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A Moment In Time

A Moment In Time is beautiful and inventive, but a little challenging to use. Described as a perpetual atlas, it claims that the reader can discover what the whole world is doing at exactly the same time. Well, sort of. The unusual layout allows you to compare 6am in one place with 6am in another…

A River

A young girl gazes out of her bedroom window, imagining herself journeying down a meandering river. The reader follows her little sailboat through dramatic landscapes, exploring cityscapes, farmlands and wilderness. As the scenes shift, the river also makes numerous transformations, from a languid stream to a cascading waterfall, eventually expanding into a swelling sea. Readers…

An Animal ABC

A gorgeous book that should be on every child’s bookshelf, An Animal ABC is far more than an illustrated alphabet featuring animals. This encyclopaedic book is lavishly illustrated by Pattullo using meticulous screen-prints in glorious colours. The publishers’ note tells us that Pattullo painstakingly hand printed the images on each page. Children will adore the…

April the Red Goldfish

April is a red, a very red goldfish with a philosophical fibre and great expectations. Life in the fish bowl, all by herself after the death of her ‘aquaholic’ parents, is definitely not for her. Oscillating between determination and despair, April will need all her courage and cunning to escape her fate and avoid being…

Brer Rabbit Retold

In 1880 Joel Chandler Harris, an American folklorist, published Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings; The Folklore of the Old Plantation. The stories, featuring Brer Rabbit and other creatures, had their roots in oral Afro-Caribbean folktales that had been retold and embellished by slaves in southern USA. Flowers, who grew up listening to these…

Clotty Malotty and All Her Friends

This collection of old and new rhymes is the result of a series of workshops conducted over a six-week period. It was compiled, illustrated, edited and designed by children from the Tuesday Reading Club in St Joseph’s Girls’ National School in Finglas West, who were supported by personnel from Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and Barnardos/TESO…

Finger Print (Monsters and Dragons and 100 Other Adventurous Creatures)

Finger Print is a comprehensive guide on how to make a variety of creatures and monsters through fingerprints. The instructions are clear and there are very readable graphics showing the lines, squiggles or dots needed to complete each character. And these simple lines really transform the fingerprints into an amazingly expressive array of animals and…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I will go out on a limb here, and suggest that it’s not the story, in this case, that requires a review. And so I will move directly on to the product itself. The job of illustrating Harry Potter would be, in equal parts, a dream and a nightmare for most artists. None would turn…

Historopedia

After the outstanding success of their first collaboration, Irelandopedia, the talented father-and-daughter team, Fatti and John Burke are back with another gorgeous hardback. Historopedia charts 10,000 years of the story of Ireland. Beginning with the Middle Stone Age and moving right through to the Sixties, this is an impressive piece of time-travel through years of…

I Have an Idea!

In I have an Idea, we stop and consider the idea of an idea. In his quest to make this intangible thing tangible, Tullet takes a Cubist approach – looking sideways at the concept from all sorts of angles. We consider the feeling we get when we have an idea, the process we go through…

King Baby

Kate Beaton’s latest picturebook is a humourous treatment of the constant attention newborn babies need from their caretakers, told from the point of view of the exalted King Baby himself. King Baby has many demands, offering his adult subjects ‘smiles and laughs and kisses’ as a reward for carrying out his orders (‘FEED ME! BURP…

Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders

Migrations, Open Hearts, Open Borders is a capsule collection of illustrated postcards from artists who wished to express their support for migrants and refugees. The original idea was that illustrators the world over would send a postcard illustrated with a bird and a few words of encouragement to a central address, thus physically creating a…

Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature

‘Discover why the natural world is worthy of your unending curiosity’ says the Editor’s Note in this gorgeous book, which will certainly satisfy the curiosity of all the family. The large format is packed with information on animals, plants and natural habitats and is beautifully illustrated. The book is organised into 67 Charts, most of…

Red Rover, Red Rover!: Games from an Irish Childhood (That You Can Teach Your Kids)

Remember knocking on a friend’s door and asking if they can come out to play? Remember hours upon hours spent outside playing Tip the Can, Donkey, and Conkers? Or the endless entertainment of playing Dots and Boxes in the back of a homework journal? If you do, then this charming guide to childhood games will…

Shapes Colours Numbers

Shapes Colours Numbers is a silent, ritualistic, revelatory book. Created by Dario Zeruto, a Cuban artist trained in mechanical engineering, the book-object plays with the very idea of its materiality. With great ceremony we open the book; first we remove the sleeve, then open a page right-left, which reveals the sole sentence of the book…

Welcome: a Mo Willems guide for new arrivals

Billed as a guide for new babies, Welcome is really a love letter to storytime. There is something for everyone inside: for babies there’s a mirror page, clear illustrations and lots of repetition; for adults there’s complex humour and lots of feelings; for older siblings there’s a poo joke. It’s this sort of family reading,…

What a Wonderful Word

What a Wonderful Word is a wonderful book for word-lovers of all ages. It presents a collection of words from all over the world which have no direct translation in English, and yet they all describe situations that readers will easily understand. But these words aren’t only succinct labels for different lived experiences; they also…

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