer John Irving’s first book for children gets straight to the heart of children’s night-time fears. When Tom wakes to a sound in the middle of the night, he and his father set off to investigate. The vividly described noises ‘… like someone pulling the nails out of the floorboards under the bed ……

A Very Late Story

Some of the best picturebooks are the ones with very little text but a very big message. Marianna Coppo’s story within a story is a wonderfully clever example of how illustration and simple expression is sometimes more powerful than words themselves. Young readers are introduced to Coppo’s ‘cast’ of cute characters as they anxiously await…

ABC & Do

ABC & DO is a book that follows the premise of its title – An alphabet book with things ‘to be done’. We follow a sweet little character, Mouse, through the interactive pages of a fun, colourful and very cleverly thought out ABC. ABC & DO offers a very interesting take on the alphabet book, from its…

ABC Early Learning at the Museum

Produced by the British Museum, this beautiful picturebook uses objects from the museum’s rich collection to teach its readers the alphabet, with paintings, textiles and sculptures all incorporated to represent different letters. Pictures of each piece appear above or below the relevant letter, which is typed in both capital and lower case, along with the…

ABC Mindful Me

Following on from ABC Yoga, Christine Engle has created an introduction to mindfulness for 3-6 year-olds. This colourful board book provides a lively introduction to emotional regulation and self-care. The text comprises of a series of short rhymes, structured around the alphabet. In some places the structure and verse flow fluently, and in some places…

ABZZZ…A Bedtime Alphabet

This Bedtime Alphabet was originally published by Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing house whose aim is to produce books where text and image combine to create a unique outcome. This idea of harmony and balance through interconnection resonates throughout this picturebook. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different mediation on the idea…

Adam’s Greatest Inventions

It’s nearly bedtime (once again), but Adam and his friends set off on another adventure before they go to sleep. With so many wonderful inventions surrounding us every day, they jump on board Fluff, their faithful soaring cloud, and travel across space and back in time to discover the greatest invention of all! Is it…

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Nobody likes Alexander the mouse. When people catch sight of him they shriek with disgust, chase him with brooms and try to capture him with mousetraps. All poor little Alexander wants is a few crumbs to eat. One day Alexander meets Willy, a smug little clockwork mouse who is loved and cuddled every single night…

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

Corr’s brightly coloured paintings sing from every page as we climb aboard Big Ali’s minibus and hit the Bobo road. At Lake Tengréla, we encounter dancing flamingos and hungry hippos. In the middle of the forest, the luggage is alive. Huffing and puffing, the bus people disembark carrying watermelons and enormous yams to set up…

All Around the World: Sports and Games

In Cosneau’s original All Around the World, readers were offered 8 panoramas of environments from around the globe and encouraged to complete them using stickers of accompanying animals. In this follow-up, the mega-sized scenes are focused on various sports and games settings, including the adventure playground, the water park, the circus, the sports stadium, the…

Alone in the Forest

Alone in the Forest tells the story of Musa, a young boy who ventures into the forest to fetch firewood for his sick mother. In the forest he hears strange noises and decides to hide in the hollow of a tree… Shyam’s illustrations take centre stage and the words are very much secondary to his ornate…

Along Came A Different

The Reds love being red. In fact they can’t get enough of being red, what with all the cool red hats, the red apples and the singing of red songs. But then along come the Yellows, a group of squares that love to eat bananas, love to read yellow books and drive yellow cars and…

Als Heel de Wereld een Appeltaart was: Rijmpjes en Versjes

The title of the first of these books of Dutch nursery rhymes is the first line of a Dutch version of this familiar rhyme: If all the world were apple pie, And all the sea were ink And all the trees were bread and cheese, What should we have to drink? The Dutch version is…

Am Codlata i Lár na Codlata

Léirmheas le Shauna Brennan Tagann an scéal Am Coldlata i Lár na Coille ó pheann Carole Lexa Schaefer agus ba í Vanessa Cabban a d’aistrigh agus mhaisigh é. Is scéal é seo faoi ainmhithe beaga difriúla sa choill agus faoin méid a bhíonn idir lámha acu in ionad dul a chodladh. Bhainfeadh páistí óga ach go…

Am I Yours?

