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The Noisy Book

Soledad Bravi“Le livre des bruits”(Gecko Press) Babies and toddlers love the interaction that pointing at pictures in books, waiting for a reaction from adult readers, brings. And let’s face it, adults love making silly noises to babies and toddlers. The Noisy Book combines both marvellously. This chunky (over 100 pages!) board book offers a huge selection of noises waiting to …

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PICTURE BOOK CAROUSEL: Vive la Différence!

Two picture books on individuality, diversity, and acceptance, yet two very different stories. Which one will be your favourite? Bugs in a BlanketBeatrice Alemagna“Au pays des petits poux”, translated by Anthea Bell(Phaidon Press) In an old blanket live a whole colony of bugs. But each little bug lives in its own little hole, alone, with …

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I Have the Right to Be a Child

Alain Serres (text) & Aurélia Fronti (illustrations)“J’ai le droit d’être un enfant”, translated by Sarah Ardizzone (Phoenix Yard Books) The Convention of the Rights of the Child was written in 1989 but the original text is barely accessible to those whom it concerns the most: children. Having rights is also not an easy concept for young …

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My Brother Simple

Marie-Aude Murail “Simple”, translated by Adriana Hunter (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) Kleber is starting his second year of sixth-form at the prestigious Lycée Henri IV and as well as worrying about the school year ahead, he must also find himself and his older brother, Barnaby, somewhere to live. Barnaby, known as Simple, is twenty-two years old but has …

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Janik Coat“Mon hippopotame”(Abrams Appleseed) Hippopposites is beautiful large format board book about which uses a hippo to illustrate concepts of opposites. The format of the book is traditional: each double spread offers a pair of opposites. There are some expected pairing of words (small/large, full/empty) and some rather more unusual ones (opaque/transparent, free/caged) which definitely sets this book apart from many …

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All Around the World

Géraldine Cosneau“Panoramas du monde”(Tate Publishing)This wonderful wide format picture book is in fact an activity book. It contains eight fold-out panoramic scenes of different landscapes (The African Savannah, The Sahara Desert, The Countryside, The North American Forest, The Amazon Rainforest, The Tropical Sea, The Australian Outback, and The Arctic) and over four hundred reusable stickers (“gommettes” in French, very popular …

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Rapido’s Next Stop

Joëlle Jolivet (illustrations) & Jean-Luc Fromental (text)“Rapido dans la ville”,  translated by Antony Shugaar (Abrams Books) Rapido the little red delivery van which is busy driving across the city delivering its packages. From the harbour to the city centre, from the suburbs to the countryside, Rapido works through the list of deliveries that can be …