Peeking at Picture Books – May (Part 3)

This months final instalment of my picture book blog holds the perfect variety of themes – magic, dinosaurs, superheroes and dogs. Enjoy..

When Sue found Sue

An inspirational story of archaeologist Sue hendrickson and how she has always had a fascination with the world around her, and the ability to find things from a young age too. On her travels one day Sue felt drawn to a specific area where she discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex complete fossilised skeleton, which was then named Sue in her name as its founder.

What a major thing to discover when she was such a shy and quiet child, which will hopefully show young audiences that even those of us that fly under the radar can go on to achieve so much. It is inspirational to hear the story of Sue hendrickson and interesting to hear about how dinosaur fossils are discovered and the process involved, and entertaining to hear the story from child to successful adult too.

Published by – Abrams and Chronicle Publication date – 14.05.19 RRP – £12.99 (HB)

I’m a baked potato!

A fun to read story about a baked potato loving woman who buys herself a dog and names him baked potato, so when he ends up lost one day he explains he is called baked potato and he is looking for the lady (his owner). A mixture of animals engage with the dog on his travels whilst he seeks out a way to return home and tries to find his owner giving the audience variety on every page. This book is a brilliant way of getting young audiences to understand the importance of their own names and the names we give to others.

Published by – Abrams and Chronicle Publication date – 07.05.19 RRP – £11.99 (HB)


An adorable story about Leyla, a baboon within an extremely large family who tires of their routine of grooming – especially her, and all the noise they make. When she cannot take anymore from her family Leyla runs away and finds the quiet, relaxing atmosphere she needs. A little while later Leyla returns as she realises she misses her family and all their chaos. This is a great book to share with young readers to get them to appreciate what they have within the home and family and that chaos and relaxation are both great in moderation.

Published by – Abrams and Chronicle Publication date – 21.05.19 RRP – £11.99 (HB)

Superhero Dad and Daughter

A story celebrating the relationship and bond between a father and daughter. The narrative of the daughter echoes with admiration as she tells us her reasons for her dad being a superhero to her, something that many readers will relate too. There is a brilliantly heartwarming ending to the book which really completes this lovely story and that would make for a perfect gift coming from a daughter to a father, especially on fathers day as this would be a beautiful book for a father and his daughter to share.

Published by – Nosy Crow Publication date – 02.05.19 RRP – £6.99 (BB)

Superhero Dad and Son

Complimenting the previous title, this is in the narrative of an admiring son who refers to his dad as a superhero throughout the book and it is evident that the boy idolises his father from the beautiful words used within and with a fun ending to the book too this really is a book to cherish. This would be the ideal title for boys to share with Dads, especially for Fathers Day and other nights that dad takes on the bedtime reading. The illustrations in both books are colourful, bold and detailed, helping to set the scene and really portraying Superhero Dad perfectly.

Published by – Nosy Crow Publication date – 02.05.19 RRP – £6.99 (BB)

Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair

The second instalment in the Polly Diamond collection, this book is a great choice for those starting to venture towards chapter books but still wanting to keep the picture book vibe, which plenty of stunning illustrations inside the book achieve. With a glittery, textured cover too what’s not to enjoy.

Taking the reader on an unbelievable school fair experience through Polly using her magic book “Spell” to create the ultimate magical experience for all that attend, and it is a book themed fair so thats even more significant. Throughout this book we are taught terms relevant to writing, reading and school work at an child audience related level and in a subtle way that means none of it feels like learning whilst enjoying the story. There is a real warmth in the Polly Diamond books with the namesake coming from a happy conventional family and all her adventuring being completed safely.

Published by – Abrams and Chronicle Publication date – 07.05.19 RRP – £10.99 (HB)

Father’s Day

Iconic illustrations frequent this book that is a celebration of fathers and father’s day. Following a dads involvement in the familys daily routine and how much that is enjoyed by the children and feels special including bath time and a bedtime story. This is the perfect title to share on fathers day and on occasions when dad reads. This book gives a great understanding of roles and chores within a family and would be great to share with younger audiences learning about themselves and the family home.

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 02.05.19 RRP – £6.99 (HB)

I have an idea!

A vibrant, bold, colourful book that talks to younger readers and tells them what an idea is and where they come from. The book goes on to explain that inspiration for ideas can be found absolutely everywhere and even everyday experiences and items can get potentially processed into an idea. In a narrative that is friendly and understandable to young audiences and with simple yet powerful illustrations that keep younger audiences engaged in the storys journey this is a fun and informative title to share, proving invaluable when teaching children about themselves.

Published by – Abrams and Chronicle Publication date – 24.05.19 RRP – £12.99 (HB)

The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears

As Dad tells Jamie she’s very own made up story at bedtime he is frequently interrupted by Jamie who asks questions relating to details in the story and gets dad to change some of them and explain others. Consequently the story changes in Mid flow in places which will certainly maintain younger audiences attention as they wait to hear of each new development. With stunning illustrations to complement the text this book will undoubtedly prove a huge here whether it be as a bedtime routine story or to a group.

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 02.05.19 RRP – £6.99

Where’s Home, Daddy Bear?

Moving home isn’t something little bear Evie wants to do, but once they are all packed they leave and embark on a long car journey to their new home which prompts Evie to ask Daddy bear questions as she seeks reassurances to things she is uncertain about. Getting a little unsure as to their whereabouts himself, daddy bear find comfort and reassurance in a game of eye spy that Evie suggests and it is then that they both agree that home is wherever they are together. A great book to show children that we can all face uncertainties at times and look for reassurances, and that family is what matters most.

Published by – Walker Books Publication date – 02.05.19 RRP – £6.99 (PB)

So many picture books to enjoy and share, making memories with young readers that will last a lifetime.

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