One Camel Called Doug by Lu Fraser and Sarah Warburton, Simon and Schuster, February 2022 The squashy-toed love is strong for this one! One Camel Called Doug joins Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton and Counting Creatures by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai on our list of favourite counting books. In addition to introducing the concept of numbers in a fun and child-friendly way, this story also celebrates the importance of self-care and alone time, with GORGEOUS illustra
Get ready for a dragon tale with a difference that will have you exploding with laughter! Poor Dragon has lost the ability to breathe fire and doesn’t know what to do. But fear not, brave knight Sir Wayne is on hand and determined to put things right. Can Sir Wayne restore Dragon's fiery glory, or is he destined for a flame-free future?
The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom has just the right amount of rudeness and ridiculousness to hook the very young. There's even a revolting
Pug & Pig and Friends by Sue Lowell Gallion and Joyce Wan, Simon & Schuster Pug & Pig and Friends is one of the most uplifting books we own. From its bright yellow cover to its adorable animals and their hilarious antics, this is guaranteed to raise the spirits of anyone who encounters it. We love the bold illustrations and the simple but incredibly entertaining story which always evokes lots of laughter, no matter how often it's read. Following on from the equally heartwarmi
Read our review, see our top five facts about sabre-toothed tigers and learn about the inspiration behind the Albie stories... Albie is one of Caryl Hart's most popular creations. He celebrated his first decade in picture books last summer, and How to Track a Sabre-Toothed Tiger is his eleventh adventure! Albie first appeared in Supermarket Zoo, an inventive story about a shopping trip where the aisles are stocked with wild animals instead of groceries. In this latest outing,
We chat to award-winning author, illustrator and animator Leigh Hodgkinson about Book Hospital and the inspiration behind her work Leigh Hodgkinson is one of the most inventive and gifted picture book authors and illustrators that has ever existed. If that sounds like extremely high praise, that's because it's intended to be - it's also entirely well-deserved. We have Pencil Dog, Troll Swap, The Great Monster Snorey Book, Limelight Larry, Goldilocks and Just the One Bear and
The only place to go when there's a book emergency... Leigh Hodgkinson is one of the most inventive and gifted picture book authors and illustrators that has ever existed. If that sounds like extremely high praise, that's because it's intended to be - it's also entirely well-deserved. We have Pencil Dog, Troll Swap, The Great Monster Snorey Book, Limelight Larry, Goldilocks and Just the One Bear and Goldilocks and the Three Potties (which really helped us through a challengin
How to Find Egyptian Treasure by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves, Simon and Schuster Albie is one of Caryl Hart's most popular creations. The star of ten stories, he celebrated his first decade in picture books last summer, and there are more books to come. How to Track a Sabre-Toothed Tiger, is releasing on 5th August 2021. I love how the Albie books transform everyday events and mundane activities into magnificent escapades. They remind me of the games and imaginary worlds children
We are thrilled to be the first stop on the blog tour for Mini Monsters: Can I Be The Best? by Caryl Hart and Tony Neal. This brilliant new book releases on Thursday 21st January.
Read our review and an interview with superstar children's author, Caryl Hart... Can I Be The Best? is the second book in the absolutely adorable Mini Monsters series, which launched last year. The first, Can I Play?, introduced characters Scout, Sparkle, Arthur and Tiny with an engaging and though
Lu Fraser is the author of The Littlest Yak, which was illustrated by Kate Hindley and published by Simon & Schuster in September. This is one of our favourite picture books of all time (read a review) - it's absolutely delightful; amusing, adorable and also quite moving, with beautiful illustrations. Gertie is a little yak who longs to be bigger and this is a wonderful story to which both children and their parents will relate.
We were delighted when Lu Fraser kindly agre
The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley, Simon & Schuster
Review + Interview "On the tip of the top of a mountain all snowy,
Where the ice-swirling, toe-curling blizzards are blowy, In a herd full of huddling yaks, big and small, Lived Gertie, the littlest yak of them all." If you’re looking for the perfect book to put you in a festive frame of mind, then look no further! This story features starry skies, flurries of snow, warm woolly hugs, the cosiest knitwear and th
Ollie's Lost Kitten by Nicola Killen A little girl helps a lost kitten find its way home in this adorable story infused with the cosiness and comfort of a crisp autumn day. There are golden leaves on every page, and you can almost hear them rustle. There is a gleam of moonlight and a hint of magic too. Silver cobwebs glisten against a dark background. Orange leaves, stars, and pumpkins glow against a palette of black, white and grey. They're illuminated further by the copper
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat by Simon Philip and Ella Bailey This book was the perfect antidote to the double dose of back-to-school and back-from-holidays blues I experienced this week. The more I read it, the more I love it; the story is incredibly funny and entertaining, and the illustrations are amazing. There is an enormous amount of detail, with more jokes and even a sub-plot (concerning the gorilla’s criminal activities) communicated through the pictures alone. I D
I Have to Start at School Today by Simon Philip and Ged Adamson This is a fantastic story which acknowledges how issues that might seem small and insignificant to an adult can feel enormous and overwhelming to a child. It’s the first day of school and a girl speculates about what might await her: a grumpy rhino, a selfish bear and an annoying baboon. As she airs her concerns, her parents dismiss them, telling her she has nothing to worry about. At the same time, her brother c
Look no further! Chloe Perkins and Sandra Equihua invigorate a familiar story by transporting Cinderella to Mexico. There are many different versions of this story, but this has to be the most vibrant and striking. Each page is abundant in colour and intricate detail, reminiscent of Mexican folk art. I know Cinderella gets a bad rap these days, but this is slightly more progressive than the traditional fairy tale. Cinderella’s positive personality traits are focused on rather