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A Mouse Called Julian

Julian is what you could call a creature of habits, or be precise, a mouse of habits! From his little crawl spot, far from the dangerous outside world and away from all the other underground inhabitants, he lives a peaceful and well-ordered life. That is, until a fox decides to have Julian for dinner… Yet,…

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…

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…

Ancient Wonders

No one knows who decided on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But centuries of historians, poets and philosophers have written thrilling accounts of their magnificence which have left us yearning to know more about their great mysteries. How was the Great Pyramid at Giza constructed? Did the mystical Hanging Gardens of Babylon actually…

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…

Arthur and the Golden Rope

Within the Brownstone vault lie multiple treasures collected over thousands of years by that enterprising and adventurous family. But the most astounding treasure is the collection of books written by Brownstones through the ages, a collection which is sure to inspire an echoing series of Flying Eye books. This very first book is the incredible…

How Many Legs? A Counting Book

How Many Legs? is a quirky, retro-style, colourful counting book. Beautifully presented with stitch binding, thick paper and a sturdy cover, this mini-hardback is perfect for little hands! Spitzer uses a limited palette of yellow, red, turquoise, brown and green to great effect. The vivid, dream-like images of unicorns, mermaids, monsters and gnomes, to name…

I Like Animals

This is a ‘remaster’ of a children’s picture book originally published by A. Knopfin 1960. According to the flyleaf notes, Ipcar’s original lithographic plates, which have been lost, were painstakingly digitally reproduced for the new edition. Flying Eye Books is a London-based children’s publisher featuring very high visual design and production values, and these values…

Jumble Wood

Emotions can be big things for little children, and this gentle book seeks to make sense of them through a simple tale about Pod. This little creature finds that unlike the others around her she can’t quite grasp what would make her happy. What follows is a search for the ‘hard-to-find thing’ called joy. Pod’s…

Leaf

Crow spots a ‘strange white creature’ floating towards the shore on a piece of ice. As the beast makes home in a nearby cave, the surrounding forest animals try to make sense of the new arrival. The majority feel frightened and threatened, and the creature’s odd leaf-collecting habit only deepens their suspicions. As the creature…

Mad About Monkeys

Owen Davey is mad about monkeys, and by the end of this beautiful non-fiction book so will you be. Lovingly designed and illustrated, this encyclopaedia primer will introduce you to the most fascinating of our cousins from around the world and teach you how to tell them apart.   I have grown up watching David…

Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx (Brownstone’s Mythical Collection)

Marcy finds it hard to believe that the tales of adventure and exploration told to her by her father Arthur are anything more than just that – exciting stories. She just can’t see how her slightly portly dad could be that brave, especially when the creatures from her dad’s amazing adventures fill the shadows at…

Mountains of the World

How are mountains made? Does the Yeti exist? Who is the world’s most famous mountaineer? Get ready for the answers to these and many more questions in Dieter Braun’s stylish celebration of the world’s mountains. From the Alps to the Andes, Everest to Uluru, this comprehensive exploration of some of the highest places on Earth,…

Mr Tweed’s Good Deeds

Flying Eye Books, and their ‘parent’ NoBrow, make beautiful objects out of books. Nothing passes through their presses that isn’t lovingly crafted. The weight and texture of the paper, the colourful, perfectly rigid covers (always beautifully designed and illustrated) combine in each instance to make a treasure-tome to be cherished. That is their raison d’etre:…

My Very Own Space

Award-winning, bestselling author Pippa Goodhart explores the idea of personal space and sharing in My Very Own Space. We are introduced to a little bunny that just can’t seem to find a quiet corner to read his book. This idea of having a space of our own is something that most people, if certainly not…

No Such Thing

Ella Bailey's debut picturebook No Such Thing is a beautiful thing. The illustrations are playful, charming and executed in a retro fifties style which is instantly appealing and also very 'now'. As an overall product, this picturebook is printed on quality paper and all the detail included from cover to endpapers, works in harmony. Visually,…

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

Professor Astro Cat is back for another exciting adventure. This time he is embarking on a tour of the solar system with his friends. The reader is invited too, and Professor Astro Cat speaks directly to the child in big speech bubbles. Through advice and encouragement offered along the way, the reader is easily engaged.…

Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure

In this book Professor Astro Cat takes us with him and his pet mouse on a fascinating atomic adventure into the world of physics. From gravity to molecules to nuclear physics this is a stimulating non-fiction book for anyone interested in the world we live in, especially any young scientists fascinated by facts and knowledge.…

Skyward (The Story of Female Pilots in WWII)

Hazel has been raised in San Francisco, Marlene, in the English countryside and Lilya spent her childhood in a small town in Russia. Separated by thousands of kilometers, those three young women have a passion in common: planes, and the sense of freedom that flying allows. Not easy if you were born at a time…

Tales from the Hidden Valley: Under the Water

Having brought his readers through autumn, winter and spring in the Hidden Valley, illustrator and writer Carles Porta now presents us with a story about summer, as all our old friends return for another instalment in this inventive and charming series of modern-day folktales. Told with a distinctive style that resonates within the idea of…

The Secret of Black Rock

Erin loves the sea and longs to be able to go out with her mother on her fishing boat. Erin’s fishing town lives under the shadow of dark legend, however, and no one, least of all her mother, is going to let her go out to sea. Unable to suppress her curiosity any longer, Erin…

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

This is a difficult book to review. It has all the visual quality you can expect from the guys at NoBrow: beautiful retro illustrated spreads, almost no text to get in the middle of that visual feast. It is gorgeous. But the question is, does it work as a book? The whole book revolves around…

Under The Canopy: Trees Around the World

Trees have long been considered nearly sacred, as they provide food, medicine, shelter, shade, natural materials and, most importantly, oxygen. More than just nature-lovers and tree-huggers will be happy with what lies beneath the unnaturally bright cover of Under the Canopy: Trees Around the World. The layout of this book is similar to a lot…

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