When an icy wind pushes an egg from its nest, five friendly dinosaurs must get it home before dark. But who does the egg belong to and will they figure it out in time? Alex Latimer introduces young children to a range of dinosaur species as the little creature inside the egg repeatedly asks each…

Amazing Animal Babies

This publication is born into a world full of books about animals. However, it has a huge advantage over other publications in that it is firmly aimed at very young children. It starts at their level of awareness and brings the reader on an expedition around the world to observe young animals in their habitats.…

Amy’s Three Best Things

When Amy goes to stay with her granny on her own for the first time, she packs everything she will need, including her three best things. On the first night, Amy’s little mat becomes a magic carpet on which she flies home to check on her mother, her baby brother and her dog. The second…

An Artist’s Alphabet

This lavishly illustrated book gives a creative and innovative method of applying links between the letters of the alphabet and the everyday objects that surround us. Messenger’s long history of illustration is evident in the vintage style of illustration. The pages are decorated with a washed pastel tone, in a quintessentially English style. This book…

Animal Surprise!

In his onomatopoeic tour de force Gunson invites his young audience (2–4 years) to open and unfold Animal Surprise! Each colourful double-page spread is dedicated to the activities and routines of an animal. The double-page spread is actually tripartite, with the final third hiding under a fold on the right hand page. Simplicity is the…

Animals Are Delicious

This set of three board books is sure to make a fantastic addition to any child’s library. With each one detailing the food chains of a different habitat – the sky, the forest and the ocean – Hutt provides a simple, easily comprehensible overview to how a single plant leads to the feeding of an…

Annie Rose is My Little Sister

As implied in the title, Alfie, perhaps the best-loved of all Shirley Hughes’s characters and big brother to Annie Rose, tells us all about his little sister in this book. Though it doesn’t have a plot as such – each double-page spread presents a delightful cameo of the two children, playing hide and seek, absorbed…

Anton and the Battle

With his new title featuring Anton from the award-winning Anton Can Do Magic, Ole Könnecke creates another charming and well-crafted picturebook. Anyone familiar with little boys will recognize the “one-upboyship” pattern of Anton and Luke’s behaviour as they slug it out to prove who is the bravest and best! Ole Könnecke illustrates their competitiveness in a…

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…

Aquarium

At first glance Aquarium looked a bit like it was all fur coat and no – ahem– underwear. Created by a young Argentinian graphic designer for readers of 3 to 5 years, it looked too design-led with not much else going on. But first glance was wrong; the underpinnings in this stylish wordless picturebook are…

Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat

A crafty cat prowls from home to home on Blossom Street, receiving plenty of care and attention from all. However, when the cheeky feline suddenly disappears, each member of the community comes out in search of their cherished companion. Together, they soon discover that one elderly neighbour is in particular need of company. Some may…

Archie’s Holiday

It is always a pleasure to come across a well-designed book such asArchie’s Holiday. The short-cut landscape format is neat and fits with the activities of Archie, a well-tailored canine (dog seems much too ordinary for Archie), as he prepared for his seaside holiday. Gordon’s lightly sketched pen and watercolour images airily disposed over the…

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?

This is  a terrific picturebook and one that will be treasured by all dinosaur lovers. I have enjoyed my fair share of dinosaur books over the years and approached this one with a mental challenge to “surprise me” but was instantly delighted with its fresh appeal and mischievous sense of fun. Dave and his dad…

Are We There Yet?

