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When I found out there was a second Oliver Jeffers book being published this year, I did a little jump for joy. As if The Huey’s wasn’t enough, we now get to follow the adventures of Wilfred and Marcel the Moose.

One day Wilfred comes across a Moose and declares that the moose is his, and he is to be called Marcel. Wilfred has fun adventures planned for him and Marcel but sometimes Marcel has other ideas and doesn’t always follow the rules and goes off on his own. One day he comes across an old lady who shouts: ‘Rodrigo you’re back!’ This angers Wilfred who shouts back: ‘This Moose belongs to me!’ Wilfred heads off in embarassment and in his rush to run away, he trips and falls down the mountain getting trapped…who will save him?

This is such an aesthetically pleasing book. Of course, once again Jeffers is championing all  those who appear to be a bit bald, but it’s the variety in texture, colour and media on each page which makes it so wonderful. There are elements of digital design super-imposed on to Jeffers’ wonderful artwork and the textures from acrylic paintings really make this feel like you are reading the one and only original copy.

This book is a triumph and such fun to read. Really, could it ever be anything else? Like many of the characters in Jeffers’ books, we come to love Wilfred and his naivety. I do hope there will be a follow up adventure…

This Moose Belongs to me by Oliver Jeffers

HarperCollins Children’s Books

HB, £11.99

9780007263875

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As with any new school year, there comes the inevitable worry, tears and tantrums for some over the return to school or indeed, starting school for the very first time. I remember when I was very young, my first time at school was fine but for the few years after, I got very worried about going back and felt butterflies in my stomach. What I was worried about I don’t know, but I never could get to sleep the night before the new term started.

For those who have just started school and are feeling a little apprehensive, the wonderful Emma Chichester Clark has the answer thanks to blue kangaroo. It’s lovely Lily’s first day at a new school and she thinks Blue Kangaroo is nervous about going but actually he’s really quite excited about all the new things he would be trying.

When Lily arrives at school with all her new pens, pencils and a new lunchbox, she thinks Blue Kangaroo has a tummy ache and need to go home, but her kind teacher Mrs Zazou shows Lily where to hang her coat and she starts her day. Soon Lily is having fun learning, drawing and playing with friends. She has so much fun that when she leaves at the end of the day, she leaves Blue Kangaroo on  the windowsill…but he has fun of his own and gets to do everything Lily did during the day as he watched on from the windowsill.

When Lily returns the next day, she’s settled and absolutely loves school…and so does Blue Kangaroo.

This is a charming tale which subtly introduces the problem and solution of being worried about starting school. Of course it was never Blue Kangaroo who was nervous, it was Lily who transferred her worries on to her friend. The Blue Kangaroo series is charming and Lily is, as ever, adorable and really a lovely character you can relate to.

Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations are beautiful; vivid yet comforting at the same time. She provides security in the book with involvement from everyone in Lily’s family and I really can’t recommend this enough for anyone who ever loved Blue Kangaroo and for those starting school.

Come to School, Blue Kangaroo by mma Chichester Clark

HarperCollins Children’s Books

September 2012, HB £10.99

9780007258673

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Last week the cover design for David Walliams’ latest book ‘Ratburger’ was revealed via twitter by the man himself. What do we all think?

I think it’s great and Quentin Blake’s cover designs have become synonymous with Walliams’ witty stories. It’s interesting how well his books have been received with a cover designed by Quentin Blake. For so long Blake and Dahl went hand in hand and that’s what made Dahl’s stories so recognisable to children. It’s nice that his style can translate to other authors too. Certainly though, we will continue to make comparisons between Dahl and Walliams but I don’t think David Walliams will mind too much. In fact, I think it’s quite an honour.

Can I also give a word of advice? Don’t google image Ratburger…you may well come across some actual rat burgers!

Ratubrger is published 19th September.

The fifth screamingly funny novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country.

“Hot on the heels of bestselling Gangsta Granny comes another hilarious, action-packed and touching novel – the story of a little girl called Zoe. Things are not looking good for Zoe. Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her. The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery – mainly by flobbing on her head. And now the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers is after her pet rat! And guess what he wants to do with it? The clue is in the title…”

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A new picture book by Oliver Jeffers before the Autumn in always a treat and this new book by the creator of Lost and Found does not disappoint.

The Huey’s are funny little characters. Seemingly innocent little beings, they live their lives the same as one another doing the same and never doing anything different from one another. Until one day, a little Huey; Rupert decides to knit himself a lovely orange jumper…how do you think the other Huey’s react?

This is a charming story, told only in a way Oliver Jeffers can which explores the meaning of being yourself and individuality.

See the lovely trailer below

Build your own Huey here http://www.makeyourownhuey.com/

The Hueys in…The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers

9780007420650, Hardback, £10.99

April 2012

HarperCollins Children’s Books

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Oh yes, I adore Brambly Hedge and having all the stories together in one big hardback anthology is such a treat. Every customer who has seen the book in store have admitted that they are buying the book more for themselves than their children…and good for them I say.

This anthology features lots of stories from the little mice and even has a lovely Christmas story in it. I think Brambly Hedge takes us back to those days of innocence and their wistful nature makes me long to live in a warm and cosy little burrow, decorating my little house with holly and eating lots of food I’ve collected for the winter.

The characters are adorable and Jill Barklem’s illustrations capture the warmth of each and every one of them with delight and love.

You just have to get this book is you ever read Brambly Hedge as a child. Whether you’re getting it for yourself or sharing the joy with a loved little one; this book must be on your shelf!

THE COMPLETE BRAMBLY HEDGE

Jill Barklem

HarperCollins Children’s Books

9780007450169

£14.99 HB

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