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I just had to share my love of this new picture book written by Alison Murray. It’s incredibly clever, charming and importantly; educational.

It is a traditional verse written to tell all the letters in the alphabet. The narrative follows a pesky little dog who is after some delicious apple pie. Each letter is written in a large, bright font and describes the dog’s escapades to get some pie from the initial spotting of the APPLE pie to JUMPING up on the table and finally ZZZ’ing after eating lots of pie. It’s a lovely tale made new and exciting by the gorgeous illustrations.

I highly recommend it for anyone looking to teach their child the alphabet without it being too obvious that they’re actually reading an educational book!

Apple Pie ABC

By Alison Murray

Orchard Books

July 2011



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There’s a whole host of fabulous new picture books recently published and I really wanted to share a few with you. ‘Unfortunately’ is a refreshingly different pictures book full of twists and turns and exciting adventures through the jungle. Written by Alan Durant and illustrated by Simon Rickerty, this book is such a pleasure to read through and I’ve been recommending it to quite a few customers at work.

‘Unfortunately’ is all about the twists and turns our adventures can take us and when a boy walks through the jungle he realises anything can happen- both good and bad. But fortunately he’s not alone…YOU join him in the jungle thanks to the wonderful illustrations…

Simon Rickerty is a relatively unknown illustrator but I have a feeling his work will be everywhere soon. The illustrations are new and exciting – so much so I can’t think of anyone to compare them to. The pages are full of illustrations to accompany the story and there’s something new on every page with a vibrant array of colours.

Unfortunately by Alan Durant is published by Orchard, £5.99 9781408311257

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Published today by Nosy Crow, and part of a brand new series; Pip and Posy are two adorable little friends who are bound to bring a smile to your face.

Axel Scheffler has branched out from his usual collaboration with Julia Donaldson and produced two wonderful stories that will introduce themes of friendship, love and sharing to young children. There is something so familiar and reassuring about Axel’s illustrations and the gentle drawings of green parks and blue skies reassure that when it comes down to it…it’s the simple things in life that matter.

In ‘Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter’ Pip is very lucky and has got a brand new scooter to play with. When Posy comes along, she wants to play and runs off with it. But she has never been on a scooter before and when she tries to copy Pip’s tricks, it all goes horribly wrong. Will Pip be too angry with Posy to help her out or will he realise that every friendship has its falling outs and come to Posy’s aid?

Being a young children’s book, this of course has a moral and a very important one too and I think the tale will resound particularly with parents of more than one child as they learn to share and grapple with growing up.

In ‘Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle’ Pip ends up having an accident after drinking too much during snack time and forgets to go to the potty. Pip is very embarassed but Posy, being the lovely, kind friend that she is, reassures Pip that everyone has accidents from time to time and makes him feel a lot better.

Like The Super Scooter, this is a reassuring tale which many parents can use as a learning tool when teaching young ones about using the potty. It is a charming tale told without fuss or cause for embarassment and who could possibly resist the beauty of Pip and Posy’s friendship?

Both Pip and Posy books are published by Nosy Crow this April, priced £8.99 as HB padded books.

(9780857630056 – The Super Scooter)

(9780857630049 – The Little Puddle)

Do check out the wonderful Nosy Crow website for other great children’s books www.nosycrow.com

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This book warmed my heart after a horrible day at work. I came home to discover the Zoe and Beans book, a bag, a mug and jelly beans. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Published by Macmillan in January 2011, this is going to do so well in the picture book market for those who are fans of friendship tales along the lines of Oliver Jeffers and for existing fans of Mick Inkpen.

Written and illustrated by Mick Inkpen and his daughter Chloe, ‘Zoe and Beans’ tells the charming tale of a little girl Zoe and her pet dog Beans, who makes the habit of stealing Zoe’s toy ever since he misplaced his. Will Zoe get her toy back before it smells of dog and will Beans ever be reunited with his chew toy Binky Boo?

I love the almost camaraderie between the two in this book. There is clear love between the pet and his owner but their friendship is not without its ups and downs, as is the case with every friendship. A charming book. I fell in love with the illustrations immediately; Chloe Inkpen’s drawings depict the friendship between Zoe and beans with an artists ease and I can see why she got the esteemed second prize for the Macmillan Children’s Prize for illustration.

 ‘Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo’ is published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 7th January 2011


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Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures 

This is  a book published by Beachy Books aimed at boys and girls aged 3-5. Written by Philip Bell, illustrated by Eleanor Bell. 9780956298003 £7.99

This books holds no pretences that it is a big budget book but it’s hugely informative and if your child loves being by the sea then they are sure to love this book. If it’s their first time experiencing a day at the seaside this is a great book to take a long with you as the ‘Beach Spotter’ guide at the back of the book will help you identify any unidentified strange creatures lurking on the shore.

The book is set on the Isle of Wight down at Beach Head and hand drawn illustrations are interspersed and superimposed onto great photography of the Isle of Wight beaches. What I particularly like about this book is the layout of the text. Similar to other picture books it has just a few sentences on each page. In this case, it’s just one long sentence separated onto different lines so it reads almost like a poem. The end result is you really read the words and get a feel for the sea as if you’re really there.

If your children love being down by the sea, or if they’ve never been to the Isle of Wight then this is a great way to take them there.

Visit Beachy Books at www.beachybooks.com

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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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