Buy at AmazonBuy at Hive This is a gloriously colourful book about the dangers of vanity and the value of friendship. Or it's about a lion, a crocodile and a bunch of meerkats, whichever you prefer. The illustrations are marvellous - I particularly enjoy the one where the meerkats have braided bright feathers into the lion's mane. This is not one to read from an over … [Read more...] about Monty’s Magnificent Mane
buy at Hive (affiliate link) buy at Amazon (affiliate link)All I said was... is a story about imagination. And how things might not always be the way you think they are. And maybe about the grass not necessarily being greener on the other side of the street. It might not be a good story to read a 4 year old with an overactive imagination at bedtime. Because like the majority … [Read more...] about All I said was – Michael Morpurgo
Buy at amazon Buy at hiveI love John Burningham - his simply drawn pictures that are still full of detail, stories that actually have a point to them. This book is no different - a story about an old magic bed that has the power to carry you away at night on adventure after adventure. There's an extra layer to this story though, in that some of the adults in the story aren't … [Read more...] about The Magic Bed – John Burningham
Buy at HiveThis is a counting book with a darker twist. The witch goes around her ever increasing numbers of friends collecting ingredients - for what? The book is suited to those with a more gruesome taste in their reading, featuring werewolves, vampires, blood and bones, which contrasts nicely with the cheerful rhyme scheme. The numbers (up to ten) are counted through twice … [Read more...] about One witch. Laura Leuck.
Buy at Hive I love the style of illustration of Anthony Browne's books, far more like non picture book pictures than some picture books, if that makes any sense. But I found the story in this one quite disturbing. I'm sure it's supposed to be satirical or thought provoking but mainly it seemed unpleasant and rather sad, as it tells the story of a less than happy family on a … [Read more...] about Zoo. Anthony Browne.