A young boy is off to Grandma’s birthday party. Soon, he asks the inevitable question, ‘Are we there, yet?’ Judging from his parents’ faces, this isn’t the first time he’s asked. Simple car journeys can take forever. Watching out the window and playing with toys can only occupy a child for so long, and the…

Arnie…the Accidental Hero

Arnie the armadillo lives on a tropical island with every kind of jungle creature imaginable. On his way across the island to meet his friends, Arnie braves everything from thunderstorms to bats. However, it is crocodiles that really make Arnie shake. While hurrying to warn his friends of a nasty crocodile lurking nearby, Arnie trips…

At the Animal Ball

At the Animal Ball is a fun-filled, beautifully illustrated split-page board book where animal characters from all around the world (such as Panda, Lemur, Koala and Chinchilla) come together to enjoy the animal ball in their own costumes and with their own dances, reflecting different world cultures in a very cute and fun way. Written…

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…

Baby’s First Words

Baby’s First Words is a lovely board book that takes you through Baby’s day with both her parents and shows all the words they encounter along the way. From basic nouns such as ‘door’, ‘bicycle’, ‘teddy bear’, ‘owl’ and ‘chair’; including animal sounds, like ‘hoot’, ‘bleat’, and ‘neigh’; onomatopoeias such as ‘brrrrm’, ‘beep’, and ‘Zzzz!’;…

Bad Baby, Good Baby

Presented as two stories in a ‘back to back’ book, this is a lyrical examination of what the author deems to be acceptable and unacceptable behaviour from babies. While I doubt if Newman wishes her work to replace such household names as Doctor Spock or Penelope Leach, her notions of conduct reflect a distinctly old-…

BANG

BANG by Leo Timmers won The Boekenpauw 2012 award for the best illustrated book in Flanders and no wonder. What a book!  A book with only one word! What a delight for those with reading difficulties and those who have not yet mastered reading skills. This book has so much to offer children from the cradle…

Bathtime for Little Rabbit

Little Rabbit is somewhat unsure about bathtime, especially having his ears washed, and he needs some friendly help. As with Jörg Mühle’s previous book Tickle My Ears, this story is interactive. It encourages the toddler to call Little Rabbit, and then act out shampooing, cleaning and drying. This boardbook is gentle in tone, kind in…

Be a Friend

An ordinary boy, Dennis expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Sometimes people call him Mime Boy. Dennis is happy being himself, but sometimes he gets lonely. Even trees get lonely sometimes. But when Dennis meets a girl named Joy, he discovers how wonderful friendship can truly be when you find the right person. Yoon’s pencil illustrations…

Bears

Twenty-seven words, including the title, create a crazy world of bears. First published in 1948, Ruth Krauss’s poem is illustrated with Maurice Sendak’s famous combination of cartoon and menace. The words and images become increasingly surreal, from bears ‘on the stairs’ to ‘collecting fares’, and include the sort of joyful, creative grammar a 3-year-old child…

Bears Wants More

A wonderful springtime book, this rhyming tale describes how a bear, on waking from hibernation, sets out to fill his empty tummy. The young reader discovers what bears eat and how berries and grass do little to satisfy his hunger. One by one his friends guide him to new sources of food. The meadow scenes…

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…

Belinda Brown

This is classic McKee – flat, two-dimensional, child-like artwork that conceals his genius. There is a rhyming text that avoids (narrowly) being contrived. As well as the rhyming, we have alliteration as in ‘Brother Bryan gobbled burgers, biscuits and bakes, bangers, buns, brioche and for breakfast? Bran flakes.’ Belinda Brown loves bananas; she eats nothing…

Belle and Boo and the Yummy Scrummy Day

Sometimes when a book is a spin-off from a popular brand such as Belle and Boo, the story can seem forced and contrived, leading to an unsatisfactory read. Luckily, this charming tale of Belle and her little rabbit is a delightful story in its own right, with a sweet message about how healthy food can…

Big Dog, Little Dog: Lift-the-Flap Opposites

Get ready to meet a whole host of cool new doggy friends in this playful lift-the-flap book of opposites for little ones! Bursting with graphic flair and clever paper craft, it’s a book that delivers just as much on style and creativity as it does on learning. Finding new ways to introduce very young children…

Bim Bam Boom

Bim Bam Boom is a fun-filled book for toddlers, following the noisy adventures of a group of young birds as they create an orchestra from the contents of the kitchen cupboard. It begins with baby owl making music with wooden spoons and a pot, and soon builds to a cacophony as each character joins in,…

