I am excited to be back with some new books from Thames & Hudson Publishing. Watch my video below for my thoughts on the books.
by Thereza Rowe (Ages 4+)
There are lots of things going on in the woods . . . Olly the horse is tired of waiting to turn into a unicorn like his friends. Lionel the lion is terribly embarrassed by his hair- loss. And Red the fox won’t come out of her hole because the wedding cake she spent hours preparing has been gobbled up. In these three interlinked stories, Olly, Lionel, Red, and their friends work together to find creative and fun solutions to each other’s problems, and each story ends with the creatures chanting “Be happy now!”
Thereza Rowe’s quirky illustrations are stylish and contemporary. Paired with these upbeat stories, they have an extraordinary energy that will appeal to children and their parents.
Story and Pictures by Richard Graham (Ages 3+)
One day Ezra hears a gloomy blue tune coming from the piano. To her surprise, it’s a caterpillar making the sound: a cranky caterpillar. Ezra tries to cheer him up with some fresh air, cakes, and new hats, but nothing seems to work… What can Ezra do to help the cranky caterpillar change his tune?
Richard Graham is a new illustrator with a highly distinctive and original style. The origins of The Cranky Caterpillar lie in his own artistic sculptural creations: a caterpillar created from the hammers inside an old piano, a band of musical characters, all sculpted from instruments and materials found in his studio. Graham has also been inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s color synesthesia, whereby we are shown the magical colors of music, in this splendidly illustrated book. Children will identify with the struggle the caterpillar goes through, in trying to articulate his emotions, and will delight in the inventive band of friends that succeed in cheering him up.
by Jen Campbell & Illustrated by Katie Harnett (Ages 3+)
Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even talk to him. One day, he meets a girl named Luna who, rather than being afraid, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books. They instantly become friends and talk nonstop about what they’ve read: books about roller-skating, King Arthur, spiders, and how to do kung fu. Together they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop―a flying bookshop, that is―right on Franklin’s back!
Franklin, a well-read and peace-loving dragon, and Luna, a young girl with an independent spirit and an insatiable love of reading, make fantastic role models for young children. Franklin’s Flying Bookshop brings the magic of classic fairy tales into the twenty-first century through exquisite illustrations and will enchant children as well as anyone who loves books.
by OKIDO (Ages 5+)
How do animals live? What do they eat? Is a human being an animal? Children have all sorts of questions about animals, and in My Animal Book those questions are answered. A little girl named Koko helps children to think about animals and make comparisons with their own lives. There are also three intrepid explorers who go on adventures to a variety of places to find out about different species. Young readers investigate each topic by playing and learning.
The book is energetic and bold in its illustration, with contributions from a variety of illustrators. It has a sense of humor, and its large format makes it feel friendly and approachable for children ages four and up.
by OKIDO (Ages 5+)
Here is a new take on the body book for young children, and it’s all about asking and answering questions: “Why is your blood red?” “How much does your hair grow?” A little girl named Koko asks questions that guide three intrepid explorers through the human body as they explore the many and varied functions that make it work.
Organized into twenty sections, this engaging book addresses a multitude of topics, from “Eating and Staying Healthy” to “My Skin” to “Babies.” A colorful combination of photographs and contemporary illustrations brings the text to life. The book also features a variety of things to do on and off the page, including games, recipes, and craft activities.
by Oscar Sabini (Ages 4+)
Paper Monsters is a hands- on collage studio for young children. Budding artists can create seven collage pictures of monsters in cleverly designed paper pockets in the book. Complete all the pictures to make a monster procession hurrying to the last page, where young readers discover the monsters at monster school with a final collage to complete.
The book has step- by- step instructions showing how to make the collages but the collage- making activity is open and free. Each spread features an inspirational collage illustration of a monster and paper pocket with a window cut to the same monster shape. Children can tear and paste the decorated papers included in an envelope at the back of the book, along with any scraps of recycled newspapers and magazines, to make a collage on the piece of card. Slot the piece of collage card into the pocket so it shows through the monster- shaped window, and voila! A wonderful collage monster.
Oscar Sabini’s artwork is charming and characterful, inspiring young children to be creative and experiment with form and color.
I hope you and your little readers enjoy these books as much and my kids and I have!
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