This debut novel from US cartoonist Terri Libenson continues the launch of Puffin’s colour-illustrated fiction programme and follows two girls who could not seem more different: shy, observant, wallflower Emmie; and loud, popular, cheery Katie. What both girls do have in common are their strong feelings for the same boy, Tyler Ross. Then Emmie’s very private, very embarrassing scribbles fall into the wrong hands …
The second title in this dramatic adventure sequence. Sky’s life has changed dramatically since fleeing the underground compound where she grew up. She and her friends are now hunted by dinosaurs and pursued by deadly enemies. A map left by her missing father seems to be the best chance of survival.
Find out more about the author and the series here: https://lauramartinbooks.com
One of the first titles published by a new list from New Frontier Publishing, this is certainly a quality production – very well illustrated and designed with varying and well-judged quantities of words on each page. A great title for budding archaeologists wth a charming kit list on the back end papers.
Published to coincide with Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday and based on a little known story about the singer and Marilyn Monroe.
ACHUKA likes this book a lot!
Oh, this is a wonderful picture book collaboration between Toronto-based writer Kyo Maclear and Montreal-based illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. Originally published in Canada some five years ago by Kids Can Press, this is surely a smart selection by Bristol-based indie publisher Book Island, who specialise in sourcing beautifully illustrated, high-quality picture books from around the world. The charming story of one sister trying to coax her sibling out of the doldrums has both child and adult appeal and should sell particularly well at Monk’s House, Charleston and galleries with a Bloomsbury connection.
Beautifully produced, it’s an ACHUKA favourite for sure.
This is rather cool! A continuous illustration, showing all that lies beneath the street’s surface, opens concertina fashion and can be laid out flat upon the floor (it extends for 2.5 metres), or examined two pages at a time in conventional picture book spread fashion.
Two new editions to this excellent series of illustrated biographies for young readers, beautifully page-designed and printed. Each book contains a timeline at the back.
Highly recommended non-fiction for the younger primary age groups (Y1-Y4) and must-have titles for school libraries. To be appreciated for the artwork as much as the information.
A picture book highlight from 2016 fro Rob Biddulph whose book Blown Away was a Waterstones Children’s Book prize winner. Here he celebrates being different with a rhyming text accompanied by illustrations that will appeal to young eyes having the book read to them.
The hardback of this title was published in 2013 and the paperback in 2014. Highly recommended (while it’s still available) as a wintry tale with stunning illustrations by Grahame Baker-Smith.
[Waterstones have it in stock and there’s still (just)time to order online for Christmas.]
written by Lisbeth Kaiser
illustrated by Leire Salaberria
written by M Isabel Sanchez Vegara
illustrated by Mariadiamantes
Two excellent new additions to this series which includes a title by Coco Chanel. Although different illustrators and writers are used there is a pleasing uniformity to these well-designed medium sized picture information books. Particularly striking is the black canvas spine with bold white writing.
Each book ends with a timeline and additional biographical information. Highly recommended for primary school libraries or as gifts.