Bird House

From cover to cover this book is a journey of discovery into the world of birds. Why do birds need houses and does one size fit all? These and lots more questions are answered in this lift-the-flap book which is teeming with information on how we can provide a safe and welcoming habitat for our…

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

This beautiful board book introduces toddlers to colours using 25 vibrant works of art by Henri Matisse. The bold shapes and vibrant colours in Matisse’s cutouts will appeal to young readers, and the works are brilliantly reproduced. Phaidon Press’s reputation for creating high-quality art books is justified. The use of colour in the typography is…

Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears

A prolific writer and illustrator of children’s books, Hilda Offen won the Smarties Prize in 1992 and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize in 2009. Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears is her first poetry collection. There is a comforting familiarity to Offen’s illustrations, as she has brought to life dozens of well-known…

Blue Penguin

One day in the far south, a blue penguin was born. He felt just like an ordinary penguin. The other penguins said, ‘…you’re not like us’ and they left him on his own.  Blue Penguin’s days were empty and lonely, but his nights were filled with dreams. From those dreams came a song… a song…

Bored Bill

Poor bored Bill. Nothing can capture his interest, least of all the frantic antics of his owner, Mrs Pickle. The more she encourages him to read, garden, cook and practise kung fu with her, the further he sinks into the sofa. Then one day a gust of wind whisks him into space. Meeting a bunch…

Botany for Babies

This board book is part of a series of non-fiction titles introducing science to babies. Botany for Babies has colourful illustrations which set out interesting facts on the life cycle of a plant accompanied by simple text which further allows the reader to expand on the information given on each page. The cover has a…

British Museum: Colours – Early learning at the Museum

Colours – Early learning at the Museum, is part of an engaging series of books about The British Museum for the young. Created in board book format, it is ideal for little hands to explore and sturdy enough to last many reads. Featuring high-quality photographs from some of the most stunning objects from the British…

Bróga Nua

Bróga Nua is a beautiful collection of rhymes and songs aimed at young children. Published by Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta, it includes a rhyme and song to go with every aspect of life in the naíonra. This book provides ample opportunities to teach important everyday phrases though Irish in a happy and fun learning environment. Whether…

Bruno and the Titch: A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig

Bruno is a little boy who desperately wants his own guinea pig. Titch is a guinea pig who dreams of having a Big Person of his own. The story of how they find each other and the adventures they share is beautifully written and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. Dempsey renders her pictures in pastels with…

Bugs Galore

Bugs in all their many varieties are on show here. Some are mentioned in the rhyming text: spiders, buzzy bees, worms, caterpillars – the sort of bugs that often scare children, and adults too. And lots of other bugs are shown, whether all are real I can’t tell; some certainly look strange, but then, lots…

Bum Bum

There are few things that give pre-schoolers more glee than transgressions in the form of toilet-humour. They will not be disappointed here. Miura does not attempt to dress up his premise with a clever narrative or sophisticated artwork. The text is Spartan and the digital artwork is clear, bold and basic. There is no gesture…

Bumposaurus

Bumposaurus, ‘Bumpy’ for short, is a baby dinosaur with a problem – from the moment he is born he is so shortsighted that he can’t even find his way out of his own egg. So begins his habit of bumping into everything, from his siblings to tree trunks, and landing himself in dangerous places, including…

Can You Find Me?

Can You Find Me? is a fun book with a twist on the idea of the ‘Hidden Picture’ game. In it, animals are ‘camouflaged’ in 10 different spreads, each featuring a unique setting: the garden, the pond, the farm, the jungle, the cold, the ocean, the underground, the safari, at home and at night; and…

Can You See a Little Bear?

