Another weekend and I finally get some time to read, browse, explore and review a set of picture books. I peek at them all week and look forward to the dedicated time on a weekend to read them.
Let’s Tell A Story Space Adventure by Lily Murray and Grace Borugh, Published by Wide Eyed Editions
This set of books, both Space and Fairy Tale Adventure, remind me of the ever popular You Choose series of books. Building a perfect opportunity for book chat and conversation about choice and reasoning, these books allow the reader to become the storyteller. An ever changing set of options and choices allow the story to be different each time the book is chosen! Stereotypes are left behind as all children are welcome in these stories and can delight in the illustrations and imagination of the pages! Let’s Tell A Story Fairy Tale Adventure by Lily Murray and Wesley Robins,
Published by Wide Eyed Editions
This book, as above, allows all children the chance to tell a story and imagine their own path through an adventure. The fairy tale book has some familiar characters, settings and potential paths but which will be chosen by your own little reader will be a complete surprise every time this book is chosen. My children both loved the You Choose series and when these arrived, they immediately knew what to do. There was a familiarity it choosing a path, an adventure and characters to meet along the way. We all loved the options given to help the adventure proceed. Brilliant for classrooms or homes, these will definitely keep imaginations active. Beatrix and her Bunnies, The Story of Beatrix Potter by Rebecca Colby and Caroline Bonne-Müller,
Published by Nosy Crow
This tale of Beatrix Potter as told in a picture book is utterly delightful. Illustrated in a beautiful soft coloured palette, this story truly comes alive as we follow the journey of a young animal loving girl to a world famous author. Transported back in time, the pages reflect the reality of Beatrix’s life and wealth, as well as her loneliness and imagination. A superb introduction to Beatrix Potter and her journey to publication in an easy to read picture book. Told as a story, children will learn about Beatrix as though she were a character come to life. Published in conjunction with the National Trust, tourists are able to visit her home, Hill Top Farm. She left plenty of land and her home to National Trust. A Cat with no Name, A Story
about Sadness by Kochka and Marie Leghima, Published by Words and Pictures
When a small kitten jumps into Olive’s life, she is thrilled and makes lifelong plans to spend time with the kitten. A week goes by and the family settle into a routine with the kitten. When on the eighth day, the kitten doesn’t return, Olive sets out on a search. Mum and Dad prepare her for the fact that the kitten may already have a home but when that news is confirmed, Olive is devastated. A stunning book dealing sensitively with loss and grief. Beautifully illustrated with bold bursts of colour, this charming book will find its home on many readers’ shelves. Fletcher and the Caterpillar by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie
Beeke, Published by Graffeg
Fletcher is a popular series of books all about a young fox discovering the joys of nature and his surroundings. Wondrous illustrations take the reader on a journey of exploration and understanding of nature and seasons. Fletcher is innocent and wants to be friends with Caterpillar, but Caterpillar just wants to munch through leaves. All the forest animals pitch in with ideas and suggestions for Fletcher and the caterpillar. Written with an almost poetic quality, these stories are brilliant bedtime tales for young nature lovers and explorers! Young scientists will know the sparkly surprise coming at the end of the story but it is a wonderful page for all to enjoy. Eyes that Kiss in
the Corners by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho, Published by HarperCollins Children’s
This is an enchanting and wonderful story celebrating differences, family and confidence. Stunning illustrations bring a young Asian girl to life as she learns to recognise her own beauty and that of the women and girls in her life, from her little sister to her grandmother. Another poetically written book, this will make a perfect book to share with young readers at home and in schools. I loved the celebration of her eyes that kiss in the corner and her love for her family. Knowing this was based on real experiences by the author and illustrator, this story becomes even more important. A special book to be shared widely!