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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

9780230745377

Macmillan Children’s Books, £10.99, August 2012

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If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that I love Mick and Chloe Inkpen’s creating; Zoe and Beans. The first book ‘Where is Binky Boo?’ was published last year with the second ‘The Magic Hoop’ following in quick succession to excellent reviews and praise.

This festive hardback picture book follows Zoe as she decides the only way to ensure Father Christmas gets her Christmas letter is to personally hand-deliver it to the man himself. So, armed with sandwiches, a rucksack, wooly gloves and her trust dog Beans, Zoe sets of on an arctic adventure and meets a very cute character along the way.

I adore this book. I think it is a combination of the story and the illustrations but Beans is adorable and his character traits are hard to resist. There’s a lovely message in this story because even though Zoe never gets caught up in wanting a present too much, we are still reminded of the important things in life (it’s all about the journey) and i’m sure if Zoe has been a good girl, she will get what she wants for Christmas.

ZOE AND BEANS: ZOE’S CHRISTMAS LIST

Chloe and Mick Inkpen

Macmillan Children’s Books

£10.99, HB

9780230750555

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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

9780230748453

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