Chromatopia – review

Chromatopia covers the history of colour development from prehistoric times, right up to new pigments being developed in later years.

Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders – review

Migrations is a lovely pocket sized book, filled with images and words from illustrators which encourage the viewer to mull on what it means to leave for a new, maybe safer, future. As relevant now as it was a few years ago at the start of its journey.

Mum’s Jumper – review

There are few things more heartbreaking or traumatic for a child than to lose a parent. Mum’s Jumper attempts to tackle this agonising scenario, by telling the story of a girl trying to understand and cope with the death of her mother.

Cassandra Darke – review

Featuring an unlikely female anti-hero who is well into middle age and has hardly any redeeming features, with this graphic novel Posy Simmonds has put her finger on the zeitgeist, presenting to the reader a world no longer sure of itself, where pigeons always come home to roost.

Illuminatlas – review

This clever and intricate set of illustrations is a feast of interactive images in a relatively slim volume, bursting with facts and providing the reader with an immersive, surprising and fun experience.

The Power and Influence of Illustration – review

An extensively illustrated tome from Alan Male, who writes authoritatively on the subject, moving through eras to provide a survey that focuses specifically on the notion of the message, impact and significance of illustration.

The Graphic Design Reader – review

This scholarly and engaging collection of key readings provides an excellent body of work for those who wish to understand how the subject of graphic design is moving from a field towards a discipline.

What Does the Crocodile Say? – review

What Does the Crocodile Say? focuses on the first day of nursery, and kicks off introducing sounds with ‘The alarm clock goes Dringg Dringg’. This repetition of words carries on throughout the book – great for reading aloud.

Lichen – review

An affecting tale of a reindeer herdsman on an epic journey involving a snipey sprite, a vicious one eyed bear and a mysterious woman. All strikingly drawn by Stuart Kolakovic.

Mega Meltdown – review

Jack Tite’s book offers loads of information on this Ice Age time of frozen oceans and ice-sheeted land, and of the supersized animals that adapted to live over this period.

The Book of Pebbles – review

Written by Christopher Stocks and illustrated by Angie Lewin, this a publication on pebbles which engages and delights the eye and the mind.

Step Into Your Power – review

Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins have produced a friendly guide to being a person in the modern world, and traversing the difficulties that can prevent us from achieving our dreams.

Festival Folk – review

Most people across the world will have experienced a folk festival, and in many places ancient folk traditions are still lived, loved and experienced in the modern day. Rob Flowers illuminates these often fantastical events in this colour packed book.

Il Gioielli di Elsa – review

An unassuming gem of a book – the pictures in Elsa’s Jewels remix piles of cinema, literary, art references, continuously reworking ideas, turning them upside down and inside out.

A History of Pictures: for Children – Review

This Illustrated (by Rose Blake) book, previously published for adults, is directed at a new audience – taking young readers through a journey of Art History from 15,000 BCE cave drawings to present day in the company of David Hockney and Martin Gayford

Circle – review

Klassen uses light and dark brilliantly as a way to aid the narration and add contrast to the page spreads in this story of friends uniquely shaped playing a game of hide and seek.

Fanatical About Frogs – review

The book brings Owen Davey’s distinctive visual style to the frog world, revealing the (sometimes slightly yucky) attributes of frog species across the world.

Stagdale – review

In the first part of Stagdale, nostalgia is as vivid as the swallows that dart about in the cauldron heat of the summer of 1975. The drawing style and character design of this credible world combines modulated lines with delicate textures and sumptuous colour with somber tones.

Popshot Quarterly: The Identity Issue – Review

This Spring issue of Popshot Quarterly Magazine has taken care not to present one unifying perspective. Instead, the writers seem to take part in a compassionate sharing exercise, the human voice in each text emboldened by the candidness of the one before it.

The People Awards – review + interview

Illustrated by Ana Albero, this book celebrates equality with a set of ‘Awards’. Peter Allen speaks to Ana about the project – “I learnt that I have the endurance to complete much more extensive projects than I thought”.

Your Mind Is Like The Sky – review

How can mindfulness be presented to a child? And what is the solution to visualising mental health? Subtitled A First Book of Mindfulness, this book explains the idea to children with soft, subtle images from Laura Carlin.

In Blossom – review

Cat and Dog meet on a bench. The story and ambiguous end of the narrative suggests a book best enjoyed as part of a discussion of the subjects of friendship, thoughtfulness and relationships.

The Ink House – review

If you are an inker, a lover of traditional brush and pen methods or have aspirations to dabble in this medium then you will enjoy this book. The story doesn’t make a great deal of sense, but it doesn’t really need to, as it is whimsical, imaginative and fictional.

The Ear – review

With excellent illustrations and a story that foregrounds listening and empathy, The Ear depicts a journey to discovering self-worth for an appendage detached from her head.

Emmett and Caleb – review

For this story of two friends, Renon’s illustrations are produced in a very subtle style and colour scheme, and set a calm and steady tone which carry the words of the story brilliantly.

Shhh! – review

Barroux has created a lovely slow-down bedtime book, with a little boy’s animal toys leading the way to dreamland.

Treasure Hunt House – review

If you’ve ever wanted to shrink yourself down and explore a doll’s house, this book is for you. There’s a fun dimension added by the flaps throughout the book, which reveal interesting facts and help you solve the riddles on each page.