Marvin the sheep with the big appetite who made his first appearance in ‘Marvin Wanted More’ makes a second appearance in this picture book. Together with his friend Molly, Marvin happens upon a trees of big juicy apples. Despite the abundance of fruit that the tree is laden with, the very apple Marvin wants most lies tantalisingly out of reach.
Matilda Webb ill. Ian Benfold Haywood
The poetic diction of the book’s opening immediately locates the microcosm of the lilting ebb and flow of sea sounds and of the various comings and goings of lives lived along the harbour lines. At the heart of the book lies a nameless and homeless kitten whose desire for a place amongst peers forms the premise for the book.
“In my opinion fame is like a giant blue bubble… This blue bubble can quite suddenly come floating and shining towards you, showering you with glory. And it’s great being even a bit famous… But the thing is… this blue bubble of fame appears when it feels like it… But I know it can vanish in an instant…”
Gue Yue, Clare Farrow, Ill. Helen Cann
“With music and your imagination you can travel anywhere; you will always be free.”
Barefoot Books have drawn upon the self-same creative sensibility, attention to detail and high production values that have earned them the place as one of the most distinctive and stylish picture books lists, in this their first forray into fiction.
Watch out people here they come
They are the gang with the big bare bum
Generous helpings of monsters, mystery and the eponymous Mrs Muffly are baked together in this tasty treat of a picture book by monster maestro, Sarah Dyer. Warmth and affection belies the type of hearsay and hyperbolic assumption that lead to the conclusion that Mrs Muffly must be harbouring a monster at home! Alongside a deliciously different twist in the tale, the book introduces imaginative interpretation and concludes through the juxtaposition of these with a much more rational, though terrifically tempting explanation. A definite must read for those keen to develop ravenous readers.
If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.
Another welcome and wit-filled outing for Jiggy McCue sees the hapless protagonist assume the leading role in a new television series ‘Kid Swap’ where children from families with different socio-econimic backgrounds and systems of belief are brought together in a ‘light-the-blue-touch-paper’ and watch the chaos ensue type fashion…