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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 Stone Sat Still

A stone can seem an unlikely topic for a picturebook – no sentient being, the stone, ‘is there, and sat still.’ Yet, it holds meaning for the many creatures which come across it: as seasons move on, bugs, furry mammals and many species, big and small, find significance in this simple stone, as a home,…

Captain Rosalie

Ever since her father left for the war, Rosalie is on a mission. Sitting at the back of a classroom of older boys she has been exceptionally allowed in, the five-year-old is focusing on the blackboard, trying to teach herself how to read. Letters are the only tie she has left to her father, and…

In the City

The city is a place full of noises, sounds, smells… a bustling haven for the senses, and the present picturebook by Dominika Lipniewska conveys this idea most perfectly! Here, geometrical shapes and primary colours come together to pay tribute to the beauty of life in the city. Page by page, as the urban day unfolds,…

Not Without My Tractor!

Moving is a big change enough, so when the child at the center of this story is told that, on top of it all, he cannot bring his ‘mate, bestie and right-hand man’ tractor along to his new city house, it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back: you would have to be crazy to…

Once Upon a Rhythm: The Story of Music

From the hums and stomps of African music to the strings of the classical orchestra and booms of speakers at rock and roll gigs, Once Upon a Rhythm traces the history of music through time and across nations. Most fittingly, James Cartee chooses rhyme to tell this musical tale, and makes of this picturebook a…

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…

Suffragette: The Battle For Equality

At the occasion of the centenary of women’s vote in the United Kingdom, David Robert’s prose and illustrations come together beautifully in a tribute to the women and men who participated in the struggle. Starting in 1832 with the first Great People’s Reform Act, Suffragette records chronologically the important events leading up to Universal Suffrage.…

The Night-Time Cat and the Plump Grey Mouse, At Trinity College Tale

If you thought that schools go all quiet at night, once its students have left, Erika McGann’s tale will prove you most wrong: in this picturebook, the corridors of Trinity College are not only the stage of a chasing game between a hungry cat and a cheeky mouse, they are also full of (friendly) ghosts…

The Rescue of Bunny Wunny

Ever since she was born, Imelda has clung unto her favourite toy: Bunny Wunny. But the love she gives her “precious toy” is a tough one and for better or for worse – mostly worse in this case ­– the poor stuffed rabbit follows wherever she goes. Until one day, Bunny Wunny has had enough…

The Surface Breaks

Louise O’Neill’s reimagining of the Little Mermaid goes past the fairytale filter most of us have inherited from the 1990s cartoon and restores the original grit (and sometimes downright sinister touch) of Andersen’s original tale. The premise is the same: Gaia doesn’t fit in her father’s kingdom and dreams of escaping to the world beyond…

Treasure Hunt House

On a sunny Tuesday in October, a brother and a sister receive a mysterious letter by their great-aunt Martha: an invitation to visit her. However, upon arriving at the house, Martha is not there. Instead, the children are led by the housekeeper in a treasure hunt that takes them throughout the house. The plot of…

TWINS

What happens when monkey twins meet? What about this couple of birds? And that pair of whales? Well, that’s for the reader to decide! Part storytelling, part activity book, Dhawni Shah and Bhaddu Hamir’s TWINS gives free rein to its readers’ imagination and provides a beautiful and smart template for their stories to take shape.…

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