This is a look-and-find book with a difference. Jackie Morris’s gorgeous watercolours will draw children into a world that is dreamlike and magical – a sumptuous place of fantasy, rich in detail and colour. There is so much to explore on every opening – exotic people and animals, musical instruments, modes of transport, clothes, colours,…

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

Coralie lives alone in the forest where she runs and jumps and swings from trees – not to mention juggling anything that she can find! Her skills are wonderful, and so is she – but there is no one else in the woods to see her. So when a circus comes by, Coralie decides to…

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

This delightful book is sure to please; pirates and dinosaurs? What could be better than a picturebook featuring both from this well-known duo, here working together for the first time? Giles Andreae’s adventure story is engaging, exuberant and witty, and the same goes for Russell Ayto’s illustrations. As the story unfolds his deft and expressive…

Captain Jack and the Pirates

There can be little doubt that the most widely popular contemporary poetry is children’s poetry. The most popular examples of this poetry are hidden in plain sight as poetic works; in the form of richly illustrated picturebooks . The likes of The Gruffalo and the rest of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s collaborations must be…

Chalkey and the New Sports Car

Chalky is an inquisitive and friendly white cat that lives in Granda’s garage. One bright morning he steps out to survey his garden kingdom only to hear the roar of a car engine approach. As soon as Chalky lays eyes on the new sports car it becomes clear that Chalky has a special attraction to…

Chameleon’s Crazy Colors

A chameleon is in ‘a colour muddle’. He turns red when he should turn yellow and blue with pink spots when he should turn grey, but what if Lion comes and he cannot blend in with his surroundings? His friends, Monkey and Meercat, are confident they can help him, but their well-intentioned plans are unsuccessful.…

Chicken Clicking

Andersen books always have a slight edge to them and this one is no exception. Here, Jeanne Willis introduces us to Chick, an adorable hatchling with a penchant for internet shopping and nocturnal break-ins. The narrative is rhyming and humorous, which is bound to cause a stir amongst listeners as Chick gets carried away ordering…

Chickens Can’t See in the Dark

A charming tale from Kristyna about a Chicken and friends as they try to prove, against all odds, by hook or by crook, that Chickens can see in the dark. The story concerns Pippa, a little chicken who learns in school that, unequivocally, Chickens suffer from night blindness. This comes as news to Pippa who…

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Sisters Greta and Gracie are as different as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. As the older, wiser, more worldly bunny, Greta has things all figured out and she’s not afraid to tell Gracie what’s what. But as Greta belittles Gracie’s slowness, quietness and smallness throughout, the younger bunny takes it all in her stride…

Cinderella’s Bum

A big sister is lamenting over the size of her behind, which is allegedly far too big. The little sister, who is far more pragmatic, points out the advantages, and in some cases disadvantages, of having a big or small bottom, using a whole host of familiar characters, both from fantasy and history, to illustrate…

Cinnamon

This story brings us on a journey to a land far, far away to meet Cinnamon, a beautiful, blind and isolated princess who does not speak. After a series of unsuccessful attempts by people engaged by her parents to help Cinnamon talk, a scary yet majestic tiger appears to try his hand in the matter.  This…

Claude on the Slopes

Claude on the Slopes is Alex T Smith’s sixth addition to the Claude series. In keeping with previous tales, the story follows the adventures of the two main characters – Claude the dog and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, who are here introduced to a new meteorological phenomenon – snow. Both Claude and Sir Bobblysock are dumbstruck…

Colour Me: Who’s in the Ocean?

At first glance, this bath book seems like any other, black and white drawings of sea animals with one or two words on each soft page. But take this book into a warm bath and watch it transform before your eyes! In a matter of seconds, the monochrome images become multicoloured pictures of marine creatures…

Come All You Little Persons

Nature and cosy nurture meet in happy harmony in this evocatively written and beautifully illustrated invitation to enjoy the natural world. Capturing the elements, the seasons, animal life, bird life, and the wide-eyed variety that the universe offers, everyone is warmly welcomed to explore – both by the gentle rhymes and rhythm of the text,…

Comet the Fairy Dog

‘This book is about me,’ Comet the fairy dog tells the reader/listener. It is the story of his life as a puppy and his adventures as he grows up and must leave his mother to find a home of his own in the very large garden where they both live. He tells us that he…

Cow

Cow is a hymn to the bovine life. Each page opening shows a double spread capturing a pastoral landscape inhabited by cows. Doyle’s words are concise and directly address Cow, describing her day, beginning in the fields before the first milking to the fall of night. Rinaldi’s oil on canvas hyper-realistic paintings take the viewer…

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

The beauty of the artwork in this book reflects the tradition in Islamic art of evoking the sacred through pattern and shape. Each page turn leads us to a world of discovery. There is a mixture of painted and digital elements that merge wonderfully. At the end of the book we are told that each…

Crispin and the Best Birthday Surprise Ever

Crispin Tamworth is a pig with unimaginative parents who spoil him rotten, particularly on his birthday. There is an Orwellian quality to this book where the author uses a piggy profile to promote excess and the sloth of people who have too much money and too little sense. It seems more a picturebook for adults…

Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All!

