Posts by James @Magpie_That

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Luke Pearson – Nobrow

I discovered Nobrow through my obsession with Flying Eye Books. Now I am obsessed by everything Nobrow. Last week I finally bought one of the Hilda books, Hilda and the Bird Parade, which I will be featuring on the blog soon. I loved it, Hilda is a fantastic character. If you read my blog or follow me on twitter you’ll probably know that I recently became the father of twins, 1 boy and 1 girl.

My mission is to create a vast library of amazing books for them to indulge in. I seek out books with strong female characters, books that challenge, books that are beautiful, books that are educational, books that funny and sad, books that are surprising and unpredictable.

Hilda is exactly the kind of character I want my son and daughter to read about. She is adventerous, courageous, kind and inquisitive.

Check out this video by Luke Pearson.

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Beware of the Frog by William Bee

I found this book at the South Bank Book Market. I’m drawn to this market like a moth to a flame. Often I walk away empty handed, but every now and then I find a gem. I have a large collection of faded Penguin paperback classics on a shelf somewhere.

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At some point this year I stumbled across this book by William Bee. I had seen it on a blog somewhere before, so I picked it up and flicked my way through it. I found the illustrations charming and funny. The text is beautiful and made me smile. I bought it immediately.

It’s one of those picture books I pull off the shelf regularly and it makes me smile each and every time. I’ve read it to children at school and it is always received well.

Apart from a slightly faded patch on the front cover, I found it in almost perfect condition. I think I like it more because of this as it comes with a memory attached to it, rather than a knock on the door followed by an impatient delivery man wedging it through it a small space while I attempt to reach the door. (Waving fist in the air)

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An Egg Is Quiet By Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long

Everything you wanted to know about the secret world of eggs. This is a beautiful book to feast your eyes on. The illustrations, layout and typography are gorgeous.  This is a fantastic book to teach children (and adults) everything they need to know about eggs. An Egg Is Quiet will intrigue young minds and encourage a love of science.

I’ve used this book many times for guided reading sessions and the book has always inspired awe and wonder from the children around the table.

It’s also great to draw from. I have used it as a stimulus for art lessons and a resource for observational drawing in science lessons.

There are 3 other titles in this series. Check them out here.

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Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos

From Roman Holiday to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, when Audrey Hepburn starred in a movie, she lit up the screen. Her unique sense of fashion, her grace, and, most important, her spirit made her beloved by generations. But her life offscreen was even more luminous. As a little girl growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, she learned early on that true kindness is the greatest measure of a person—and it was a lesson she embodied as she became one of the first actresses to use her celebrity to shine a light on the impoverished children of the world through her work with UNICEF.

This is Audrey Hepburn as a little girl, an actress, an icon, an inspiration; this is Audrey just being Audrey.

- Harper Collins