How to Catch a Mouse by Philippa Leathers

This sweet and funny picture book was published way back in May this year. Again, due to my whirlwind summer I’m a little behind on my blog posts. Alas, I will endeavour to catch up and review all of the beautiful books I have been sent over the last few months.

Philippa Leathers is the creator of a picture book that is a firm favourite of mine, ‘Black Rabbit’ (also published by Walker Books). Her books are illustrated beautifully and told with humour. Keep your eye on Philippa Leathers.

How to Catch a Mouse is a Tom and jerry tale without the slapstick violence. Clemmie, the adorable cat, who is of course brave and fearsome, would like to show just how skilled she is at catching mice. However, Clemmie hasn’t actually ever seen one.

Young readers will revel at spotting the cheeky, clandestine mouse, as it sneaks past the cat on each page.

Published by Walker Books.


Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption by José Domingo

So much joy to be found within the pages of this inventive comic book, José Domingo transitions from fast paced panels to double page ‘search and find’ spreads with ease for maximum reader enjoyment.

The story follows the adventure of two main characters; you guessed it – Pablo & Jane. Bored one rainy day, they go in search of some excitement.

They end up on a time travelling hot air balloon which takes them into the Monster Dimension. Trapped by the evil master mind Dr.Felinibus, Pablo and Jane must navigate their way through terrifying landscapes – Horrid Hawaii, Lopsided London, Terrifying Transylvania and other such awful corners of the Monster Dimension.

Published by Flying Eye Books.


Imelda and the Goblin King Briony May Smith

Feast your eyes on this beauty!

A picture book gem, polished and published by those creative wizards at the Flying Eye Books headquarters.

It has an enchanted forest, fairies, goblins, an evil Goblin King, a Fairy Queen, a human heroine, a kidnapping, and a good old-fashioned fairy tale plot, written beautifully and illustrated to perfection by the brilliant Briony May Smith.

This is one of my favourite picture books of 2015 and there have been some great books this year. I cannot recommend it enough.

Check out the wonderful magpie Briony illustrated for the blog.







Images taken from Matty Long’s website.

I love this debut picture book by Matty Long. It reminds me of great kids TV shows like, Adventure Time & Steven Universe. It makes me feel nostalgic about old school, platform Nintendo games from the 90’s.

The story follows the journey of five characters: A faun; a gnome; a fairy; a unicorn and a mushroom. They are on a quest to recover the Mystical Crystals of Life from the evil goblins. The book hosts a wealth of mad characters, from zombie bunnies to warrior penguins. What is not to love?

Published by Oxford University Press.


My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook: 50 Awesome Drawing Activities for Young Inventors by Andrew Rae and Lisa Regan

My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook is full of Andrew Rae’s fun-filled illustrations of wacky inventions that are surprisingly real inventions. The book has plenty of room for children to create their own mad inventions with prompts and inspiration to get those young minds ticking. This is an excellent idea for a book, and wonderfully put together.

Published by Laurence King.