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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Humpty Dumpty is a name known worldwide – in France he is Boule Boule, in Norway Lille Trille and in Germany he goes under the guise of Humpelken-Pumpelken. (I wish I was making this up.) But every country, even if they can’t agree on his name, agrees on one thing – Humpty could not be…

All Kinds of Cars

Carl Johanson is a Swedish illustrator who lives and works in Bretagne, France, and this beautiful book was first published in Frenchunder the title Le Catalogue des Voitures. It certainly does resemble a catalogue – the vehicles presented within are broken down into sections of farm vehicles, airport vehicles, emergency vehicles, etc. – but instead…

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…

Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate is the first instalment in the Murder Can be Fatalcomic-book series by Alan Nolan. It's a good old-fashioned whodunit that follows the bumbling Swiss detective, Marcel Petit-Pois, and his long-suffering sidekick Tesla, the second smartest chimp in Europe, on an international manhunt. The pair are on the tail of a mysterious killer, The Chocolatier,…

Grumpy Frog

Ed Vere is a British author and illustrator and is the creator of one of my all-time favourite picturebooks, Mr Big. I’m a sucker for hat-wearing gorillas who love jazz. Vere’s latest book, Grumpy Frog, tells the story of a bright green frog who is definitely NOT grumpy. Grumpy Frog loves two things best: being…

I Dare You

Two bored gorillas are playing a game of dares. As the game progresses, the gorillas dare each other to eat bigger and more outrageous items, including bugs, birds, rock and trees, until they reach the ultimate, icky dénouement. Then the game starts over again. Reminiscent of the old nursery rhyme about the old lady who…

Ice Boy

David Ezra Stein is the Brooklyn-born illustrator and author of many award-winning books including the delightful Interrupting Chicken, winner of a 2011 Caldecott Honor. With Ice Boy, David Ezra Stein tells the story of an ice cube who dreams of leaving the freezer where he lives both with his mum and dad, and with the…

In Blossom

On a sun twinkling day, on a park bench surrounded by swaying, whispering cherry blossom trees, Cat sings a song as she sits to eat her sushi picnic. She is joined by Dog, who sits beside her to read a book. They sit in polite, respectful silence until a single petal, blown by the breeze,…

Life on Mars

An astronaut sets off all alone to Mars to prove that there is life there. Everybody at home thinks he’s crazy, nobody believes there’s life on the Red Planet, but the astronaut is so sure he will find something – anything – that he brings a wrapped box of chocolate cupcakes as a present. Surely…

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…

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…

Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo

Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo is the latest offering from author and illustrator Alan Nolan. Some readers will need no introduction to our heroine Sam, as this is the second full-length instalment of the Sam Hannigan series. Animal lover Sam Hannigan lives in Clobberstown, Co Dublin with her brother Bruno and their granny, the…

Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week

Sam Hannigan and her friend Ajay love animals. When Sam’s next-door neighbour is cruel to his dog Barker, she uses her grandad’s invention, the Brain Swap 3000, to inhabit Barker’s body and give the dastardly neighbour a fright he’ll never forget. All goes according to plan – until the Brain Swap 3000 runs out of…

SPLAT!

Jon Burgerman is best known for his doodle-based urban art which spans a multitude of disciplines including canvases, large-scale murals, sculpture, toys, apparel, design, print and even people – as permanent tattoos and slightly less permanent (and hugely less mum/life-partner worrying) drawings. His doodles are unique, colourful, kid-friendly and instantly recognisable, so it’s no surprise…

The Antlered Ship

Marco is a small fox with a lot of questions – why do some songs make you happy? Why do some make you sad? Why don’t trees talk? How deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? When the Antlered Ship arrives, Marco joins its crew of deer and pigeons on a…

The Bad Mood and the Stick

Marco is a small fox with a lot of questions – why do some songs make you happy? Why do some make you sad? Why don’t trees talk? How deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? When the Antlered Ship arrives, Marco joins its crew of deer and pigeons on a…

The Big Break Detectives Casebook

From the author of the popular Murder Can Be Fatal graphic novel series, this collection of four short mysteries is tied together in the journal of Little Tom Conway. Together with his sister Kate and friend Danny, they figure out mysteries and catch villains in the thirty minutes of their school big break. This is a well-produced…

The Fearless Five

A group of five schoolchildren have just finished sixth class and are looking forward to their hazy, lazy summer holidays; but their lives change forever when these pleasant, good natured, mild-mannered kids plan (of all things) a heist and manage to become the Most Wanted Kids In Ireland – the inimitable Fearless Five! You see,…

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 Parent Agency

In the time-worn manner of Ricky Gervais and the (admittedly brilliant) David Walliams, comedian David Baddiel has decided to throw his jester’s hat into the ring and write a children’s book. Baddiel is best known for his 1990s TV show The Mary Whitehouse Experience. He is also the author of four well-received novels.  The Parent…

The Phoenix Presents Jamie Smart’s Bunny Vs Monkey: Book One

One snowy day, a space bound Monkey crash lands in a forest, declares himself Supreme Emperor, and causes division amongst the woodland animals, invoking the (admittedly adorable) wrath of his soon-to-become arch nemesis, Bunny. We encounter characters such as the secretive Le Fox, Weenie the cupcake-crazy squirrel, the deliciously dim Piggy and the fiendishly clever…

The Red Dread

Beware The Red Dread! Anxiety and terror reign in the forest as word spreads about a loud-thumping something that has apparently eaten Rabbit, allegedly devoured Chicken, and seems to be relentlessly pursuing poor Mouse with a thump, thump, THUMP! But is the threat a clear and present danger, or is it just FAKE NEWS? A…

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…

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…

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