Following yesterday’s #PictureBookFriday, I wanted to share some recent picture books that I fell in love with.
When the Storks Came Home by Isabella Tree and Alexandra Finkeldey, Published by Ivy Kids
A nature inspired book printed on 100% recycled paper- how fantastic! This story was inspired by a Reintroduction project called the White Stork project and though Beanie is fictional, the path she takes were the same as the true project. Hunting, habitat loss and dangers posed by humans have cause too many species to become critically endangered but this story and indeed, the project, have brought hope that we could the same for other creatures. The illustrations are so detailed and thorough, I found myself really studying them for more of the story. This makes a lovely story to share and inspire young readers to think about ways they can help the planet, animals and their habitats. Pierre’s New Hair by Joseph Namara Hollis, Published by Tate Publishing
This is one of the shortlisted books for the Klaus Flugge prize and I think it’s rather brilliant. Pierre is a bear with a penchant for hair! He loves all the styles. His other passion is roller skating with his friends. When his all time favourite roller disco squad announce they are coming to town, Pierre and his team get training. The day of the disco arrives and everyone is ready, except Pierre, who just needs more time to finish his hair. When his friends leave, Pierre is forced to take shortcuts to get there on time, and these leave him messy, disheveled and the crowd gasping! Realising what is important is the overwhelming message of this superb story! Fantastic illustrations, stylish and colourful make this story leap off the page. My Dog, Hen by David Mackintosh, Published by Prestel
A unique look at getting a dog! The young boy and his family get a dog from the shelter, a new to them dog and what follows is a fun look at dog ownership. Hen takes a while to get settled in and when he does, he begins to eat everything around him. He pulls on his lead and has to learn new ways of behaving. Calling his grandmother for advice, she comes up with a clever solution to stop Hen eating everything. The fun illustrations are bold, creative and have a vintage feel. There is a sense of being thrifty and savvy throughout the entire story and that adds a certain charm to it. Hen eventually grows up a bit and sleeps a lot! An Unexpected Thing by Ashling Lindsay, Published by Frances Lincoln (Quarto)
What a gorgeous and enchanting book! When a huge spot appears, Fred hides and lets his fear take over. At the same time, Coco looks up in awe and courage. As the pair come together and share ideas, Fred begins to feel braver. Coco is keen to share her perspectives and help Fred to face his overwhelming fears. They both come up with ideas on what the spot is, from comets to bubbles and while they can’t agree on that, they both agree it is fascinating! Together they discover just how amazing the world is when you are ready to face your fears and explore. This is a wonderful story to share and the illustrations are magical and awe-inspiring. That’s Nice, Love by Owen Gent, Published by Book Island
Technology has certainly caused the world to look down, whether at a tablet, phone or computer. We often see children and adults of all ages being entertained by a screen. This vitally important story should be read to anyone owning a phone, and the overwhelming message is to turn it off, look up, look around and see the beauty of the world! A young child is excited about heading to the park and the adventure they will have. As they shout down the magical events, the only response is “That’s Nice, Love”. It is a poignant story and so wondrously illustrated. I love the adventure, the message and the end! Another Book Island grand slam! Nibbles The Bedtime Book by Emma Yarlett, Published by Little Tiger
Nibbles is an adorably naughty little monster with several books featuring his antics already. In every story, Nibbles has an insatiable appetite for books of all shapes and sizes. This bedtime story starts calm with Nibbles being tucked up until he makes a run for it and lands with a splash in a few familiar tales. From The Ugly Duckling and Cinderella to a sleepy lullaby, Will Nibbles finally settle down to bed? Reading Nibbles stories is a popular event in our library and children love the hungry monster and it is a great way to ensure children know about the other stories that Nibbles finds himself in. This rollicking rhyming story eventually calms and as Nibbles yawns, it becomes a calming moment for the reader too!