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3.2.1 GO!

3.2.1 GO! is like no other counting book for young children around just now. In this animal Olympics, we see 5 pandas practising martial arts, a fox on the tennis court with 16 spare sweatbands and 8 monkeys doing what they do best – swinging between the rings in the gymnasium. From 1 up to…

A History of Pictures for Children

Based on their bestselling A History of Pictures, artist David Hockney and art critic Martin Gayford discuss the development of pictures from cave paintings to the computer screen. Hockney’s voice is that of an artist reflecting on how artists created their work, while Gayford supplies plenty of solid information about the development of visual media…

ABZZZ…A Bedtime Alphabet

This Bedtime Alphabet was originally published by Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing house whose aim is to produce books where text and image combine to create a unique outcome. This idea of harmony and balance through interconnection resonates throughout this picturebook. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different mediation on the idea…

Explore!

This is a solid, well researched, differentiated information book. The explorers (24 in all, 3 female) are grouped according to their spheres of exploration: polar, ocean, land, desert, sky and new frontiers (outer space and underwater).They range chronologically from Marco Polo to Ranulph Fiennes. Each explorer is carefully introduced with a snappy summary of their…

Megalopolis: And the Visitor from Outer Space

An alien lands, explores the city, has a party, (almost) dies, is resurrected at its funeral by a mermaid and lives happily ever after . Megalopolis is not your average picturebook. A vertical book, it unfolds downwards to over 3 meters in length of gorgeous heavy card. This isn’t a bedtime story, it sits somewhere…

Mice in the City: New York

In this unique introduction to some of New York’s most renowned buildings, parks and sights, Ami Shin takes us on a journey through a city run by mice. Instead of watching people flock to these sights, we see tiny mice toasting champagne in the Chrysler Building, driving subway trains under Central Park, and sailing past…

My Worst Book Ever!

This entertaining book gives the reader a real, first-hand insight into how NOT to make a picturebook. Allan Ahlberg fancies that he has a great idea for a picturebook, all about a happy family and their adventures with a snappy crocodile. Unfortunately, every effort he makes to write his story is thwarted, either by coffee-splashing…

Racing Driver: How to Drive Racing Cars Step by Step

So you think you have what it takes to be a racing driver? Then let’s get motoring! Covering all things race-car related, from basic go-karting to complex Formula 1, this action-packed book is bursting with facts about the sport, including a step-by-step guide on how to become a professional racer. Here you can first learn…

The Big Book of Beasts

Zommer’s book is a treasure-trove of beastly facts. Have you ever wondered why wolves howl at the moon or why tigers have stripes? This book will give you all the answers. Not only are the illustrations detailed, showing such things as animal footprints and fur patterns, but they are also incredibly expressive, imaginatively showing the…

The Big Book of Bugs

Beetles, ladybirds, butterflies, termites, bees and dragonflies are but a few of the creepy-crawlies that spill from the pages of The Big Book of Bugs. This gorgeous non-fiction first guide to flying, stinging and wriggling things explores their natural environments and answers any bug questions young kids might have. Those range from practical interrogations like…

The Fox On The Swing

The Fox on the Swing, with its shimmering stars on the cover, is a wonderfully written and delightfully illustrated treat of a picturebook. The story, which begins with a tree, is a bit mad cap but is incredibly entertaining. It follows a very observant boy, Paul, who lives on the edge of a pretty park…

We Are Artists

Kari Herbert has published a bold manifesto for young and old. She declares that there are no rules in art and she demands that the artist be brave, stand tall and make their mark. She goes on to celebrate the power of creativity by showcasing the work of fifteen remarkable international artists. We Are Artists…

Why is art full of naked people?

This is a book about questions, most of which are explored as comprehensively as one would expect in a primer. The question in the title, however, is more or less dismissed. Hodge introduces a huge variety of artistic styles and concepts, skilfully and engagingly. There is a diverse cast of artists and critical thinking is…

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