Today I wanted to talk about three different picture books, all unique and appealing in their own way. All great Christmas presents for the young book lovers in your life.
What kid doesn’t want a pet of their very own?
Prudence is so desperate for a pet that she befriends a branch, a twig and an array of unlikely objects. But after a while, her ‘pets’ either break or lose their appeal because they don’t respond to her love. You’ll have to read Prudence Wants A Pet to find out whether Prudence gets her perfect pet.
Cathleen Daly really gets into the point of view of a small child with her simple but poignant text. Stephen Michael King’s hilarious illustrations make the journey twice as meaningful for a young reader.
This book is a joyful one and the illustrations are so expressive. When I read it, I was inside Prudence’s head and heart, feeling her desperate longing for a pet. This book will be loved by both young readers and their parents.
Lemony Snicket said about Prudence Wants A Pet,
I admire this book so much I have adopted it as my pet. I drag it around with me wherever I go, never letting it out of my sight.
Prudence Wants A Pet is published by Scholastic.
Mr Darcy appealed to me because it’s ‘ a new twist on Jane Austen for five year olds.’
It’s a story about Mr Darcy, who is a reserved and gentle duck who feels he is a bit too important to socialise with the other ducks. This makes him very lonely. In this book he discovers the importance of friendship.
I enjoyed the subtleties in Mr Darcy and of course, the gorgeous illustrations by Peter Carnavas.
Mr Darcy is written by Alex Field, who many people will know as Sophia Whitfield, publisher and co-owner of New Frontier Publishing. It’s a colourful, humorous picture book that provides a unique way to introduce young readers to the world of Jane Austen.
Mr Darcy is published by New Frontier Publishing
About Face by Robert Moore is a story that explores and introduces young readers to the features of a face and the roles each one plays. Ears, eyes, nose and mouth become characters in the story.
I can imagine young readers being fascinated with this one, and parents will find themselves smiling at the funny twist at the end.
About Face has striking 3D illustrations by MonkeyStack that seem to leap out of the page at you. The raspberry pies in the story made my mouth water.
About Face is published by IP Kidz.