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This is a perfect book for reading at bedtime for children of 3+. It features a collection of Aesop’s fables retold with plenty of dialogue by the award-winning Sally Grindley.
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: "The text is very minimal but perfect - and the illustrations are glorious. This isn't a scary book in the slightest, though the monsters are grotesque, equipped with very sharp teeth and pointy claws. Little Max in his wolf suit tames them instantly and they declare him king of all wild things. But Max is still a little boy and although he has uproarious fun in the land of the wild things he's clearly glad to be back home where his supper is waiting for him. I've read this story to countless children and they've all loved it, especially when they join in, roaring their terrible roars, gnashing their terrible teeth, rolling their terrible eyes and showing their terrible claws." Julia Eccleshare: A classic story of the power of a childhood tantrum.
Age 0-5+ People, cats, hats, the silvery moon are just some of the entertaining images you’ll see and hear in this entertaining and colourfully illustrated collection of poems, compiled by award-winning poet and Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. Written in lots of different styles – limericks, tongue twisters, and nursery rhymes as you’ve never seen them before.
The robbers of London town plan a desperate crime on Christmas Eve - to steal all the toys they can lay their hands on! Fortunately, the robbers meet their match in brave Officer Pugh who leaps into action and arrests the villains - all except Grandma Swagg who manages to get away.
Follow the leader in this tour of the giant’s castle but be sure you go tiptoe. The giant’s asleep and must not be woken at any cost…Cleverly viewed from many angles, this is a book that draws the reader right in and the only way to end the story is to shut the book tight and go to sleep! (4+)
This wordless picture book will have adults and children utterly captivated by the illustrations throughout the book. When clown finds himself stuffed into a dustbin with other unwanted toys he decides to do something about it. Each time he thinks he’s found someone to love him an adult comes along and throws him out. Eventually though he finds a family who takes him in and who even go back to the dustbin and save the other unwanted toys. It’s a wonderful story of friendship and love. Quentin Blake is probably best known as the illustrator for all Roald Dahl’s books including The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Quentin is an author as well as an illustrator and his picture books, of which this is one are truly stunning and will bring much laughter and smiles to both parent and child in the nursery at bedtime. Click here to see a selection of these fabulous books all of which will be enjoyed equally by toddlers and by adults!
Delightfully witty, Two Monsters is a classic picture book with a strong message about understanding other people’s point of view. The Two Monsters live on different sides of the mountain and so see the world from different angles. Communicating through a hole in the mass that lies between them, the Two Monsters argue about what they can see and exchange insults. “You’re just a stupid old wind-filled prune!” one yells at the other bringing the quick response, “And you’re a bandy-legged, soggy cornflake!” But as the argument escalates into rock throwing, the Two Monsters bring the mountain down and find that they actually like each other’s company…
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. A rhythmic counting poem that describes all manner of delicious Caribbean fruits as a little girl tries to eat as many of these as she can in a single day.
Fabulous illustrations, wonderful rhyming text with not a word out of place; this is a book that no nursery bookshelf can be without. Guaranteed to have huge appeal with babies and young toddlers. It’s definitely the kind of book that will live long in the mind of children and parents for it’s a pleasure for parents to read and children to listen to or as they get older read for themselves.
January 2010 Guest Editor Sophie Mckenzie on Not Now Bernard by David McKee 'This dark, rather depressing picture book opened my eyes to what was possible with children's writing. Adults often assume kids should be protected from what scares or threatens them in literature, but Not now, Bernard, helped me to realise that nothing needs to be taboo - its all in how you treat the material.' Chosen by Michael Rosen. An Andersen classic, this well-loved picture book story is about parents too preoccupied to notice their own child! They are so busy doing their own thing, that a monster can eat Bernard's dinner, break his toys, and even eat Bernard, without being noticed! An hilarious cautionary tale.
A hugely enjoyable read. Farmer duck toils hard all day while his lazy farmer does nothing. So the duck’s many friends decide to club together to get their own back on the lazy farmer and in so doing the duck gets a wonderful surprise. Lavish illustrations complement the simply text very well.