Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Two more fantastic little animal-based books from Lorenzo Clerici and Silvia Borando (Minibombo / Walker)

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Try as we might, we never seem to settle the argument over which species is more superior. Dogs? Are you a dog lover? Or do you prefer cats?
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Moments in History that Changed the World by Clare Hibbert (British Library / Revolutions)

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The British Library's fantastic new children's range - Revolutions - is a fact-packed bumper book full of the sort of things we love to read about the most.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We're All Wonders by R.J Palacio (Picture Puffin)

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August Pullman, hero of R.J. Palacio's fabulous "Wonder" is back, this time with a message for younger kids...
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Two new corkers for wee ones from Maverick Publishing. Meet a family of giants, and a rather polite Gnu!

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Time for more picture book perfection from Maverick Publishing, who have a couple of new tempting treats for you this month.

First up is our old Twitter mate Karl Newson with a new story that delightfully dances with a few well known (and not so well known) characters, including a family of giants.

In "Fum" by Karl Newson and Lucy Fleming, the family have lost the tiniest member of the family. Little Fum really is thumb-sized, and so the family take a trip through storyland to try and find him, asking various well known characters (including Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood) if they've seen the pint-sized fellah anywhere.

It's a lyrical rhyming adventure that's sure to be a read-aloud favourite.

"Fum" by Karl Newson and Lucy Fleming is out now, published by Maverick Publishing. 

Then there's that Gnu!

In "How do you do, Mr Gnu" by Billy Coughlan and Maddie Frost, Mr Gnu has been invited for tea by none other than the Queen herself.

Slipping out of his zoo enclosure, Gnu causes a fuss as he takes a wild journey to the palace, picking up some etiquette and politeness tips as he goes.

But the last person he sees might just see poor Mr Gnu pick up a rather nasty habit instead. Will he make a good impression on Her Maj?

This is a rib-tickling and entertainingly original story - again fab to read aloud with some brill illustrations (and many giggles as we watch the hapless police trying to convince Mr Gnu to get back to his zoo!)

Brilliant stuff!

"How do you Do, Mr Gnu?" by Billy Coughlan and Maddie Frost is out now, published by Maverick Publishing.

(Both books kindly supplied for review)
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Penguin (10th Anniversary Edition) by Polly Dunbar (Walker Books)

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Good lord, is it really 10 years since Penguin first bounced into our lives?
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Labyrinth by Theo Guignard (Wide Eyed Editions)

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Here's a twisty-turny book full of the most devious puzzles. Enter the Labyrinth!
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Friday, March 24, 2017

ReadItDaddy's Chapter Book of the Week - Week Ending 24th March 2017 - "The Seriously Extraordinary Diary of Pig" by Emer Stamp (Scholastic Children's Books)

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Oooh! If there's one thing that gets our trotters in a twist, it's the prospect of re-reading fabulous books we've already loved in hardback in their new paperback clothes.
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ReaditDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 24th March 2017 - "The Street Beneath My Feet" by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer (Words and Pictures)

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Our second Book of the Week poses a rather fascinating question to curious little kids - Do you know what's going on right beneath your feet right now?
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ReadItDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 24th March 2017 - "Mummy Laid an Egg" by Babette Cole (Red Fox Picture Books)

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The late, great Babette Cole was definitely a force to be reckoned with in children's literature. A fabulous character, often outspoken and very much a huge influence on other authors and illustrators, her books are beloved by millions.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Surprise Surprise by Niki Daly (Otter Barry Books)

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What a sweet little book, with a twirly twist in the tale. Here's "Surprise Surprise" by Niki Daly...
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