Posts Tagged ‘emily gravett’

Emily Gravett is one of my favourite children’s book illustrators. Like so many, she has a very distinctive and recognisable drawing style and that’s part of her appeal. Children’s books are all about creating that sense of familiarity and nostalgia (for when we are older at least)

Matilda’s Cat doesn’t disappoint in this respect. It takes a traditional picture book subject; animals and puts a new spin on it. In fact, it very much reminds me of the wonderful series Zoe and Beans.

Matilda is sure her lovely cat will want to play with her and chase strings of wool around the house. And of course, it will love dressing up and going to tea parties. But when the cat seems rather disinterested Matilda is worried she and her cat will never be able to play with one another.

A charming tale about a girl…and her cat with the trademark wit and warmth Emily Gravett always provides in her drawings.

Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett


Macmillan Children’s Books, £10.99, August 2012

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If the children end up loving this book and are seemingly fascinated by chameleon’s then may I recommend this book ‘The Mixed-up Chameleon’ by Eric Carle (9780140506426) as recommended by the consistently reputable  Literate Housewife http://thenurseryatliteratehousewife.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/the-mixed-up-chameleon/

Whilst Eric Carle is very well known, his other picture books have the habit of getting lost amidst the well-earnt craze with ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Either way, I do recommend a look through The Literate Housewife’s blog, there is a lot to learn.

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Brace yourselves, there is a mass update on its way, simply because I have just come across some great picture books and I feel  they’re all worthy of me singing their praises!

It seems I write lyrical about picture books and picture books only but I truly believe they are the most wonderful and important book types that we go through in our lives and if you have children, they will resonant with you throughout adulthood also.

There are so many aspects to a picture book that are of great importance to its success. The writing, the educational aspect, the illustrations, the characters.

I feel this book might have it all. It’s called ‘Blue Chameleon’ by Emily Gravett. You might recognise the name as I have featured ‘The Rabbit Problem’ on a previous post.  https://5minutespeace.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/hip-hop-rabbits-2/ 

Blue Chameleon

Emily Gravett is a prize winning author and she continues this trend of success in this new hardback picture book, published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 05/02/10.

Blue Chameleon does exactly what he says on the tin. He can turn himself into anything but of each the strange other characters he wants to meet, none of them want to be his friend. The reader will create a strong attachment to the chameleon and really sympathise through the clever writing in between each beautiful illustration.

Emily Gravett has a growing number of picture books to her name now. Whilst it may not have the same charisma of The Rabbit Problem, this is sure to be a success with children and parents alike simply for her ability to connect her illustrations with the reader.

ISBN: 9780230704244

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Continuing with the christmas countdown of the ultimate books for Christmas is number 9.

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

The Rabbit Problem

This is the most wonderful picture books, my words cannot give it justice. It is truly inspiring and more importantly, it is fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

As a hardback book this will keep well which is a good thing because trust me, you will read this book again and again, whether you’re with a child or not.

The rabbits have a problem, there’s a growing amount of them beyonds mathematical comprehension. We’re talking seriously squished bunnies here! This is a year in the life of a rabbit family, displayed in a calendar style book as they face a monthly challenge on top of their growing brood. This book is just wonderful because it teaches things without realising it. Being in calendar form, it gives the book a contemporary edge over other picture books and gives the book a clear format and the kids will surely have a favourite month.

There are great interactive elements with flaps and pop ups. I recommend you look at this book before you buy it just to experience it and fall in love with it like I have. The illustrations veer away from the traditional with each rabbit being as individual as the storyline itself.

Emily Gravett has created a real treasure of a book here and I can’t wait for more people to realise how great it is.

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