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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…

Emmett and Caleb

This quirky tale tells the story of the strong friendship between the two principal characters of the book, Emmett and Caleb.  While the friendship has its ups and downs over the course of the story, it generally remains solid and firm. The narrative is divided into four chapters that mirror the seasons of the year.…

Hot Air

Despite it’s title, Hot Air may go down like a lead balloon with many young readers. Global warming is undeniably an issue that we all have to grapple with, and the younger we educate children about caring for their planet, the better, but it’s a difficult task to achieve in a picturebook, and one that Dumas Roy…

I Have the Right to Be a Child

With worldwide austerity programmes resulting in cutbacks to services for young and old alike, this picture-book, endorsed by Amnesty International UK, is a timely reminder that all humans are born with certain inalienable rights. As explained on the dust jacket, those for children are outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, agreed…

It’s My Pond

It’s My Pond is the latest book from French author and illustrator Claire Garralon and has been translated into English by Sarah Ardizonne for Book Island, who specialise in translated picturebooks. In it, yellow duck stumbles upon a nice pond and claims it as her own. She is joined by white duck who also thinks…

Little Red Hood

Been there?   Done that?   Think again.  This is a very different retelling of the classic tale, one that does not shy away from its cruelty and awfulness, but embraces both through plot, graphic style and text. One wolf, one girl, two pencils, no décor to speak of, no props apart from the strictly indispensable or highly symbolic.  …

Vango

Vango is a handsomely produced hardback, and the striking cover depicting a figure running over Parisian rooftops with a Graf Zeppelin overhead introduces several plot strands. It is typeset in Perpetua, and the font size is large and comfortable to read. Fans ofToby Alone will attest to the fact that Timothée de Fombelle excels at creating…

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