Tuesday 14 May 2019

Three charming new titles to help you jump headlong into Spring, from awesome Child's Play Publishing

Spring has definitely arrived! The birds are chirping, and we've even had a few gorgeous sunny days to spend lazing under our favourite tree with a selection of brilliant books.

Child's Play are definitely producing some of the loveliest picture books at the moment and we've been lucky enough to catch up with a trio of tempting titles to tickle your little one's reading tastes with.

First is "Hide and Seek" by Polly Noakes, the sort of brilliant sunshiney book that you just can't resist at this time of year.

Join a group of best friends as they venture out into the meadow to play a game of hide-and-seek on a beautiful summer’s afternoon. 

With each turn of the page, kids will absolutely love spotting all the hidden animal characters who crop up during the story. See if you can spot who's playing hide and seek, and who's the best at hiding. 

Glorious stuff with beautiful illustrations, a really sunny treat!

"Hide and Seek" by Polly Noakes is out now, published by Child's Play. 

The utterly sublime "Where did you go today?" by Jenny Duke starts off with an ordinary everyday visit to a local playpark, but then uses the power of our imaginations to take its characters on exciting journeys and quests to far-off fantasy lands. 

They're as real as your imagination can make them, and this is an utterly glorious exploration of how easily kids can dream up their own adventures and locations while enjoying the summery air. 

So much charm and so many delicious little joyful moments packed into this gorgeous book. Definitely not to be missed!

"Where did you go today?" by Jenny Duke is out now, published by Child's Play. 

Last but by no means least, something really special indeed. 

The brilliant "King Leonard's Teddy" by Phoebe Swan subtly intertwines an important environmental message into a tale of a rather spoilt king who rather wastefully doesn't take very good care of his things. 

King Leonard is spoilt and rich you see, so if anything breaks he just throws it on the junk pile and buys a new one. 

Of course, this is terrible behaviour - but King Leonard swiftly learns his lesson when something truly irreplaceable is broken beyond repair, and with no-one to fix it, Leonard finally understands how it's better to look after and cherish the things you've got rather than wastefully just looking for the next new shiny unbroken thing to add to your collection. 

This instantly felt like a truly classic picture book in every sense of the word, with a thoroughly entertaining story, an important moral message and of course a brilliantly realised central character in Leonard himself. 

Fantastic stuff!

"King Leonard's Teddy" by Phoebe Swan is out now, published by Child's Play. 

(All books very kindly supplied for review).