How Things Work by OKIDO

Stylised Illustrations and stunning design on every page … it has a prize position on my family’s bookcase. Science and art taught though play and activities. It’s another wonderful book by people who understand what children (and adults) want. I’m a huge fan of OKIDO, this has strengthened my admiration for what they do.

If you have kids, nephews, nieces, little brothers or sisters, friends with kids, god children, friends who are teachers, graphic designers, scientists or illustrators – this is the perfect gift!

I give it the magpie seal of approval.

Published by Thames & Hudson

Publishing date April 13th 2015


TIM ALL ALONE by Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone, Illustrator of more than 170 much-loved children’s books, was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956 and the CBE in 1971. He died in 1979.

His simple adventure stories are warmly coloured by the gentle humour of his classic pen and ink drawings.

Tim arrives home after a long holiday to find that his parents have vanished. He is determined to search, if necessary, the whole wide world, until he has found them.

– Frances Lincoln


Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate By David Lucas

Thanks to Flying Eye Books, the work of David Lucas has been brought to my attention. After doing some research I found that the lovely people at Walker Books had published some of his earlier books. Here is the first of 2 features. Thanks again to Walker for sending me these wonderful books.

I’m a huge fan of David’s illustrations. They look as though they’ve been carved from wood or stitched together.

I’m putting this post together while scoffing some Galaxy chocolate and drinking a seemingly bottomless mug of tea. Maybe I should heed to the warning of this cautionary tale and step away from the chocolate and tea.

By the way, don’t worry; Grendel & his mother are far more pleasant in David Lucas’ story than their previous performance in the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf.

Grendel loves his mum and Grendel loves his dog, but most of all Grendel loves CHOCOLATE! When he is magically granted three wishes, what does he wish for? More chocolate of course! He gets rather more than he asks for when his whole world turns to chocolate and starts to melt… Whatever can he do? This fresh and fun re-telling of the Midas story has a message for us all – be careful what you wish for!

Walker Books


Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi

What if all the things you ever lost, each valuable possession you vowed to treasure but could not keep safe, all the misplaced items you never found, were all to re-appear?

Gerald is a postman, much like many other postmen. One day, having lost a precious and personal item, he visits his local lost and found. Only to find far more than he bargained for, because in this “self storage”, each and every one of Gerald’s lost possessions has been kept and contained. How each item got there and why they were under one roof was a mystery. But they were all there…



Wild About Shapes by Jérémie Fischer

Flick through this mystery trail where shapes resemble animals and animals resemble shapes. This beautifully crafted book is playfully designed so that animals hide and reveal themselves within pages of overlapping colour and alternating pages of printed acetate. Jérémie Fischer’s use of bold block colour and cleverly manipulated form will delight and fascinate readers of all ages.

Flying Eye Books


Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

Salina Yoon has written/illustrated over 100 books for children and won numerous awards.
Stormy Night is a perfect bed time story for a cold and dreary night.
Salina Yoon’s illustrations are bold and colourful. There is something very inviting about the simplicity it.
When thunder shakes his house and rain pounds the windows, Bear is frightened. But comforting his Mama, Papa and Floppy helps make the storm seem not as scary. Before Bear knows it, the storm has passed, because even storms need their sleep … and so do bears.