Boastful Croc climbs faster than Mountain Goat, hops higher than Kangaroo and swings with more ease than Orang-utan. But the determined hero of this book, the gawky Donkey, eventually finds something he and his friends do better than this bragging Croc! The quirky simplicity of Sean Taylor’s language and Hannah Shaw’s illustrations make it easy…

Crogaillín

Leabhar mistéireach, samhlaíoch é Crogaillín a chothaíonn atmaisféar draíochtúil ar gach leathanach. Baineann an leabhar leis an ngaol idir Crogaillín agus a mhamaí agus osclaíonn an scéal ar nóta greannmhar le Crogaillín ag ní a chuid fiacla! Tá súil Chrogaillín ar an saol mór timpeall air agus ar na hiontais atá ann. Níl dabht ach…

Cuil Bheag Óg

Sa leabhar seo feicimid an chuil bheag óg ag eitilt thart agus é ag cur isteach ar na hainmhithe móra. Suíonn sé ar shrón na heilifinte, ar chluas an dobhareich agus ar lapa an tíogair. Cé go bhfuil sé beag bídeach níl faitíos ar bith ar an gcuil bheag óg. Tá na hainmhithe móra ag…

Cycle City

Welcome to Cycle City, where the bicycle is king of the road! The Starlight Parade is due to begin in a matter of hours, but the parade committee of pigs still have invitations to deliver and have yet to appoint a grand marshal! Follow the trail of Mayor Snail and the rest of the animals…

D is for Duck

D is for Duck is an adventurous alphabet book filled to the brim with charming magic. This is an exciting alphabet story where a clever little Duck is proud to show off his magic skills while taking us through the ABCs. However, his magic tricks don’t always go to plan, especially when Duck leaves his…

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…

Dave’s Cave

Dave’s Cave tells the story – in Cave man speak – of Dave and his search for the perfect home. While Dave is happy with the cave he already lives in, it has nice green grass, comfy rocks and good friends nearby, he still feels something is missing. He very sensibly puts out his campfire…

Dino Duckling

In a little nest, some eggs begin to crack open. 1, 2, 3 little ducklings emerge and with a bang, one dinosaur duckling crashes out. Little Dino Duckling worries that he is different to the others, but Mama Duck is full of wise words to reassure him. In this feathered family Dino Duckling learns all…

Does Anybody Love Me?

This running-away story about a little girl called Charlie will appeal to every adventurous child, and every child whose marvellous creations and imaginative games are sometimes unappreciated by adults. It is told through a series of full-colour, fullpage illustrations on the right-hand page, with text and motif illustrations on the left. Big, bold, textured brush-strokes…

Dog on Stilts

The publisher of Dog on Stilts, digitalleaf, was established in 2011 with the remit of ‘seeking to establish digital storytelling formats that contribute positively to children’s entertainment and educational needs’. But, as they admit on their website, they couldn’t resist the lure of the printed book. Dog on Stilts neatly underlines the dichotomy between digital…

Dog’s Colourful Day

This is an explicitly educational book aimed at the pre-school market. Dog, who begins the day as a white dog with a single black spot on his left ear, gets himself into such a mess that by bathtime he has ten spots of different colours. The book works well for the teaching of colours and…

Doing the Animal Bop

  ‘If you like to dance and you sometimes sing, why don’t you do the animal thing?’ This is a simple and fun rhyming book with bright-animated illustrations, which suggest a lot of movement. Each page has a clever rhyme with a cheerful-looking animal dancing. The text is short and easy to read with emphasis…


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