Beautiful Birds by Jean Roussen and Emmanuelle Walker

Feast your eyes on this. Beautiful Birds is a whirlwind tour, A to Z, of some of Ornithology’s most stunning creatures. A little bit of information about each bird species is paired with some of the lushest images I have ever seen in a picture book. Don’t overthink the rhyming couplets (how many ways can […]

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Buttoned-up collars; small talk about the weather; raised pinky fingers at teatime; Mr Tiger has had enough. “He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be…wild”. Cue raised eyebrows and outrage from those around him keen on keeping up decorum and maintaining the status quo (note: not everyone feels this […]

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All Kinds of Cars by Carl Johanson

At a time when the world feels a bit incomprehensible, I bring you a book that is an unadulterated, colourful, whimsical confection. Galactic bus, dinosaur car, cake car — you name it and Swedish Illustrator, Carl Johanson, has dreamed it up in All Kinds of Cars. It’s a catalogue of vehicles real and surreal, a […]

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

The politics of brotherhood: fraught with emotional landmines, resentments and arbitrary rules, yet full of unquestioning loyalty and fiercely protective (if sometimes reluctant) love. Rules of Summer is simultaneously a pictorial paean to the fact that we sometimes behave in the most destructive ways with the people we are the closest to, and an advocate […]

Home by Carson Ellis

When I was studying at university one of my professors pointed out something both really simple and really profound. He said the things that are most global are also the most local — for example Coca Cola is possibly the world’s most recognisable brand but it is also a franchise, so it tastes different depending on […]

This just in from…Marc Martin

Marc Martin has been kind enough to put my mind at ease. Those of you who read my recent review of Marc Martin’s A River may remember my foot note: The river looks like the Thames to me and interestingly, our narrator’s lines on the opening page, “There is a river outside my window. From where […]

On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies

Big Friends — the kind of friend you get lost in, love fiercely, feel is somehow exclusively your own — that’s what Birt and Etho are to each other. Every day, Birt and Etho each lug a boy-sized cardboard box up Sudden Hill. “Sometimes they’re kings, soldiers, astronauts. Sometimes they’re pirates sailing wild seas and skies. […]

A River by Marc Martin

Where do we go when we are so lost in thought or creative endeavour that time no longer seems to exist? This is the journey we take in A River. The stage for this story is set in the endpapers. A little girl sits in her room at her desk surrounded by artifacts from exotic locales, […]

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

Quiet. Gentle. Subtle. Sidewalk Flowers reminds us wordlessly that there is beauty in the banal waiting to be spotted and treasured and shared. The red-hooded little girl we follow in this book seems to innately understand this as she walks through a grey city with her distracted father, seeking out dandelions and thistle, colour poking […]