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Hilda & The Black Hound by Luke Pearson

The city of Trolberg has yet more secrets to unravel in an adventure where Hilda discovers her world is not quite held together in the way she thought it was…

Hilda is sat in her tent, dwarfed by volumes of the Greater Fjords Wildlife Chronicles with a flashlight and her restless companion, Twig. But Hilda’s not in the Fjords and it isn’t raining. Hilda’s pitched a tent in her room and it’s been days since she’s been out.

In Hilda’s new adventure, she meets the Nisse: a mischievous but charismatic bunch of misfits who occupy a world beside – but, also somehow within – our own and where the rules of physics don’t quite match up. Meanwhile, on the streets of Trolberg, a dark specter looms…

- Nobrow

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The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Yana Sedova

One of the best loved of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, this retelling of The Snow Queen is both delightful and accessible.

These timeless, classic stories have been gloriously illustrated and made accessible for younger children to read alone, or for all the family to enjoy together. This fresh approach brings the stories and their characters to life. There are also special pages giving background detail to set the scene of each story.

When the Snow Queen abducts her friend Kai, Gerda sets out on a perilous and magical journey to find him.

- Barnes & Noble

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Before After By Matthias Arégui, Anne-Margot Ramstein

A beautiful, smart and graphic picture book that explores the theme of before and after.

Everyone knows that a tiny acorn into a mighty oak grows, and a caterpillar emerges into a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it’s also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong. Just as day turns into night and back again, a many-tiered cake is both created and eaten down to a single piece. With simple, graphic illustrations sure to appeal to even the youngest of children, this smart exploration of the fascinating theme of before and after will please the most discerning adult readers, too.

- Walker Books

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Knight Night by Owen Davey

Going to bed is a great adventure for one little boy in this charming tale. It might seem like he’s putting his toys away, brushing his teeth and climing into bed, but actually he’s riding thorugh a hallway forest, jumping over bathroom crocodiles and climbing a castle wall – no wonder he’s exhausted and falls straight to sleep!

- Templar

Check out Owen Davey’s website to see more of his work.

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Sidney, Stella and the Moon by Emma Yarlett

I love Emma Yarlett’s style of illustration. The characters are fantastic, the typography is playful and the colours are so rich and vibrant.

The stories she invents are fantastic also. I particularly like this one, as I have my own Sidney & Stella in the making. Only their names are Reggie & Chloe.

Sidney and Stella do everything together… except share!

This debut picture book is a tour-de-force of the imagination by exciting new talent Emma Yarlett. Twins Sidney and Stella love doing everything together… everything except sharing. When a quarrel over a bouncy ball spells moon-sized disaster, the twins must face their biggest ever challenge: working together to find a new moon!

- Templar

Check out Emma’s blog. She has some gorgeous prints you can buy.

Also, check out here 2nd picture book Orion & the Dark.

Emma created a festive magpie for me the other day, check it out.

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