March picture book roundup part 2

The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpys, Scribe, ISBN 9781925106206, RRP $30 (hardcover) Picture book stories can sometimes be a bit “out there” but they’re also a really good way to address things with kids that they might not want to talk about head-on. And let’s face it, often-times they are […]

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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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Book review: Minton Goes! by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble

Minton Goes! by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble, Allen & Unwin, ISBN9781760111960 When you think “cute characters for kids” you don’t immediately think “spotty salamander”, unless, that is, you’ve met the delightful Minton. Yes, Minton our eponymous hero is a salamander and what an energetic little fellow he turns out to be. Minton Goes! is […]

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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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