Last Stop on Market Street – Book Review

Some books feel like instant classics the moment you open then. Last Stop on Market Street is one of these. Rich, vibrant colours and charming illustrations help tell the simple story of a boy on a bus ride with this grandmother. But, like all the best picture books, this simple story is more than it seems. Read on to take a peek inside and find out more!

Last Stop on Market Street - picture book by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson
Last Stop on Market Street – picture book by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson
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Over and Under the Pond – Book Review

Part of the current trend for beautifully illustrated and story-like “fact” books, Over and Under the Pond takes the reader on a journey through a world of wildlife hidden within the ecosystem of an American mountain pond. There’s much to enjoy in this visual feast, so read on to take a peak inside!

Children's picture book Over and Under the Pond
Over and Under the Pond, by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal.
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The Prince of Pants – Book Review

There is no denying the one piece of clothing everyone can laugh at. It’s pants, of course! So no wonder that there are so many children’s books glorying in these unmentionables. The Prince of Pants joins this proud group of pant-waving tomes with a bright and colourful story that’s bound to cause a giggle. Read on to take a peek inside!

The Prince of Pants by Alan MacDonald and Sarah McIntyre
The Prince of Pants by Alan MacDonald and Sarah McIntyre
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So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury – Book Review

So Much is one of those books that just makes me happy. And while it is a relatively simple story, about a very young child, Trish Cooke’s gentle humour and Helen Oxenbury’s charming illustrations make it a book that still appeals to my children even now that they are the grand old ages of five and nine.

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My Mum is a Supermum – Book Review

Children's picture book 'My Mum is a Supermum'
All mums are super, but could some mums actual be Supermums?

In my search for picture books with diverse characters, I struggled to find a superhero-themed picture book that featured a BAME boy in the staring role. Then I came across this witty gem from Angela McAllister and Alex T. Smith. It DOES feature a black boy as the main character, but the superhero is actually (maybe) his mum!

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The Extraordinary Gardener – Book Review

There’s something magical about growing things with children, and that’s the idea at the heart of this book. A whimsical tale of an inner city boy who transforms his urban landscape with plants, The Extraordinary Gardner is also a story about reaching out to the people around you, sharing ideas and friendship and building a community that’s as beautiful as the flowers they grow. Read on to take a look inside!

Children's picture book The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
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Tomorrow, Most Likely by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith – Book Review

While he may be better known for his adult fiction, writer Dave Eggers has also produced some wonderful children’s books. With the help of talented illustrators like Lane Smith, Eggers’ ‘Tomorrow Most Likely’ is magical journey through the possibilities a day may hold. Read on to take a peek!

Children's picture book 'Tomorrow Most Likely' by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith.
‘Tomorrow Most Likely’ by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith.
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