The Journey

The-Journey-CoverNext up this week is a book which had quite a profound effect on me. The Journey written and illustrated by Francesca Sanna and published by the ever wonderful Flying Eye Books.

Francesca wrote this book having met two girls in a refugee centre in Italy, realising there was a powerful story to be told of their journey to the centre, she began exploring other people’s tales of immigration and The Journey is their combined story.

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The Owl Who Lost Its Twoo

Ollie-CoverHappy bank holiday Book Monster followers. I have some delectable picture books for you.
First up is The Owl who Lost its Twoo written and illustrated by Suzie Allkins.

This is a very nicely done self published title about a young owl who has a little difficulty controlling his volume. Shouting out into the night and frightening and upsetting the other animals in the forest. Along comes the wise old wizard owl to teach Ollie a lesson by casting a spell and removing his “twoo”. It turns out that this is not the best of ideas as now the poor young owl flies around the night calling the animals “twit”. This is a lovely and funny story about speaking nicely, being careful what and how you say things.

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Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits


Last year the wonderfully talented illustrator Jim Field was putting out little teaser pictures from this book on Twitter, and from these alone I decided I needed to get it. I was expecting another one of Jim’s marvellous picture books, so what a surprise it was, a pleasant one, to find it was actually something a little bit different, a shorter novel for younger readers.

This is Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits written by Julian Gough, illustrated by Jim Field and published by Hodder Children’s.

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Odd Socks


So, I’m attempting a picture book review sprint this afternoon, since I’m going to be very busy in the next few weeks and I have lots of exceptional books to look at and recommend. First up is Odd Socks written by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown and published by Anderson Press.

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Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure


One thing (among many) Flying Eye publishers do exceptionally well are non-fiction books. I was so very excited to get a surprise bit of book post recently in the form of Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure written by Dr Dominic Walliman and written and illustrated by Ben Newman.

Atomic Adventures is a non-fiction science book taking children on a journey through the laws of physics and the Universe. It answers questions such as how does a car move? Or how do boats float? How are rainbows formed? And lots much more besides. This is a book packed full of fascinating facts!

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