Picture Book Perfection (3)

One Lone Swallow – Corinne Fenton and Owen Swan

  • Published by New Frontier Publishing
  • RRP – £11.99 (HB)

Stunningly illustrated, this story tells of how a Swallow makes her journey over rooftops and land, to find her partner. Leaving her young behind, the Swallow is determined to find him, and perseveres in doing so, only to find he is caught up in string, and in danger of being hurt. At the last minute she succeeds in freeing him, and the pair fly home to their babies. A beautiful, heart warming end to an incredible story of family, love, and the lengths we go to for the ones we love.

A Gallery of Cats – Ruth Brown

  • Published by Scallywag Press
  • RRP – £7.99 (pb)

Celebrating Cats of all shapes and sizes, this is an exhibition of Cats at a gallery that Tom stumbles across whilst out with family. Each and every Cat comes to life and wanders the gallery with Tom, who delights in reading about each Cats character and history. With a variety of backgrounds and behaviours, this is the best way of showing younger readers the beauty of being different, and the magic of when we come together.

Ceri and Deri Get Your Skates On – Max Low

  • Published by Graffeg
  • RRP – £7.99 (pb)

A brilliant story about how not giving up and persevering leads to success, told in the form of Ceri and Deri, best friends who hang out with one another. They play with their duck friend at the skate park but Dai the duck lacks confidence with a skate board and when he falls off he gives in, taking Ceri and Deri in search of that which he can do successfully, and therefore feels talented in. In the end it is Ceri and Deri that help Dai realise that it is practice that makes perfect, and that perseverance pays off. A great story to encourage readers with learning invaluable lessons.

No! said Rabbit – Marjoke Henrichs

  • Published by Scallywag Press
  • RRP – £12.99 (HB)

Rabbits favourite word is No! He wont admit or agree to that which his mum is asking or suggesting is exactly what he needs or wants, and just says No! That does not stop him doing some of what he is being asked – like getting dressed into his favourite clothes – but as the day goes on Rabbit becomes more firm in his decision to refuse to participate, and does not do as he is asked, but with mummy rabbit tempting him with all the right suggestions he soon joins in, and enjoys himself doing so. Younger audiences will recognise saying no, and may well learn that they would miss out on the good things if they didn’t then join in too.

Lion Lessons – Jon Agee

  • Published by Scallywag Press
  • RRP – £7.99 (pb)

Taking seven steps to gain his lion diploma sees the young boy in this story take lessons from an adult lion who marks his efforts. The book is funny to read and incredibly enjoyable as we go along with each step, and learn whether the boy can successfully pull off being a lion. Learning that you shine in whatever you fully apply yourself to, the boy sees a dog chasing a cat, and reacts in a true to lion lessons content way!

Gaspard’s Foxtrot – Zeb Soanes

  • Published by Graffeg
  • RRP – £12.99 (HB)

With a map plotting Gaspard’s trip across London at the front of the book, the story tells of his adventure to an open air classical concert in Hyde Park, which he inadvertently attends after following his favourite human, Honey, to the event onboard one of London’s red bus’. Gaspard has followed Honey with the intention of returning her scarf she dropped, and enjoys a bus trip across the capital, taking in all the sights, before becoming the star of the show. Stunningly illustrated to reflect the animals, city life, sights, and wildlife in a stunning colour palette and highly detailed finish.

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau – Jon Agee

  • Published by Scallywag Press
  • RRP – £12.99 (HB)

Telling the story of an artist, Clousseau, whose art work has a life of its own, often causing issues and disaster for those that purchase them. As a consequence Clousseau is arrested and put in prison, until one of his paintings saves the day. Awarded a medal for his efforts, Clousseau returns home and the painting he came from. A fun, interesting and clever twist on art work and artists.

Eyes that kiss in the corners – Joanna Ho, and illustrated by Dung Ho

  • Published by Harper Collins
  • RRP – £12.99 (HB)

A beautifully written story about how a young asian girl looks different to her friends, because of her eyes. Giving a heart warming outlook on why she varies to her friends the girl narrating the story explains how her eyes are a reflection of her mother, and grandmother – with stunning sentences conjuring relevant imagery in the readers imagination. The girl explains how her younger sister has eyes similar to hers, and how combined, they all make valid reasons as to why she should and does feel special for being herself, with her heritage being worn like a trophy.

Finney’s Story – Alana Washington, and illustrated by Charlotte Caswell

  • Published by Uclan
  • RRP – £7.99 (pb)

When Finney the fox tells his friend he has written a book it soon becomes clear that he may have a title but lack content. His friend quickly realises that Finney’s ‘ideas’ are actually retellings of classics such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and explains to Finney what an original idea is. The pair become concerned about the lack of original ideas left for story content, and a trip to their local library seems to confirm suspicions, but encourages Finney to realise his own story is as original as it comes. Perfect. Great way of introducing story writing to younger readers, and teaching them that their own story is what makes them individual and is a worthwhile story to share.

The Smile Shop – Satoshi Kitamura

  • Published by Scallywag Press
  • RRP – £12.99 (HB)

As we follow a young boy, excitedly heading to spend his saved up money, we are treated to stunning illustrations that depict the journey along the way, and give readers the experiences the little boy has such as busy streets and crowds of people. When in the bustle of it all the boy loses his coins down a drain he is saddened at not being able to buy himself something special. But the consequence of that leads the boy to find the smile shop, which although it is a photo developing and framing shop, the boy adorably believes will sell him a smile – something he really needs. The boy learns something utterly priceless as a consequence of his interaction in the shop -money cannot buy you happiness, and that acts of kindness are their own reward. A beautiful story to teach readers about what is important, and to have appreciation for not just physical things.

The Bedtime Book – S Marendaz and Carly Gledhill

  • Published by Little Tiger
  • RRP – £6.99 (pb)

Combining the beauty and brilliance of story books with friendship, this is a fantastic book about how mouse calls upon his friend Frank the Dog for help finding his favourite book, which he left out for bedtime and has gone. Mouse is hopeful as they follow clues as to where his book has gone, until it becomes clear someone appreciative has received it, and then Mouse feels sad. Determined to show his friend as much kindness as he has just shown by allowing someone else to enjoy his book, Frank sets about doing the same – sharing his favourite book with Mouse – and it turns out they like the same book. Mouse is happy.

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