My Worst Book Ever – review

This book is the result of two craftsmen at work – a rollercoaster ride of events describing one misfortune after another as Bruce and Allan attempt to write, illustrate then publish a book about a crocodile.

My Dad Is My Uncle’s Brother – Review

For a young child, understanding all the little nuances and quirks of human social behaviour must be bewildering. But this book will gently embed into their minds all the names we learn to give our relatives; auntie, nephew, cousin, step-dad etc.

Are You Sitting Comfortably? – review

As well as being great illustrations to view, these varied book illustrations by Edward Bawden are an inspiration in their strength of composition and sparing use of colour.

Looking After William – review + interview

Light, bright and happy, this is a charming story.”I was imagining a book where the words were opposite to the pictorial narrative, so that children could get a feeling of knowing something that their parent didn’t,” says Eve Coy.

That Fruit Is Mine! – review

What’s the best way to operate in the world – all by yourself or with a team of supportive pals? It’s elephants versus mice in this fun, charming story.

Reportage Illustration – review

With interest in Reportage continuing to grow, this book shows riveting work and provides a strong argument for the power of illustration as a witness and recorder of events through first hand observation.

L’Albero – review + interview

L’Albero is an exploration of trees that initiates children into the secrets of trees. Peter Allen talks to Caterina Gabelli of Studio Fludd about their experience of creating the book

Juniper Jupiter – review

It’s refreshing to see a female superhero, and especially a POC superhero, with a positive outlook. Although Juniper Jupiter finds that her job errs on the lonely side, and she sets off to find herself a side-kick. The only problem is finding one that matches her criteria.

Animals with Tiny Cat – review

Imagination is something that we really want to encourage in children. This book shows Tiny Cat exercising this faculty to marvelous effect. It’s about fun, and capitalizes on the curiosity inherent in cats to ensure the tale is engaging and inventive.

Can’t Catch Me! – review and interview

“I’m the fastest mouse in the world!” Simona Ciraolo’s illustrations are loose, dynamic and direct, and Jake the mouse shows pure joy in his face as he scoffs at every creature he meets. But what is his fate?

Robinson – review

The variety of compositions within the illustrations are key to the success of this story. Viewpoint, scale and colour are explored with each page turn as Peter explores his different worlds. Sís delicately explores the idea of friendship amongst children and how emotions can flip from joy to despair because of an unwanted remark.

Going To School – review

Going To School follows Rose and all she gets up to throughout the course of her day at school, making it so fun that it feels like we should all go back for a few more lessons.

The Night Gardener – review and interview

We talk to the Fan Brothers about their latest book where trees are being curiously transformed overnight by persons unknown, to the delight of the town and the story’s main character, an orphan boy.

Out, Out, Away From Here – review

A simple but effective tale illustrated using attractive shapes and symbolism to capture that which adults mostly forget. Sang Miao’s illustrations set the mood perfectly as the young protagonist navigates her world.

Young, Gifted and Black – review

This book provides ample evidence that black people are not a homogenized group, but rather individuals who have all had to overcome varying degrees of negativity to reach for success and to stay the course. It should be required reading for every young child.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands – review

Where did Mad Jack McMuddle bury his treasure chests? The clues are all there if you take your time and have a compass at the ready. Jonny Duddle’s illustrations are detailed with strong character development that is matched by a credible Pirate family.

The Fox on the Swing – review

Quirky and fun, the story of Paul and his friendship with Fox delves into melancholy and the acceptance of change, also tackling thoughts about self, all illustrated in a charming and fantastical set of images.

Look for Ladybird in Plant City – Review

Manolessou has a gift for creating a composition which fills a page, yet leaves room for the image to breathe. Swarming with creatures and scenes, this book is a delight.

Rufus – review

What is it that every Monster wants? Answer: to scare a Peopley Person! Simon Bertram’s story captures the true value of companionship with subtle, precise and perfectly realised illustrations

Martha & Me – review & interview

‘All our projects are planted in the same garden and we both take care of it’ – It’s Raining Elephants talk about how they work as a duo and their new picture book to Peter Allen. ‘There are so many things to discover.’

Urban Jungle – book review

Urban Jungle features 38 illustrated maps of different cities from across six continents. Each map shows a range of wildlife that have adapted to make their home in the city – great for anyone with an interest in mapping, geography or animals.

Hungry Hansel and Gluttonous Gretel – book review

I have two words for this book – absolute bonkers! The imagery is disturbing, creepy and displays an obsession with bodily fluids and all things stomach churning. Acid colours and discordant hues leave you in no doubt that you are observing the world of the weird.

The Weaver – book review

Stanley is the kind of spider you can really get behind. No catching little winged creatures in his web for him, oh no. We review her new book and talk to Qian Shi about the book and her animation background.

How to Draw Anything – book review

Authors, Scriberia specialise in various types of applied drawing that aim to capture ideas and act as a catalyst for conversation. This book is a kind of manifesto of their practice, their belief in the act of drawing as a universal form of communication – it should appeal to educators, students and practitioners of illustration.

Old Farts – book review

Old Farts – a collection of short stories, family histories and whimsical musings on the tendencies of elderly folk – tickles the belly with its playful humour, and warms the cheeks with its empathy and human sensibility