The Day Fin Flooded The World – review

One night Fin remembers do everything the correct way before his bedtime, but alas he forgets one very important thing! Karl Foster reviews Adam Stower’s new book.

The Girl Who Became a Tree – review

Written in verse, this is the story of Daphne, a girl feeling loss and uncertainty, who seeks comfort and security in a library, where the books and her phone block out the world around her.

An Illustrated History of UFOs – review

An Illustrated History of UFOS is an ideal choice of ground for Boardman to demonstrate his skill at interpreting a subject whose mythology is constructed upon a confusion of fact and fiction

The Pocket Chaotic – review

A sweet story about breaking free from a parent, The Pocket Chaotic is a fun story with sprightly illustrations that is great to read out loud and may encourage little ones to explore new environments.

Abbatt Toys – review

Abbatt Toys was founded by Paul and Marjorie Abbatt in the early 1930s, and there are many images throughout the substantial book showing a range of period photographs, plans, sketches and products.

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales – review

With Gender Swapped Fairy Tales, Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett give an ingenious update to these familiar stories. Their aim for children “to grow up in a world where little girls can be powerful and where little boys can express their vulnerability without anger.”

One of a Kind – review

‘One Of A Kind’, a picture book by Neil Packer is an excellent publication that allows you to stop, be still and take the time to think. Inside our protagonist is a youngster called Arvo, whose journey takes us from Linnaean nomenclature to the Dewey decimal system by way of aspects of time and space.

The Problem With Pierre – review

Living next to one another in a brick terrace, Alan and Bertram are friends and neighbours who have contrasting lifestyles. How will Pierre, Bertram’s new cat, react to his minimalist new home? Does Alan’s appear more cosy?

Beneficial Shock – issue 5 review

The theme for this issue is SECRETS & LIES. The Features articles drill down into the conceits that are inherent in the very structure of film, and how classic and modern narratives are shaped by geo-political, cultural and societal upheavals.

I Am Not A Label – review

The biographies are diverse, from musicians and actors to athletes and scientists; each one a shining example of human excellence and ambition. Author Burnell’s awareness and thoughtfulness is always at the fore.

The Fundamentals of Illustration – review

By reading this, aspiring illustrators will feel far more confident in their subject knowledge and will have an idea of what they need to do in order to develop themselves into a creative professional, who has the required practical skills and aptitude for a successful career.

Vic Lee’s Corona Diary

Lee’s Corona Diary is a reflection and reminder of what we’ve been through, via the lens of a visual artist who was compelled to take up his brush and document the worst global crisis of recent times.

Don’t Buy This Book – review

Although aimed at a broad range of creative entrepreneurs, illustrators will recognise much of what is proposed and the ‘can-do’ attitude of the writing may well give the impetus to take the suggested actions. It examines what the ‘Why’ of your project/aims is; setting goals; the customer journey, competitors and what your USP is.

This Book is Anti-Racist – review

Reviewer Karl Foster believes that This Book Is Anti-Racist will help children to help their elders to understand the inequities of racial prejudice and the work necessary to help them to ‘change their minds.’

Calm Down Zebra

Calm Down Zebra is written by Lou Kuenzler and illustrated by Julia Woolf, and follows on from Not Yet Zebra, another fun rhyming book for early learners. To continue, the same enthusiastic zebra is back, says reviewer Louise Date, and helping Annie teach her little brother all about colours and how to use them, sometimes with a little too much zeal!

The Bird Within Me – review

Writer and Artist Sara Lundberg’s story takes place on a farm in the spare landscape of rural Sweden in the 1920’s and is inspired by the paintings, letters and diaries of the artist Berta Hansson. It begins when Berta is young and standing at a crossroads in her life. Our hero has to decide whether to stay or go.

Portrait of an Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe – review

Georgia O’Keeffe is often labelled the ‘Mother of American Modernism’, and this portrait of one of the best known female artists of all time seeks to open children’s eyes to her achievements as a trailblazer.

Scruff – review

This charming tale from Alice Bowsher has her curly haired/bearded hero feeling the need for a canine companion. He’s not that fussed what it will look like, as he’s a scruffy kind of guy himself.

Protest! A History of Social and Political Protest Graphics – review

This comprehensive book feels very contemporary, documenting as it does the imagery of protest from the social comment of the Reformation in the 1500’s to the civil rights movements. Also covering Women’s Liberation, AIDS, LGBTQ campaigns, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, Pussy Riot and more from recent decades.

Lights on Cotton Rock – review

David Litchfield’s Lights on Cotton Rock is a fantastic book, aimed at children between 4 and 7, but visually compelling and beautifully created – something lovely for anyone to read and admire.

Ways of Drawing – review

In Ways of Drawing we are able to glimpse the personal, reflective and in some cases passionate evocation of the compulsion to make sense of the world through mark-making.

Queer Heroes – review

Sarah Tanat-Jones’ vibrant portraits in Queer Heroes use colour and pattern to add dynamism to the characters and page layout, making the publication a lively introduction to the many achievements of LGBTQ people.

History of Illustration – review

History of Illustration is an achievement which the illustration community – and industry – can only benefit from; not only as a thorough reference resource, but as a laying down of the importance of our art-form, and what it has achieved over centuries (and more) in one publication.

Hoot and Howl Across the Desert – review

Informative text and bright, sometimes playful illustrations, make for a great book on deserts and the life they contain and support, that will delight many children.


The Garden of Inside-Outside – review

Written by Chiara Mezzalama Illustrated by Régis Lejonc Published by Book Island ISBN 978-1-911496-16-8 Reviewed by Karl Andy Foster This is a story that sets out its context carefully as..

The Golden Cage – review

The story of an obsessive Emperor’s daughter who demands extraordinary birds. She wants a talking bird to fill the golden cage.


This book could be a key resource for you if you’re a lover of the outdoors and have thought about brushing up on your practical skills for when we’re able to once again freely roam the world. Click to read the full review!