All Kinds of Cars by Carl Johanson

All kinds of Cars is a catalogue of automobiles, from everyday cars to weird and wonderful vehicle creations from the imaginative mind of Swedish illustrator Carl Johanson. Amongst them, you’ll find an ambulance, a digger, a drilling rig, a banana car, a poo car, a snow plough and an amphibious vehicle to name a few.

It’s a seemingly simple concept that will fill both adults and children with joy. My personal favourite is the Mondrian car.

Published by Flying Eye Books.


Beautiful Birds Colouring Book Emmanuelle Walker

Lose yourself in a riot of colouring in as you bring these exotic birds to life!

Immerse yourself with Emmanuelle Walker’s wonderfully detailed bird illustrations. From Warblers to Blue-tits and Kakapos to Owls, colour in an alphabet of birds in their feathery fancies – perfect for all ages!

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Tough Guys Have Feelings Too By Keith Negley

I’ve read many articles recently about why it’s wrong to tell your children to ‘Man-Up!’ It’s confusing for a child who doesn’t yet understand what it means to be a man and the picture it illustrates is a narrow and limited one. The phrase can be translated as ‘toughen up’ but this suggests only men can be tough and we’re all well aware that isn’t true. It also suggests that men can’t show emotion and if they do it is a weakness. I don’t think any of us want our kids to grow up believing that, common sense tells us that can’t be healthy.


This book, with its array of tough men revealing their feelings, tells its young readers that they can be tough and have feelings too.

The message is light-hearted and conveyed with a touch of humour.

As well as all that the illustrations are a beast, isn’t that front cover amazing.

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.


Toby and the Ice Giants by Joe Lillington

There are two topics that are sure to grab a child’s attention, Dinosaurs and The Ice Age.

In this picture book we meet Toby the bison. Toby sets off on an adventure where he meets some of the ice giants that roam the world in this prehistoric time; wooly mammoth, wooly rhinoceros, magatherium, glyptodon, teratorn are just some of the ice giants he encounters. Each time Toby introduces himself and in return he learns something new about these great animals.

Gorgeous illustrations and a charming narrative run through the book with factual sidebars that run vertically up the pages, informing us of their diet, habitat and more. This book will inspire awe and wonder in your curious reader.

Another triumph by Flying Eye Books.

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

If you’ve not come across Emily Hughes before, you are in for a treat. Emily’s first book ‘Wild’ with Flying Eye Books was a best –selling hit! Check it out, it’s simply brilliant!

Equally fantastic is her latest picture book – The Little Gardener.

A story that reminds us to persevere no matter what

In this tale – there is a little gardener and his much treasured garden. He works and he works and he works at keeping on top of it. However, he just isn’t big enough for the task – or at least he doesn’t think he is.

In this picture book, Emily Hughes treats us to carefully designed and beautifully illustrated scenes that seem to be inspired by the intricate works of William Morris.

Each spread is rich in detail and bursting with magic and joy, for me Emily Hughes is one of the most exciting talents working with the picture book form.

Highly recommended!

Published by Flying Eye Books

Mad About Monkeys by Owen Davey

Owen Davey is an award-winning Illustrator. He has illustrated 3 outstanding picture books with Templar. He also illustrated the incredibly addictive puzzle game app TwoDots. His work has been published all over the world. I am a huge fan of Owen Davey’s contribution to the world of picture books, Laika remains one of my all time favourite picture books. When I heard he was teaming up with Flying Eye Books to publish Mad About Monkeys, it’s fair to say I was very excited to see the finished product.

Flying Eye Books always produce books to the highest standard and the concepts for their books are always interesting and different. This was always going to be a winning combination.

Mad About Monkeys is a fantastic educational resource that explores the wide variety of Monkeys from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill. The book is full of interesting facts and information about the different monkey’s behaviour, habitats and adaptations.