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Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Britta Teckentrup

I’m a big fan of Britta Teckentrup’s contribution to the world of picture books. Her illustrations have something of the old and something of the new about them that I find very appealing. Her books feel timeless, gimmick free and always rich in content.

This book has a simple premise, as we turn the pages of the book we see the life-cycle of the tree unfold and the animals that accompany it at different times during the rolling tides of the seasons.

The rhyming text that nestles at the bottom of each page reads like poetry, adding a gentle melody to the book as it is read aloud.

The design of the book is a thing of beauty, the same image is repeated on each page with subtle changes in colour and hue, with new animals appearing in and around the tree. Day turns to night, Spring turns to Summer, Summer turns to Autumn and Autumn turns to Winter.

Highly recommended.

Published by Little Tiger Press Group.

Check out the magpie she illustrated for me a while back.

Britta Magpie

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Poo in the Zoo by Steve Smallman, Illustrated by Ada Grey

Zoo Keeper Bob is exhausted. There’s too much poo in the zoo – and he’s the one who has to scoop it up. Then one day, a mysterious glowing poo appears! Could it be alien poop from outer space? And what on EARTH will Bob do with it?

Published by Little Tiger Press

What kid doesn’t love talking and laughing about the subject of Poo?

Fun story, with rhyming text and lot’s of wordplay. The illustrations deliver a hefty, steaming dollop of humour.

Young ones will get a kick out it being read aloud to them.

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Elephants by Steve Bloom

A fact-filled visual treat for wildlife fans, features eighty superb full-colour photographs.

Elephants, Steve Bloom’s latest photographic exploit, explores the fascinatingly intimate lives of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Bloom offers the reader an insight into elephants and the natural world in general, with 80 images spanning five chapters of breath-taking wildlife photography, examining areas from their daily routines to their relationships with humans.

Ever wondered how much elephants eat, or why they roll in mud? The book’s introduction by children’s author David Henry Wilson tells you all you need to know about the animal in a child-friendly, super-informative way. Entertaining and dramatic, Elephants also has an educational aspect and will be highly popular with all wildlife enthusiasts.

– Thames & Hudson

Published August 17

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Little Honey Bee by Jane Ormes

A counting book with a difference. Learn the names of flowers and count them as you go. There are 25 lift flaps to uncover and then discover the creatures underneath them.

Beautifully presented with stunning illustrations. This is a fantastic book to inspire an interest in nature and to develop those counting skills.

Then go and impress your teachers with your ability to use specific nouns for a variety of flower types.

Published by Big Picture Press.

Release date: September

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Whatever Happened to my Sister? By Simona Ciraolo

A picture book about two sisters, one becoming a young adult and the other left baffled and hurt by the sudden change in behaviour towards her.

No longer does the older sister want to play games with her or spend time with her like she used to. The older sibling now spends her time on the phone to friends or behind a slammed shut bedroom door. However, when it comes to the crunch, her older sister is there for her and that bond is still unbreakable.

The book tells the story of that difficult transition sympathetically from both sides, it is told in a way that is reassuring and comforting for the younger sibling, while having a humorous tone throughout.

Published by Flying Eye Books.

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Polar Bear’s Underwear by tupera tupera

tupera tupera is the Tokyo-based art and design firm of artists Tatsuya Kameyama and Atsuko Nakagawa.

This is a laugh-out-loud novelty book, that children will love reading over and over again.

What has Polar bear done with his underwear? Turn the pages to reveal many different pairs of underwear, but who do they belong to? Turn the page again to reveal the rightful owners.

Unusual shape and size with a fun underwear sleeve to remove, cut out reveals and wonderful illustrations make this a must have book for your collection.

Published by Chronicle Books.

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The School of Art by Teal Triggs & Daniel Frost

This is a fantastic book – a book I would have treasured growing up, when I was studying art. In this book we are given 40 art & design lessons by 5 different tutors with different specialisms in art & design. After each lesson there is an activity to help hone your skills.

The lessons all focus on the basic principles of art – composition, colour, line, shape and perspective.

The book is presented beautifully in a hardback square format with stylised illustrations throughout and infographics to help visualise the lessons and activities.

Published by Wide Eyed Editions.