A glorious alien Romeo & Juliet love story of alien folk, from the creators of The Gruffalo. The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest […]
The wishing stars burn bright tonight, the air is thick with dreams, And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up, it seems . . . In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen foraging on the beach. But she isn’t playing with children her own age. Instead Marianne is alone, and digging for […]
An action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun grandparents and grandchildren can have when their imaginations run wild. Waterstones No related posts.
From the multi award-winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George!, Shh! We Have a Plan and Goodnight Everyone comes a bold new picture book about building up the courage to try something new. “A heartwarming you-can-do-anything picture book” GUARDIAN Review Waterstones No related posts.
Kevin is a roly-poly flying pony. He has everything he needs – a constant supply of biscuits and his best friend, Max. Misty Twiglet is a famous pop star. She has everything she needs except for a perfectly quirky, one-of-a-kind pet. The roly-poly flying pony kind . . . When Kevin is kidnapped, Max and […]
A short graphic novel about cross-generational relationships for primary-aged children. Theme: dementia Helen Bate has a second graphic novel with the same publisher, Otter-Barry Books: Peter In Peril set in WWII. Waterstones No related posts.
This title arrived in the ACHUKA domain at the height of the August mid-month storm, which was rather fitting. I like it a lot. It does something that fewer and fewer picture books seem to do just at the moment – it tells a short story and isn’t afraid to use as many words as […]
New title from Fifi Kuo who is currently shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize with The Perfect Sofa. A colourful and airy celebration of drawing (in all its forms) for the very young. Waterstones Related posts: Pug-a-Doodle-Do! by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 17 Aug 2019 A funny, joyful story about friendship and the delights of outdoor adventures (even for the accident-prone) – wonderfully written by debut author Ben Manley and beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Plumdog and Blue Kangaroo. Waterstones No related posts.
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 27 July 2019 Mo Willems’ Pigeon is BACK in a hilarious story (the ninth of this addictive series) perfect for those about to start school or nursery. The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? […]
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 24 Aug 2019 I know what it’s like to be small in the city… Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don’t see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel […]
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 3 Aug 2019 Come and be schooled in magic and wonder by the award-winning Rob Biddulph, in this brand-new story about how biggest isn’t always best! Packed to the brim with his trademark warm humour, life lessons and pitch-perfect rhyme, this is a story to read together, laugh out […]
“A charming look at playground dynamics that evokes pre-schooler feelings of being excited and overwhelmed.” Imogen Russell Williams, GUARDIAN REVIEW Hello Friend! tells the story of one big-hearted and enthusiastic little girl who is insistent on making friends with a certain little boy. And why wouldn’t he want to be friends with her? She’s very […]
Clara has gone to the park, but there’s nobody to play with. She finds an umbrella on the ground and does a good deed by putting it on a bench. The umbrella says `thank you’ and invites Clara to make a wish. So unfolds a magical chain of events where kindness and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. […]
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 13 July 2019 A nail-biting adventure with a strong message about endangered animals and human intervention, and a wonderful partner to Ariki and the Giant Shark. Waterstones No related posts.
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week The final work from the irreplaceable Judith Kerr, The Curse of the School Rabbit is suffused with her distinctive good nature and sly mischief. The tale of a naughty bunny and their exasperated young handler pops with Kerr’s singular artwork and stands as a shining testament to her […]
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Wee, 21 July 2019 Bear and Hamster are perfectly content… until gadget-mad salesman, Sneaky Beak, arrives. But when they finally have it all, will Bear and Hamster really be happier? A hilarious story with an important message about the pitfalls of materialism. Waterstones No related posts.
All Of Us – A Young People’s History Of The World by Yvan Pommaux & Christophe Ylla-Somers ill. Yvan Pommaux tr. Anna Lehmann
Translated from the French (Nous, notre Histoire 2014) and now presented in The New York Review Children’s Collection, this history book is notable for taking a consciously inclusive approach, adopting a first person plural point of view, and assuming the voices of Romans, Sumerians and ancient prophets, underscoring the fact that every human being has […]
Hello and welcome to Ella May, the girl who likes to do things her way. In the first of this brilliant new series all about an imaginative, strong-willed girl character with her own ideas, Ella May tries walking backwards, just to see how it feels. In her bedroom she tries reading her books backwards, and […]
A charming story for 5-7 translated from Norwegian. The author works in Norway as a journalist, TV scriptwriter, photographer and blogger. This was her debut children’s book. Alfred is scared of red lights, thick duvets and fireworks. And of jumpers with tight necks. Preparing a class talk on the Blue Whale gives him courage and […]
A book about a group of tiny people who live in trees seems set, it seems, to be the start of a picture book series. At the edge of the woods, there is a great tree. Peep through the branches and you might just see some little people who stand as tall as your thumb […]
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, 30 June 2019 Harry in a Hurry is Timothy Knapman and Gemma Merino’s unique twist on the well-loved Aseop’s Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Harry the Hare is always in a hurry – he’s not even sure why! He eats fast and talks fast – and if […]