Archives for category: Picture Books

That Is Not a Good Idea! is hilarious. Plain and simple. Created by bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems (remember Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus?), his latest picture book is inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies. Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the full-color illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.

From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of “A Monster Calls” and the bestselling “Chaos Walking” trilogy comes this enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life, or perhaps afterlife, of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. Seth can remember dying so how is it that he finds himself waking up in the suburban English town where he grew up? A highly original and incredibly page-turning new YA novel.

Hey Lego fans, did you hear about the two Canadian high schoolers who launched a Lego Man into the stratosphere? Ok maybe I’m totally slow on the uptake, but all the same it’s a pretty cool story! Well we’ve just received the book that tells the amazing tale.  The book also includes a teachers resource guide, science activities, classroom craft, games and more!

Emmy nominated Disney screenwriter and director Drew Daywalt (apparently he’s into horror films now…eeep!)  has teamed up with everyone’s favourite illustrator Oliver Jeffers to create The Day the Crayons Quit. For anyone who loved The Incredible Book Eating Boy, this will be right up your alley…

Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?

You’ll just have to wait til August to find out….

A fish with a blue topper, a little thief with a big ego. I’m not usually a fan of black books but this one had me at ‘This hat is not mine‘.

Just awarded the 2013 Caldecott medal winner for its illustration. America thinks it’s the best around. What do you think?

It’s a pleasure to be able to support local authors, especially when they are writing for kids. Nick Falk is technically a local, although his accent does lend itself to that from Old Blighty. We’ll forgive him for that as he’s a jolly good writer and has a pretty terrific energy about him. Tomorrow he’ll be launching his first picture book for little un’s, all about naughty trolls who have a tendency at meal times for juicy humans. When Troggle gets fed up with eating limbs he suggests an alternative – vegegubbles! What’s next is the story of how he finally wins his family over with hilarious results.

If you’re in town in the morning, do pop along. There’s rumours of hungry trolls foraging around the traps, so keep a look out everyone, you never know what’s lurking around the next corner…


We’ve had so many gorgeous books arrive this week I’m almost hyperventilating. Here’s just a few of my favourites for this week…

1. Just Ducks! Nicola Davies and Salvatore Rubbino. With the weather rather inclement around here, this is the perfect book,  full of darling drawings and useful did-you-knows. Look, learn and love these feathered quackers.

2. Creatrilogy. Peter H.Reynolds. I’m COMPLETELY in love with this series. Allow kids the freedom to create and know that their process is just as important as the end result.

From the Boxed Set edition

3. Maddy West and the Tongue Taker. Brian Falkner & Donovan Bixley. If you enjoyed Northwood, you’ll love this,  a fantastical adventure where  secrets, scrolls and stowaways abound.

4. The Raven Boys. Maggie Stiefvater. Boys, they’re always trouble, especiall rich boys at the Aglionby Academy. And with a name like that it doesn’t surprise me. New series from a favourite YA author.

It’s the middle of winter and I’m feeling kind of sluggish. I need some inspiration, a little colour to keep the light bright. With a log fire burning and a warm cup of tea by my side, I’m dreaming of sharing a book with my boys, a book that echoes the very reason I read.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore may be familiar to many, winner of an Academy Award this year for Best Short Film. Created by illustrating genius William Joyce, this is a book to wrap yourself round, whether you’re a grown up or still growing up. It’s on our shelves and waiting to be taken home. It won’t disappoint, just wait and see…

Duckling gets a cookie? What do you mean DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE?! Pigeon is NOT happy about this. Not one little itty bit.

From the hilarious pen of Mo Willems – a new release due out in May.

Such a gorgeous selection of colourful die-cut board books for little ones. Choose between oceans, forests, ponds and more. We’ve got them all, have you seen our window? We totally love them.

If Blowin’ in the Wind didn’t resonate for you back in the 1960’s, then come and have a look at what ‘the oldies’ used to listen to. This is a  beautifully illustrated edition by Jon Muth of the powerful anthem by Bob Dylan. Bob who? He’s a singer kids, a rather famous singer…Go ask your folks and listen to the CD inside.