Archive for July, 2010

Have you ever seen a more inspired cover for a picture book? I could stare forever past the spines of these books, hoping to see what Peter and his family see everyday.
Peter’s family isn’t exactly what you would call normal…they live in the cookery section on a bookshelf and each night, filled with magical mystery Peter sneaks off to find a missing book.
This is a truly beautiful book and I love the illustrations which are so diverse, you can come back to time and time again and still discover something new. Quite like Peter, we will always discover new things on our bookshelves.
A great read published by Red Fox Books 978-0099461814 £5.99. I’m so glad it’s still in print.

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Summer releases

There are some wonderful new children’s book due for publication this summer and I think they belong on every child’s bookshelf for in years to come, when they open these books up again out will pour the sand having spent the whole summer reading down the beach.

In august Emily Gravett’s fantastic book The Rabbit Problem is out in paperback. There are few picture book authors (other than Julia Donaldson) who do well in hardback but Emily Gravett managed to defy them all with her wacky, fantastic, often touching picture books.

I’ve raved about this book before so I wont go on for too long. The book has a great new cover, more commercialised in my opinion and will do well. I’ll certainly be getting my copy.

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Ok, so I didn’t go to Moominland but I have been on some exciting travels which might explain my lack of blogging. Whilst I have missed my blog and the Large family, I needed time away, detached from everything so I went to Tunisia and i’ve just got back from Cyprus. After standing at the top of the Troodos mountains looking down at the streams, I can honestly say I feel thoroughly refreshed and back in the game.

So on to more important things, like it’s seven days until the publication of The Moomin’s Cookbook.

I will be buying a copy on the 8th and will post my review soon after. I do hope it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. I adore Tove Jansson more than words can describe and I hope this book gives her original concept of the Moomin family great honour. On my travels I read ‘The Summer Book’- a piece of adult fiction by Jansson and I adored it; I knew I would and I loved waiting and waiting for that right moment to read it.

Expect lots more next week. It’s good to be back.

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known” So true Pooh bear.

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