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Billy Button, Telegram Boy

It can be difficult for today’s tech-savvy children to imagine a world without smartphones, let alone a time before any telephones or computers. Sally Nicholl’s book does a good job of explaining how telegrams work to a young, modern audience. I’ll admit that reading the story prompted a half hour on YouTube investigating telegraph systems…

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…

Hedgehog Holidays

Ruth Green is a well-known printmaker based in Birmingham, UK. She produces wonderful, colourful silkscreen prints by hand that are inspired by mid-century patterns. She has published several books for children with Tate Publishing and her illustrations have a delightfully retro feel. The retro style works very well with the lovely rhyming story of two…

Life Is Magic

The famous magician, Monsieur Lapin, is holding auditions for the role of a new assistant without any luck, until Houdini the rabbit comes along. He turns out to be the perfect choice; he loves magic, looks after everyone, and ensures the show runs smoothly. One night, things go wrong, however. Yet Houdini is not daunted…

The Station Mouse

Maurice the mouse is the latest recruit to the station house team. He is an enthusiastic, diligent little worker, and happy to follow all the strict rules of the station until the day he sees a little passenger in need of his services. He breaks the strict rules but there are consequences to his actions……

Trees

Carmin Lemniscates is an award-winning author, illustrator and designer of children’s books based in Barcelona. Her mixed-media illustrations combine monotype, collage, woodcut and digital. In 2016, she won the prestigious Crítica Serra d’Or Award for Arbres. Trees was then published in English by Walker Studio in 2017. In this book, the graphic mixed-media illustrations are…

Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Rascal’s Revenge

Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Rascal’s Revenge takes place on Cooper Island, a map of which is provided by Tom Morgan-Jones, whose b/w illustrations both complement the text and hint at imminent plot developments. Fans of the series will know the background to the storyline, but for someone new to Wilma Tenderfoot the first…

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