Librarian approved picture books!
A slew of new children’s books have arrived, including these gems reviewed here. One of the delights of my job is picking up a couple of the absolutely fabulous new books that come through – and I don’t use those adjectives lightly.
‘Ball’ is an absolute gem. The artwork is brilliant – how the author and illustrator, Mary Sullivan, manages to convey the emotions of the odd but cute dog perfectly. There is only one word in the book – “ball”. This book was test driven on a 7 year old and an 11 year old (not to mention various librarians) and they were entranced. And the beauty of the book is a simple device, which I will let you and your children discover for yourselves.
‘The Looky Book’ written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley, is a fantastic Christmas gift idea, as the words coupled with the vibrant and detailed illustrations encourage many hours of absorption…leading to what may be some much-needed peace and quiet on Christmas Day. Come and check it out first at our library.
‘Parachute’ written by Danny Parker and illustrated by Matt Ottley, is a whimsical story with wonderful watercolour illustrations that encourages children to use their imaginations, and wonder ‘what if’. Highly recommended.
If you want some other ideas, I’m sure your local librarians will be all too happy to help fossick amongst the picture books…