Have a Picture (book) Perfect Christmas

One of the greatest things about running a book blog is the regular deliveries of books dropping through your letter box.  This is never truer than in the run-up to Christmas when little festive treats are delivered to me by the book elves.  My 'to be read' pile is suddenly awash with gold, red, green … Continue reading Have a Picture (book) Perfect Christmas

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‘The Elephant in the Room,’ by James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon.

It started with an “Oops!”... ...and so begins the mystery of ‘The Elephant in the Room.’ Father Giant’s favourite elephant has been smashed into little pieces and he wants to know who’s to blame so he can banish them from the house, but no one seems keen to confess.  After some serious investigating, and a … Continue reading ‘The Elephant in the Room,’ by James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon.

‘Dreamweaver,’ by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Carrie May.

Today I'd like to introduce you to a magical new bedtime story - Dreamweaver. The dreamweaver glides through the jungle sprinkling dream-dust over all the sleepy (or not so sleepy) baby jungle animals.  Collecting flowers from magical mountain-tops and glittering comet trails from high in the heavens, she crafts the perfect dream for each little … Continue reading ‘Dreamweaver,’ by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Carrie May.

Pet Pandemonium!

Perfect picture books for pet fans across the land!  There's something here for every animal enthusiast: hamster-huggers, dog-desirers, cat-collectors and parakeet-petters! 'Hamster Sitter Wanted,' by Tracy Gunaratnam, illustrated by Hannah Marks (Maverick Books) Marco and Polo were just about to embark on a mission to Mars on their toy rocket when their little cousins arrived … Continue reading Pet Pandemonium!

‘Hide and Seek,’ by Anthony Browne – with exclusive Q&A!

As I'm sure you must know, Anthony Browne is an acclaimed author, illustrator and twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.  'Hide and Seek' is Browne's 50th picture book and is steeped in the same illustrative magic as his other beloved titles: Gorilla, Willy the Wizard, The Tunnel (to name but a few). I … Continue reading ‘Hide and Seek,’ by Anthony Browne – with exclusive Q&A!

‘Cat Learns to Listen at Moonlight School,’ by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Ali Pye.

As we enter the month of October, I am looking forward to sharing with you books which celebrate Autumn and all things spooky.  My very first offering is the gorgeous 'Cat Learns to Listen at Moonlight School,' the third title in the Moonlight School series. Tonight, Miss Moon is taking her class of pupils out … Continue reading ‘Cat Learns to Listen at Moonlight School,’ by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Ali Pye.

‘One Button Benny,’ by Alan Windram, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter.

One Button Benny isn't like all the other robots. He only has one button. Which must ONLY be pressed in an emergency. Benny gets teased so much by the other robots that he longs for an emergency to happen so he can find out what (if anything!) his button actually does. He waits....and he waits....until … Continue reading ‘One Button Benny,’ by Alan Windram, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter.