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Wild Animals of the North

posted on 22 Jun 2017

German-born artist Dieter Braun’s guide to some of the most magnificent animals in the Northern hemisphere is a truly beautiful book.

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The Barefoot Book of Children

posted on 02 May 2017

It is no surprise that this splendidly satisfying big picture book is designed with strict attention to the Barefoot Books mantra:

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Red Riding Hood

posted on 01 May 2017

  I have several pop up book versions of this well known traditional story but this one is probably my favourite ....

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Silver Buttons

posted on 20 Mar 2017

This prolific prize winning author -illustrator is one of my all time favourites with his distinctive gentle cartoon like drawings ...

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The Bear Who Stared

posted on 26 Feb 2017

Duncan Beedie’s early career was as an animator in children's TV and he then branched into design, illustration and animation for websites ...

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Four and Twenty Toilers

posted on 19 Feb 2017

This large landscape folio book for children provides us with a genuinely fascinating look at the class structure of Edwardian England.

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The City

posted on 12 Feb 2017

I love the work of this Swiss born Australian illustrator.

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Tatterjack

posted on 05 Feb 2017

Sometimes when you stumble over an old and interesting book – this one dates from 1945 .....

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The Journey

posted on 12 Jan 2017

It is always pleasing to find another book for children about the subject of being a refugee ...

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Posters

posted on 03 Jan 2017

Maurice Sendak is a legend in the world of children’s book illustration.

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Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

posted on 27 Nov 2016

When you look at Michael Rosen’s fantastic books for children of all ages, and, if you’re fortunate enough to hear him talk about his books..

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Ten, Nine, Eight

posted on 25 Nov 2016

  I'm guilty of losing track of which books are where in my house as the shelves groan with more and more.

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The Elephant Wish

posted on 13 Nov 2016

I’m an absolute sucker for big, bold children’s books where the author and the illustrator are gleefully in cahoots

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A Apple Pie

posted on 03 Nov 2016

Books introducing young children to the alphabet are some of the most common you will find in any selection of books for younger readers

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I Will Make Miracles

posted on 26 Oct 2016

This is a big, imposing book produced in an impressive landscape format with colours that sock you in the eye

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What Is A Child

posted on 23 Sep 2016

Last year we featured Alemagna’s wonderful A Lion In Paris on our site and so we just had to showcase this one too.

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It's A Book

posted on 07 Sep 2016

There really is nothing more satisfying than a beautiful picture book that works with an idea that’s so simple it’s positively sublime.

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Baker Cat

posted on 22 Aug 2016

For many years I only knew Posy Simmonds as a cartoonist in The Guardian where she gently – and sometimes not so gently – satirised....

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A Christmas Carol

posted on 03 Jul 2016

It must be a daunting experience to find yourself commissioned to illustrate a classic Dickens tale like A Christmas Carol

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The Jungle Book

posted on 18 Jun 2016

How do you go about rethinking the illustrations for a classic like The Jungle Book?

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Donald and Benoit

posted on 08 Jun 2016

John Byrne is a fabulous painter and playwright from Paisley in Scotland and a key part of the cultural scene in Scotland.

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The Space Story Omnibus

posted on 22 May 2016

When The Space Story Omnibus was published for boys ( and, yes, it was almost certainly for boys) in 1955, the real adventure in space had hardly begun.  

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The Once and Future King

posted on 10 May 2016

Published in 1958, White’s re-imagining of the King Arthur legend takes plenty of liberties with the original source

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Big Bad Bun

posted on 24 Apr 2016

What do you do if you get a school report that's going to go down like a lead balloon with your parents?

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Hurray For Peregrine Pig

posted on 25 Mar 2016

What is it about anthropomorphic pigs? There's something fundamentally delightful about the way the porcine can be constructed as virtually human

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The Secret Garden

posted on 15 Mar 2016

It must be a great honour and, at the same time, an incredible challenge to be asked to design and illustrate a new edition of a great classic like The Sec

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea

posted on 27 Feb 2016

It is quite difficult to write a review of what is undisputedly a classic picture book which is also now a recognisable brand

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Through my Window

posted on 15 Feb 2016

I have such fond memories of discovering this book when I was a nursery teacher in inner city Birmingham...

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Treasure Island

posted on 18 Jan 2016

I have to admit that I didn't read Treasure Island when I was a boy...

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Movable Books

posted on 10 Jan 2016

We have become quite accustomed to seeing interactive books aimed at children of all ages.

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Grandma

posted on 30 Dec 2015

This book has already been subject to much acclaim from organisations like The Alzheimer’s Society because of its unusual..

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Bill In A China Shop

posted on 22 Dec 2015

OK, so Bill is a bull - an Edwardian bull at that - oh, and yes, he's literally in a china shop.

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Wild Swans

posted on 29 Oct 2015

It is a very long time since I read this story, originally told by Hans Christian Anderson and I had forgotten...

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Alphabet

posted on 04 Oct 2015

 I have a big collection of alphabet books and this is one that is probably aimed at adults rather than children...

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A Lion in Paris

posted on 26 Sep 2015

The physical dimensions of this visually stunning book are unconventionally huge for a children's book...

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In the Land of Oz

posted on 12 Aug 2015

Most people know the classic tale of the Wizard of Oz and in most bookshops you will find at least one reprint of the L Frank Baum original version and

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The Dwindling Party

posted on 11 Aug 2015

Can anyone resist a pop-up book? Not me. Especially when the pop-up illustrates a slight verse from the twisted imagination of Edward Gorey,

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

posted on 28 Jul 2015

I would imagine that there are more people familiar with Martin Scorsese's movie, Hugo, than they are with the original book...

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The Sleeping Beauty

posted on 28 Jul 2015

  It may be a case of false memory but when I first started buying second-hand books....

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