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FABULOUS FIVE: “Five picturebooks that surprise me” by Rilla Alexander

  Bright, bold, colourful and full of contagious energy would be one way of describing Rilla Alexander for Flying Eye books, The Best Book in the World and Her Idea. Both books are beautifully produced, and have that graphic design look and edge which will make them a success both with children and adults alike. While …

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GUEST POST: Ella Burfoot on the inspiration behind Recipe for a Story

I am delighted to welcome Ella Burfoot to Library Mice today. I have long admired her work, since Darkness Slipped In was released, (you can read my review of another of her books, Betty and the Yeti, here) and I have been awaiting her return with anticipation. Her latest book, Recipe for a Story (Macmillan Children’s …

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Magical Mix-Ups: Birthdays and Bridesmaids

Marnie Edwards (text) & Leigh Hodgkinson (illustrations)(Nosy Crow) Princess Sapphire and Emerald the Witch, who live in Mixtopia, a land where everything is a little bit topsy–turvy.  In this first adventure, the two friends are invited to a wedding party in Fairyland. After deciding upon their gladrags, the girls are on their way, it looks …