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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.

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The Whale by Ethan and Vita Murrow

Giant Whale or Giant Hoax

The Whale is the story of two young whale watchers, who are on the lookout for the legend of the Great Spotted Whale. Determined to get solid, undisputable proof of its existence, they set off in their boats. Amidst the chaos of the stormy weather, their boats collide. When this happens, the two boys put their equipment together and work as a team to try and find the giant whale.

The Whale is a wordless picture book, illustrated in fine detail with graphite pencils. The book reads like frames of an analogue film reel. The style of illustration, the sense of adventure, the mythical legend of the Giant Whale and the beautifully drawn analogue equipment all help to give the reader a cinematic experience.

Published by Big Picture Press

Release date – September

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Captain Falsebeard in a Very Fishy Tale by Fred Blunt

Get your pirate on!

Turn one hand into a hook, close one eye and follow these rules that I have borrowed from yarr.org.uk:

Double up on all your adjectives and you’ll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of “a big ship”, they call it a “great, grand ship!” They never say never, they say “No nay ne’er!”

Drop all your “g”‘s when you speak and you’ll get words like “rowin'”, “sailin'” and “fightin'”. Dropping all of your “v”‘s will get you words like “ne’er”, “e’er” and “o’er”.

Instead of saying “I am”, sailors say, “I be”. Instead of saying “You are”, sailors say, “You be”. Instead of saying, “They are”, sailors say, “They be”. Ne’er speak in anythin’ but the present tense!

Arr.. By the powers! This hearty, booty of a book be worth a treasure chest of pieces of eight! Etc, etc…

Everyone loves a good pirate name. But I absolutely love this one – Captain Falsebeard, I love how ludicrous that is. Fred Blunt’s character design is brilliant, I find it hilarious that he has this ginger false beard that’s always half attached to his bald, smooth face.

In the story we meet Captain Flasebeard and his archenemy Admiral Swinetoes. Captain Falsebeard discovers the legendary Crossbone treasure. But Admiral Swinetoes comes up with a cunning plan to take it from him.
Will Falsebeard be able to retrieve it again? I won’t give away the ending.

This is Fred Blunt’s debut picture book and it is very, very funny with wonderful illustrations and a great story. Highly recommended.

Published by Puffin.

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Check out the magpie he did for me.

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Let’s Go Outside by Katja Spitzer

A pocket-sized vocabulary guide for the budding gardener in the family, there are lots of words to learn all about the garden environment.

The eye-catching illustrations with their bright colours and funky outlines set this apart from your average, run of the mill ‘word book’ – this is Flying Eye Books’ take on it & as you can expect with them, when they do something they do it properly. It’s also presented beautifully in mini hardback book format.

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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood – a story of renewal and revelation.

– Published by First Second Books

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This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, Illustrated by Julie Morstad

This is Sadie – From the duo that brought us the incredible picture books, When You Were Small, Where You Came From and When I Was Smal.

This is Sadie is another beautifully written, child-centred picture book by Sara O’Leary, delicately and exquisitely illustrated by the brilliant Julie Morstad.

Again Sara O’Leary manages to see through the eyes of a child to deliver another inventive and playful concept.

In this story, Sadie, a little girl with an enormous imagination, imagines herself living under the sea, as a boy raised by wolves, as a girl having adventures in wonderland and visiting the world of fairytales.

This is a wonderful story that demonstrates the power of the imagination and shows us that it has no bounds.

Published by Tundra Books.