I might be slightly biased here because the book is all about a fellow Lucy, but there’s plenty more to love about this picture book by Sanchia Oppenheimer, illustrated by Imogen Clare.
Little Lucy goes shopping and comes back with extraordinary finds from garlands to a zebra. Written in alliterative, alphabet form this book is not only a great bedtime read but also a great tool for learning the alphabet. I challenge you to memorise all the things Lucy buys!
The illustrator, Imogen Clare won the 2008 Macmillan Children’s Prize for Illustration and subsequently a book was published. What I love about these illustrations is their simplicity. There’s almost a naivety that heralds simpler times and evokes fond memories. For me, it brought back a trip to the market when I was about four or five years old. I went with my Grandma and she bought me a cuddle stuffed hedgehog. I named him Harry and he’s still with me today, albeit relaxing on top of my wardrobe with other childhood critters.
Published by Macmillan Children’s books £5.99 9780230712560 PB