Exclusive Sneak Peek at – Hypnotize a Tiger by Calef Brown

Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at Calef Brown’s new book, Hypnotize a Tiger – a collection of nonsense poetry accompanied by his delightful illustrations.

If you’re not familiar with Calef Brown, here’s a little introduction. Calef is a Poet, an illustrator, a character designer and a children’s book creator. He has written and illustrated Polkabots and Octopus Slacks, Hallowilloween, Dutch Sneakers and Flea Keepers, and Flamingos on the Roof, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

This new book is the first longer-format, middle-grade poetry collection by Calef, his others have been in the picture book form.

I’ve been a huge fan of Calef Brown for a long time. Recently we became acquainted through the magic of twitter and Calef did this spectacular magpie for me.

Calef Brown

Calef Brown

He very kindly arranged for an advanced copy of his new book to be sent across the Atlantic Ocean for me. I’m very grateful.

Published 17 March 2015


Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales Selected and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

Originally published in 1991, this stunning collection of classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by internationally acclaimed artist Lisbeth Zwerger, has been expanded with three stories. It is also completely redesigned in the same handsome format as the artist’s recently published Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, and The Wizard of Oz. The artist has selected eleven of her favorite tales-familiar stories such as “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Nightingale,” as well as lesser-known stories, such as “The Sandman,” “The Jumpers,” and “The Rose Tree Regiment.” All are illustrated with Zwerger’s signature style-marked by wit, grace, elegant simplicity, and insouciant charm.

Available from Amazon


Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out…

Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet.

- Harper Collins


Robot Zombie Frankenstein! By Annette Simon

I came across Annette Simon a while ago. I found her book Mocking Birdies on another blog somewhere. I read how it was created using QuarkXPress (which is software for desktop publishing and design). I found this really interesting; the book has a quality and aesthetic unlike any other picture book out there.


I posted it on Magpie That about a year ago. To my surprise, a couple of weeks ago Annette emailed me through the About page of my blog. We sent some emails back and forth and I told her how I love her book and I really like that she created it using Quark.

Annette told me she has two other picture books that she has illustrated using QuarkXPress, and she arranged for Walker Books to send me the one that is published in the UK.

The book has, possibly, the BEST title of any book in the whole world.

Robot Zombie Frankenstein!

Not a bed time story! But a fast-paced book with robots, zombies, pirates and. . . pie!

Geometric shapes are arranged into two robots, two robots with the minds of young evil genius’. They take it in turns to outdo each other as they become Robot Zombie, Robot Zombie Frankenstein, Robot Zombie Frankenstein Pirate. Where will it end? With Pie, perhaps.

Click here to get your hands an awesome Robot Zombie Activity Sheet from Annette’s website.


TiN by Chris Judge

TiN is looking after his little sister nickel one afternoon when she grabs hold of a balloon and floats away! Tin and his dog Zinc set off in hot pursuit as she floats towards the big city.
Can they rescue her before she drifts too far?

- Chris Judge

This is the first picture book by Chris Judge that I have seen, although I have had my eye on two of his other books for a while.

Beast1 Beast2

TiN is a fun-filled story with lovable characters and gorgeous illustrations, with a mix of layouts –  there are beautiful vertical panels and detailed double page spreads to get lost in.

TiN is published by Andersen Press