Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Perfect Picnic

The Perfect Picnic

By Ciara Flood 
Published by Templar Publishing


Squirrel and Mole are the best of friends, they do everything together. And when Squirrel announces they should go on a picnic it must be the most perfect picnic ever! Which means no butter on the sandwiches!



Squirrel and Mole are inseparable. They dance together, bake cakes together, ride bikes together and especially love painting together. One day they decide to go on a picnic together and Squirrel wants everything to be perfect. Once they have packed and set out, Squirrel is determined to find the perfect picnic spot. They end up searching everywhere due to Squirrel finding fault in every spot they come to. Does the perfect picnic spot exist?

Ciara Flood is the author of Those Pesky Rabbits, and The Perfect Picnic is another triumph of a picture book. Ultimately it is a story about friendship and how sometimes we make compromises to keep our friends happy - especially perfectionists! Full of laughs and gorgeous illustrations, The Perfect Picnic makes a lovely bedtime read and is sure to tickle your funny bones!




The Perfect Picnic is available to buy now from all good bookshops and from the Templar publishing website here.

Kings of the Castle

Kings of the Castle

By Victoria Turnbull 
Published by Templar Publishing


Prepare yourself for a sweet, sweet story about friendship, team work and adventure from the creator that brought us The Sea Tiger.



George didn’t want to waste the night moonbathing. He wanted to build a sandcastle that would turn any monster green eyed with envy. His pet Boris is no help and only wants to fetch sticks. George is just about defeated, but when he meets the strangest creature he has ever seen, the night takes an unexpected turn and an impossible friendship makes his dreams become possible. 

Just like her debut, The Sea Tiger, Victoria has come up trumps with a beautifully imagined story, along with her whimsical illustrations. I especially loved the gatefold centre which reveals a castle of ginormous proportions - a sand castle that's definitely fit for a king. 

At the heart of the story is a beautiful message about friendship and not letting things like language get in the way. Nothing in this world is impossible, with there always being a solution to every problem. By working together George and Nepo create the most amazing castle which cements their friendship forever. Children are sure to love this imaginative tale - especially George's pet, Boris. Another great night time tale from Victoria that is sure to become a modern classic.



Kings of the Castle is available to buy now from all good bookshops and from the Templar publishing website here.

Mr Mustachio

Mr Mustachio

By Yasmin Finch & Abigail Tompkins 
Published by Maverick Publishing


This is the debut book from creative duo Yasmin Finch and Abigail Tompkins and tells the tale of a man with the longest, most wondrous moustache you have ever seen!



Mr Mustachio has the most fantabulous moustache. When he goes out he marches prodly down the street as he moustache flies wildly in the wind. Tall children have to duck beneath it, small children try to snatch it and birds like to nest in it. One day Mr Mustachio goes for a picnic in the local park and gets a little carries away on the roundabout, with his wondrous moustache becoming tangled all over the place. He becomes stuck fast and needs someone to help him untangle. Everyone comes to try and help but it's no good and eventually the only way to free him is to snip his moustache off!

A fun story about lost and change, Mr Mustachio tries his best to hold on to something he loves but eventually needs to call defeat and embrace change. A wonderfully quirky story that is sure to bring a chuckle at bedtime and to encourage children to try new things.



Mr Mustachio is available to buy now at all good bookshops and online from the Maverick books website here.

The New LiBEARian

The New LiBEARian

By Alison Donald & Alex Willmore 
Published by Maverick Publishing


The power of stories are a magical part of a child's life, and reading to a child opens up their imagination and lets them enjoy a world that anyone can visit. The New LiBEARian explores just that... 



It's storytime at the library but Miss Merryweather, the librarian, is missing! The children search for her high and low but they can't find her anywhere. Then Dee stumbles across a set of footprints that doesn't belong to an adult or to a kid - who or what made them? The children run through the bookshelves, through a galaxy, into an ocean and down a runaway, only to find a new librarian in the shape of a big hairy bear. Will this new librarian read them a story? Something they're not usually allowed to read? Will it read them a scary one? 

The New LiBEARian is an exploration into the world of stories and how powerful they can be. The children are transported to a world where anything can happen, where worlds and new exciting characters come to life - in the library! This debut book by Alison Donald and Alex Willmore is a fantastic mix of nostalgic and modern at the same time. With a little bit of magic thrown in, this book is sure to please both book and bear lovers! This is a lovely picturebook to share with your little one or to read aloud to a group of children in a library. It might may well inspire them to go exploring the library themselves and discover new worlds themselves.



The New LiBEARian is available to buy at all good bookshops and online at the Maverick books website here.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits!

Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits!

By Tim Warnes 
Published by Little Tiger Press


If you were to find a top hat with the label “Warning: Do Not Touch!”, would you touch it? In the hilarious Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits! Mole’s best friend, the Lumpy Bumpy Thing (name given by Mole), finds a hat with a very clear warning, but what harm could come from a hat. Well in this case, a lot of trouble, this is a magic hat and every time the Lumpy Bumpy Thing takes the hat off his head a white rabbit appears. It isn’t long before there are just too many rabbits for Mole to label and when the rabbits notice Mole’s vegetable patch they have to act quick to get rid of them.



This is a very funny and entertaining book, children and parents will especially love Mole’s extreme labelling of everything - great for early readers that will help expand their vocabulary and may inspire a love for words. Warning! This book will definitely have you laughing out loud!



Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits! is available to buy now at all good bookshops and online at the Little Tiger Press website.

SQUISH SQUASH SQUEEZE!

SQUISH SQUASH SQUEEZE!

By Tracey Corderoy and Jane Chapman 
Published by Little Tiger Press


When Mouse finds his new home, he thinks it's perfect with just enough room for his stuff. But who's that growling? And who's that taking over the bathroom or sliding down the banister? There's some very big animals already living in the house - will there be enough room for little Mouse? Well with a squish-squash-squeeze, there just might be!



A tale about unexpected friendship and determination, this book will delight children 3+, as they discover the bear, crocodile and tiger with a few surprises along the way. And it features an exciting pop-up, pull out ending, what more could you want from this talented author/illustrator team who have exceeded again in creating a brilliant fun picture book.



SQUISH SQUASH SQUEEZE! is available to buy now at all good bookshops and online at the Little Tiger Press website.

Now!

Now!

By Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes 
Published by Little Tiger Press



Archie is back! The fourth in the Archie series following No!, Why? and More! Any parents with impatient toddlers will be able to relate to this book!



Archie is finding waiting a little bit hard and wants everything now! Filling up the paddling pool is taking too long, unwrapping presents is taking too long, waiting for artwork to dry is just too long for little Archie. But when his parents announce they're going on holiday in a few days time, Archie has to learn patience, with the help of some distractions of course.



Now! Is just as funny as the previous books, and with an adorable but mischievous Archie, you can't help but love him. A picture book that can be used to discuss patience with your little ones. It’s available ‘Now!’ at all good bookshops and online at Little Tiger Press.