It’s time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn’t as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama’s message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favourite children’s game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.
Q & A with Mac Barnett
The book is called Leo, and it’s a ghost story, and I’m very excited for it.
James: You and Jon Klassen have worked together on two inspired picture books, can we hope for this to be a career long collaboration? Like the Tim Burton and Jonny Depp of the picture book form.
Mac: I’m pretty certain we’ll be making more books together. Jon’s one of my closest friends, and so working with him is rewarding in a very particular way.
James: As a teacher I find myself surrounded by bland children’s books. When the book fair arrives and sets up their pop up shop in the hall I am always disappointed that not one original book sits amongst the shelves. The book corners in the classrooms were filled with drab novels and naff picture books. I decided I would put a list together to improve the situation. It’s surprising how many educators of children are not aware of how brilliant the art form can be. I hope my blog is helping to back up your picture book proclamation in a small way.
Mac: It’s true. There are a lot of terrible children’s books. There are a lot of terrible books for adults, too. But for a lot of complicated reasons—scarcity of adult expertise in kids’ books, pervasive wrongheaded notions of what stories for children “should” or “must” do, market pressures on stores and publishers and writers—with kids’ books, it can feel like the whole art form is defined by its least interesting output—that everything is moralizing and singsong and Freytag’s triangle. That’s not so. In fact, I think it’s possible we’re entering a new golden age of picture books. Daring, fascinating, provocative, beautiful books are coming out in great number. I’m glad you’re helping people find them, James.
James: Your talks and books have inspired me greatly. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, I am very grateful.
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Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Whether you’re visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of any age.
Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every destination. With epic adventures from the four corners of the globe and discoveries to be made on your own doorstep, this book will inspire you to set off on your own journey of discovery.
The Day The Crayons Quit” has been shortlisted in the younger children category of the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Award. The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. It is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, and sponsored by Red House.
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From acclaimed artist Charlotte Voake comes a perfectly paced, wickedly dark, laugh-out-loud picture book about very unsuitable pets!
There are certain animals that make suitable pets, like a cat, a dog or a guinea pig. Then there are other animals that definitely make unsuitable pets, like an octopus, a warthog or an elephant. They are much too large, too messy and, well, just a tad free-spirited. They also have a tendency to break things … like floors, ceilings and tables. But can you guess what makes the most unsuitable pet ever? Here’s a clue … he has a long, scaly green tail and very sharp teeth.