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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…

Balderdash!

Balderdash! tells the story of the first man to pioneer children’s literature as a category in its own right. In 18th-century London, children’s books were either morally improving fables to be read to children like sermons or codes of behaviour for parents and educators. John Newbery had the innovative idea that children would enjoy reading…

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…

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…

Farewell Floppy

The child protagonist in this sophisticated picturebook from French author-illustrator Benjamin Chaud decides he is too old for his rabbit and in a narrative that echoes Hansel and Gretel he takes it into the woods, attempts lose it, and eventually leaves it tied to a tree. The atmosphere, admirably reflected in the stylish illustrations is dark…

Fox and Chick: The Party and Other Stories

Fox and Chick have many adventures together. Fox and Chick are funny and have fun. Fox and Chick do not always agree. But nevertheless, Fox and Chick are always friends. The Party and Other Stories features a classic odd couple made up of a patient, if somewhat exasperated, Fox and a lively but perhaps occasionally…

Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon; we all recognise her torch, crown and book. But have you ever noticed her foot, particularly her right foot? This is a clever, funny and interesting take on how the Statue of Liberty was first designed and built in France, and then how she came to arrive…

Loon Lake

A beautifully presented book telling the story of the loon – or is it trying to explore the relationship between a father and his daughter? – or it is an implicit, perhaps even explicit, tale of conservation? And this is my problem with this book – I am not sure what it is trying to…

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…

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…

Wave

Award-winning artist Suzy Lee has taken the time-old theme of friendship and injected it with new life in this unique and wordless picturebook. She uses just a bold blue colour and simple charcoal lines bursting with confidence to tell the story of a young girl visiting the seaside who begins the most wonderful exchange with…

Welcome To My House, A Collection of First Words

This a delightful catalogue of the most common (and some less common) items that you find in a house. You have everything for sitting on, everything that brightens, and everything for cooling down, amongst many other such headings. But it is far more than an illustrated catalogue. It has a mysterious narrator. ‘My name is…


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