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What is a Child? By Beatrice Alemagna

Beatrice Alemagna is an exciting artist who creates beautiful and intriguing picture books.

What is a Child? Is her latest gift to the world of children’s books. What is a Child? Reads like poetry. Reading her words reminds us grownups what childhood is. What it is like to be a child, through their eyes and thoughts. In the same way it makes you realise how peculiar adults can be. Children are innately honest and express themselves freely without fear of judgement. This is a book that makes you stop and reflect for some time after the jacket has been closed. Beautiful.

The illustrations are extraordinary strange and captivating. The compositions reflect the openness of the words, capturing the characters in carefree moments of everyday life.

Published by Tate Publishing.

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Quick Quack Quentin by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

After the enormous success of Oi Frog and How Many Legs? Kes Grey and Jim Field are back! And as you would expect, their latest picture book, Quick Quack Quentin, is both wonderfully witty and ceaselessly clever. I’m always struck by the inventiveness of Kes Grey’s writing.

Quentin loses the A in his quack but the doctor only has the letters D O C T E and R, none of which will fix Quentin’s ill-fitting qu_ck. So he optimistically waddles off to the farm. No luck there either. However, Dog kindly offer him his O, he tries it out for size – Quock! But that doesn’t quite sound right, does it?. Quentin is offered other letters from other sympathetic animals. Unhappy with his strange sounding – qu ck, quock, queck, he goes to the zoo to try his luck there.

As you can imagine, this picture book is a great one to read aloud. Guaranteed to make those little ones chuckle. Especially, when paired with the wonderfully illustrated characters of Jim Field’s creative mind.

It’s also a fun and engaging way to develop your child’s knowledge of phonics.

Highly recommended by Mr Magpie.

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Release date: February 11th

Published by Hodder’s Children’s books

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How to Find Gold By Viviane Schwarz

I get a lot of books in the post; it can be hard to keep up with them at times. Not that I am complaining, I get so much joy from them all. But, every now and then I open a package; pull out a book and recognise the distinctive style of one of my favourite illustrators and I become incredibly excited. For me, Viviane Schwarz is one of those illustrators; her books are innovative and inspired, filled with imaginative story lines and fascinating characters. So, as you can imagine I was very happy to find this on kitchen table when I got home from school.

It’s a book about friendship and imaginative play that depicts the spirit of childhood adventure.

Published by Walker Books.

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Alphadoodler by Jan Bajtlik

Alphadoodler is an activity book children and typography nerds, created by graphic designer Jan Bajtlik.
The book is filled with activities for children to draw, scribble, cut, stick, paint and design.

The book is beautifully put together; it is exactly the kind of book that I want my children to get stuck into. They might have to prise it from my fingers first though.

Published by Tate Publishing.

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Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis

This is Alan – he’s an alligator – notorious for his BIG, scary teeth. He loves nothing more than sneaking into the jungle and scaring all of the jungle animals. But, Alan has a secret… his BIG, scary teeth are not his own. Every day, Alan has a warm, mud bath. While bathing in his muddy pool, Alan likes to remove his BIG, scary (false) teeth. To Alan’s horror, his teeth go missing. What will he do now? Will he be able to frighten the animals without them?

Children will delight in this surreal story and its silliness.

Available in paperback on February 4th 2016.

Published by Walker Books.