Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Blammo! Take a closer look at Big Picture Press's fantastic trio for Autumn

"Maps" from Big Picture Press. Cartographic paradise in big-book form!
As the summer heat bakes us once again, September and October seem a long way away but there's always something to look forward to as the nights grow darker and once again you're forced to fish out your fat duvet from the draw.

How about a brilliant trio of books from the stunning folk at Big Picture Press, your new go-to for fabulously attractive, informative and downright addictive books?

We'll start by diving into Maps from the enormously talented Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński. Already living legends across the Channel, this fab duo have spent three years putting together the definitive pictorial atlas for BPP.

Just looking at the levels of detail in each page spread makes your brain swim with infinite possibilities. Don't believe us? Take a look at these amazing maps of the US and the UK:

There are 52 maps in all, and each is an utter delight to delve into. We've only had the chance to look at digital copies so far but can tell that in the big book hardback format the book will be released in, it's going to become an instant family heirloom. Stunning!

"Maps" will be released in October. Brr!

Next up, how about something slightly different. A little book this time (figuratively speaking). It's Nina's Book of Little Things by Keith Haring...

Keith Haring is a graphic design guru who gave this book to his little friend Nina Clemente for her 7th Birthday. Crammed with doodling, drawing and great activities (and the perfect fit for this week's #ReadItMD13 theme of encouraging children to pick up their pens and pencils and get scribbling) this is a book that may buy you some valuable breathing space when your little ones are bored and want something to keep them occupied. 

Conveniently, there's a neat pocket built into the back of the book so children can keep bits and bobs for sticking and drawing. 

"Nina's Book of Little Things" is due out in September. 

Finally, gather together some of the biggest names in children's books, put them in a liquidiser, dip in a gigantic paintbrush and splash the contents across a book full of blank pages and what will you end up with? Er, probably a bit of a squishy mess but there's a more convenient way to enjoy work by some of the most talented folk in the business. Dig into "The Goods" by McSweeney's. 

"The Goods" Volume 1 features puzzles, pictures, comic strips, hilarity and great brain-expanding educational stuff from the likes of Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Oliver Jeffers and many many more. As the cover there says, there are 174-ish things to see and do within the pages of this mighty tome. We've looked at some dummies of the book and a digital version and it's going to be incredible, take our word for it!

"The Goods" by McSweeney's should be arriving on bookshelves near you in October.