Picture book round up for October 2015

The Lion and the Bird cover image

Alright, it’s November. Stop being picky. Anyway, Christmas is coming up so go buy these books – they will all make brilliant presents! Let’s Catch That Rainbow, written and illustrated by Ann Keane, Pines Estate Books, ISBN 9780473320171, RRP $19.99 A rainy day story for a rainy day read, Let’s Catch That Rainbow follows Hadleigh […]

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March picture book roundup part 1

I am enamoured with picture books at the moment. If you want to see amazing design and original, creative stories then picture books are where it’s at (as the kids say [tiny kids because they’re the only kids who think I’m cool anymore]). Note: Age guides given are just suggestions and do not preclude anyone else […]

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Three new picture books from Book Island

When it comes to children’s books Book Island is by far the most interesting small press in New Zealand. The books are original and always beautifully produced, and I really like the idea that they are all European books being published into English. Here’s three new titles from them – all perfect Christmas gift ideas […]

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Mr Miniscule and the Whale by Julian Tuwim

Mr Miniscule and the Whale cover image

Mr Miniscule and the Whale by Julian Tuwim, illustrated by Bohdan Butenko, Book Island, ISBN 9780987669681, RRP $18 There’s something in stories about teeny tiny things meeting big giant things that always appeals to children and in that vein they will thoroughly enjoy Mr Miniscule and the Whale. Mr Miniscule is a wee little explorer who goes […]

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Book Review: Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire

Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier & Kaatje Vermeire, Book Island, ISBN9780987669667, RRP $29.99. The most beautiful picture book I’ve seen this year, Maia and What Matters is the latest from Kapiti Coast publisher Book Island – further proving that the best New Zealand publishers are congregating around Wellington. Maia is “an impatient scamp”, […]

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