The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Charlotte Voake
Well, when you think about it you’d probably quite like to know how well one of the world’s oddest marriages proceeds. After sailing into the sunset in their famously beautiful pea green boat, the Owl and the Pussycat must head off in search of their stolen golden ring. They travel far from the safety of the Bong-Tree Glade in search of the thief, across to the Chankly Bore and beyond. Only Julia Donaldson’s deft touch and way with whimsical rhymes could match Edward Lear’s, and this is definitely a family heirloom that will entertain all the generations.
Rabbityness, by Jo Empson
Author & illustrator Jo Empson’s first picture book is filled with stunning images to help children realise their individuality and deal with loss. Rabbit enjoys being a rabbit and doing lots of rabbity things. But one day he disappears, leaving his friends sad. Fortunately for them Rabbit has left behind some presents which help his friends discover their own unrabbity talents. Charming and moving for your own little warren.
The Worst Princess, by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie
I buy this for friend’s new baby girls to help show them that being pink, and waiting for a handsome prince to come along, isn’t necessarily what life’s all about. There are shoes to buy and cakes to bake, too. Ha. Sad Princess Sue royal prince is a pain in the ‘royal bum’ and this is a tale of how the feisty princess manages to escape his clutches.
The Journey Home, by Frann Preston-Gannon
One of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve ever seen, and with a powerful conservation message that children can really relate to. When the ice starts to melt Polar Bear has to search for a new home. His adventures take him across the oceans, meeting new friends along the way. This offers lots of discussion opportunities for older children, and its illustrations really attract younger ones.
Lost My Name Personalised Books
I’ve fallen for personalised books before, and always been disappointed by the quality of the printing, the illustrations, the story, or a combination of all three. The Lost My Name books are truly beautiful and don’t disappoint. There is so much to look at in the stunning illustrations that you and your child will see something new every time they look. The books are printed to high environmental standards in a large format so that they’re comfortable to read on a lap. And children adore finding their own name at the end of the story. Highly recommended.
We’ve always got loads of ideas for children of all ages in our fabulous Book Reviews for Kids section.