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Boa’s Bad Birthday

Every child has cried when they didn't get the present that they wanted, and every child has had to buy a present for a friend and wanted to buy them what THEY wanted instead of what their friend would want. This picture book is thus a really good story for illustrating the importance of putting…

Chicken Clicking

Andersen books always have a slight edge to them and this one is no exception. Here, Jeanne Willis introduces us to Chick, an adorable hatchling with a penchant for internet shopping and nocturnal break-ins. The narrative is rhyming and humorous, which is bound to cause a stir amongst listeners as Chick gets carried away ordering…

Dinosaur Scramble (Downtown Dinosaurs)

Dinosaur Scramble is the latest title in the Downtown Dinosaurs series by author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Arthur Robins. Our hero Darwin, a young stegosaurus, is delighted when his mother lays an egg as he has always wanted a brother or sister to play with. But mayhem ensues when mad Uncle Loops is left in charge…

Hippospotamus

The author / illustrator pairing of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross are responsible for dozens of great books for young children, including the hilarious 'Dr. Xargle's' series – and Hippospotamus continues the winning combination. It begins… 'Hippopotamus had a spotamus…on her bottomus' and continues with poor Potamus seeking advice from all her animal friends as to how…

Lucinda Belinda Melinda Mc Cool

Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool is a terrible creation, a horrible girl, a hateful person in a long line of disgusting characters in children’s literature. I love her. Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have made a wonderful book in the tradition of Roald Dahl and other irreverent wordsmiths. Lucinda Belinda Melinda is image-obsessed. She is perfectly…

Manky Monkey

The partnership of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross has done much to dispel the idea that picturebooks are only for the youngest children, and this title is another that will appeal to children up to 9 or 10. Ross’s bright and amusing illustrations perfectly complement the rhyming text and also make its meaning more explicit.…

Not Just a Book…

We all know that books are more than words and ink. They have the power to transport young minds to faraway places and help those dealing with stress find a safe place away from it all. But on a more practical level, the talented pairing of Willis and Ross show us in their latest offering…

Supercat Vs The Chip Thief

James’s cat Tiger is fat, lazy and boring. If only the tabby was a little more like his namesake, the comicbook hero Tigerman! Well James’s wish comes true because when Tiger accidentally swallows a chunk of a toxic sock, he is transformed into Supercat, a super-powered feline who can talk, fight, leap and is –…

The First Slodge

All alone in its own wonderful world, with all its beautiful treasures, the First Slodge is comfortable. But the rude awakening comes when she realises that the fruit which she eats, the sun which she sees setting in the evening, the fragrant flower that she can smell are all as much someone else’s as hers.…

Wild Child

Wild Child is the ‘very last child left in the wild’. The blurb urges readers to ‘follow her adventures in a magical prehistoric world and release the wild child in YOU’. The other children shown have been rounded up, put in zoos, made to do sums and wear sensible shoes, scrubbed, made to eat peas…

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