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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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Star Gazers, Skyscrapers and Extraordinary Sausages

Claudia Boldt(Child’s Play) Little Henrietta has plans of grandeur when it comes to what she will do when she grows up: first she wants to make ice-cream, then climb skyscrapers as well as being a superdancer amongst other things; Henrietta certainly does not lack ambition! The same cannot be said for her dog Frank, who only has one …

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Slightly Invisible

Lauren Child(Orchard Books) Charlie is a very thoughtful, patient and loving brother to his little sister Lola. She never wants to be without him. But sometimes, just sometimes, Charlie would quite like to be without Lola, especially when he wants to play with best friend Marv. So when he finally brings himself to tell Lola …

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When Titus Took the Train

Anne Cottringer (text) & Sarah McIntyre (illustrations)(Oxford University Press) Titus is going on a train journey all by himself, all the way to “very far way” where his Uncle Henry will be meeting him off the train. But what looks like it might be a long tedious journey turns out be a rather exciting adventure when Titus is …