The perfect bed-time story for all those who hate the dark. Zhazha the porcupine and Duoduo the bear cub live in the DARK MUSHROOM FOREST. They are scared of the night. Awu the elephant arrives in the forest. Awu loves to eat darkness.He sucks it right up his trunk. ‘It’s yummier than bananas, crunchier than bamboo,’ says Awu.’And it’s got my name on it.’
Times Children’s Book of the Week Nov 17 2018
A wickedly funny modern cautionary tale from Emma Chichester Clark, the highly regarded, award-winning creator of Blue Kangaroo.
Wickedly irreverent, this stylish and contemporary take on t ]he cautionary tale is perfect for fans of Eloise and Madeline.
Prepare to fall absolutely in love with this irresistible cookie, crumbly chocolate chips and all. OH NO! Barbra the cactus won’t stop playing her recorder, the yummy strawberry toothpaste has run out, and now – to top it all off – Cookie has to have his hair cut! Which all makes for one VERY ANGRY little cookie… But perhaps you, the reader, can find a way to turn his grumpy frown upside down? This is a wildly inventive, interactive, laugh-out-loud tale brings Laura Dockrill’s one-of-a-kind voice and Maria Karipidou’s hilarious illustrations to the Walker list.
“Both beautiful and irreverent, this mixture of text and comic strip details the goddess’s birth from her father’s head… and her career as sponsor of Athens, helper of Perseus and guide of Odyseus.”
Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
A full-colour gift book of ten darkly-comic and hilarious cautionary tales by Astrosaurs author Steve Cole, illustrated by Tim Archbold.
In these delightfully humorous tales of a decidedly blackish hue, ten follysome toads can never change their beastly habits despite the efforts of goodly witch Madame Rana who reminds them ‘It’s never too late to change.’
Welcome to The Ink House, an artist’s mysterious mansion, built on a magical pool of ink that inspires creativity in anyone who lives there. When the artist goes adventuring, animals great and small arrive for the Annual Ink House Extravaganza. The party is about to begin… Featuring a cast of loveable characters and discoveries on every page, this exquisitely inked picture book by acclaimed artist Rory Dobner will surprise and delight readers of all ages..
This entrancing contemporary fairy tale is brought gloriously to life by Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Jane Ray.
“Jane Ray’s jewel-bright illustrations shine like the flourishes of an illuminated manuscript in Saviour Pirotta’s The Unicorn Prince, featuring a crumbling castle, a dauntless heroine, industrious fairies and an enchanted prince. Gorgeous gowns, wild dreams, transformations and galloping moonlit freedom are also thrown into the mix.” Guardian
Recommended in The Guardian roundup 27 October 2018
Translated from the German by Sally-Ann Spencer.
When the King bans the dark completely, installing an artificial sun, and enforcing “anti-dark” laws, it seems like a good idea. The citizens don’t need to worry about any of the scary things that might live in the dark.
But what happens when nobody can sleep, and the citizens revolt? Will the King face his fears and turn the lights off?
The King Who Banned the Dark is a beautiful and thought-provoking story about how we need the dark in order to enjoy the light.
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, 28 October 2018
“Pitzorno, one of Italy’s most garlanded children’s authors, is also known as ‘the Italian Roald Dahl’.” Nicolette Jones