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‘A perfect blend of charm and snark makes this an endearing storytime choice.’ Centre for Children’s Books find Alison Donald’s, AdoraBULL – adorable

The bulletin of the Centre for Children’s Books has given Alison Donald‘s, AdoraBULL with illustrations by Alex Willmore, an utterly charming review;

Alfred the bull is quite confident in his friendship with farm kiddo Tom—until, that is, the little boy comes home from school declaring he needs a pet and it must be adorable. Not quite sure what the word means, Alfred does what anyone would do: he looks it up on a smartphone (borrowed from the farmer). The picture of a goat pushing another goat in a shopping cart is indeed charming, but Alfred’s attempt to mimic that adorableness by pushing a calf in a wheelbarrow is more disastrous than delightful, as are his subsequent efforts at meme mimicking. It turns out, though, Tom was looking for a perky pal not to replace Alfred but to befriend and keep Alfred company while Tom is at school. A wonderful silliness refreshes the “just be yourself” trope here, and the gentle poking at internet wholesomeness manages the ironic feat of including utterly precious images (who doesn’t love a dog in a teacup?) with a subtle undercurrent of “really??” Illustrations have the definition of colored pencil and the gentle warmth of watercolor, and the larger spreads and full bleeds are rich with visual humor. Shaggy Alfred the Highland bull is pretty darn appealing, and two dot eyes and a slash of eyebrow easily convey his disdain for the entire enterprise of cuteness as well as his need for Tom’s love. A perfect blend of charm and snark makes this an endearing storytime choice.

 

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‘Humorous, action-packed pictures combine with terse text to create an engaging cautionary tale about greed.’ Kirkus Reviews gets a treat with It’s MY Sausage

Kirkus Reviews have written a treat of a review about Alex Willmore‘s, It’s MY Sausage;

Five hungry cats vie for one “yummy, scrummy sausage.”

With a limited autumnal color palette, the cats and the owner’s home are realized in rough but expressive fashion. The text is short, with many onomatopoeic sounds and easy words enabling children to read much of it themselves. The five cats are distinct in color and variously accessorized, allowing readers to distinguish them and assign gender as they choose. The plot essentially consists of the golden-haired cat’s titular assertion of ownership and defense of the meat product as each of the other four attempts to steal it in various slapstick schemes. Astute viewers will notice a spotted, brown shape in the corner of a scene showing a living-room floor littered with mouse traps and Lego blocks with yarn tangled all about. These are all booby traps for the four cats trying to steal the sausage, wrapped with a small string, from under its protective dome. The black cat springs into action, makes it through the minefield, and almost gets the sausage only to have it yanked away by the gold cat once again. The greedy kitty prepares to gobble the treat down but is stormed by the others, causing the sausage to bounce out of the cat’s mouth and go right in the open mouth of—a large brown, spotted dog.

Humorous, action-packed pictures combine with terse text to create an engaging cautionary tale about greed. 

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‘A hugely entertaining romp of a picture book.’ Red Reading Hub reviews Alex Willmore’s, It’s MY Sausage

Jill from Red Reading Hub has given us a treat with her review of Alex Willmore‘s picture book, It’s MY Sausage:

One fat juicy sausage, five cats all with designs on it. The mustard coloured moggy lays claim, having so we hear ‘seen it first’ but has decided to delay gratification.

A dramatic comedy then unfolds as the others endeavour to procure the desired item by means of a rod and line, a ball of wool … and some acrobatics.

Deceptively simple and hugely expressive illustrations of the rival felines tell much of the story along with a brief discourse provided by mustard moggy and punctuated with descriptive onomatopoeic sound effects and exclamations by the competing cats.

A hugely entertaining romp of a picture book.

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‘Destined to leave everyone hungry for a second reading.’ The Lancashire Post takes a bite out of new picture book, It’s MY Sausage

Pam at the Lancashire Evening Post has reviewed It’s MY Sausage, written and illustrated by Alex Willmore, and is hungry for more:

A cat-fight over one sausage leaves some funny, fighting felines with a bitter taste in their mouths in a picture book bursting with fun!

Illustrator Alex Willmore turns his talented hand to both drawing and writing in this clever, chaotic adventure which will have little ones giggling and guffawing at every turn of the page.

There are five cats but just one sausage to go round them all! One determined cat is sure that it has the yummy, scrummy sausage in the bag, declaring in a refrain familiar to many parents, it’s mine, mine, mine, mine, mine. But after some pulling, shoving and skulduggery, the tasty sausage ends up in a most unexpected mouth!

Willmore knows how to tickle young funny bones and his action-packed, character-filled story, with a clever twist in its tail, is destined to leave everyone hungry for a second reading.

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‘From cover to cover, literally, the book consumes you into a world of kitty frolics.’ What’s Good To Do enjoys the feisty felines of It’s MY Sausage by Alex Willmore

Laura from What’s Good To Do has reviewed Alex Willmore‘s feisty feline picture book, It’s MY Sausage:


It’s MY Sausage, written and illustrated by Alex Willmore is a very enjoyable read for children as it is very calm and concise both in wording and illustration, which is something I feel children’s books can often get carried away with and this can cause children to very rapidly loose interest and any adult to need regular pauses to pace themselves which can cause everyone to lose interest. The blurb reads “There are five cats but just one sausage! Which cat will get the yummy, scrummy sausage?” It is to the point and after reading the book is not misleading, you read what you are expecting to read.

Upon opening the book there is the standard “write your name here” however this is awesomely  presented as “This sausage book belongs to” which I found to be a wonderful touch and really keeping the feel of the book together from the very first page, something I feel is very important for engaging new readers, children who may find reading difficult or unenjoyable. 

The layout of the language is not only fun for children but adults too, some parts are underlined, and some are capitalised so whether you are reading aloud or reading silently you can really hear all these individual voices and tones. There is a lot of practice with onomatopoeia in this book too with words such as “Whoooosshh” and “Hmpf” which for new readers or struggling readers can really help them play with the sounds, becoming comfortable with moving their mouths and tongues and place sounds to situations.

I will be honest and say when I first flicked through the book I thought it was bland, however upon reading it I can really understand what the author was trying to achieve and I just wish there were many more books in this style available. From cover to cover, literally, the book consumes you into a world of kitty frolics.

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Read the full review here and buy a copy from Hive here.
Also available at Amazon!

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‘This picture book already has a feel of a classic with its distinctive style and concise humour, I’m looking forward to many more reads’ The Ish Mother reviews the PAWsome, It’s MY Sausage

Bec, also known as The Ish Mother, has written a PAWsome review of Alex Willmore‘s debut picture book, It’s MY Sausage, both written and illustrated by the man himself:

I love the simplicity of this book. There’s not a lot of text so it’s really easy for little ones to follow, but every word is used to full effect to tell the story – even the impressive array of onomatopoeias! It’s great fun to read aloud and the words complement the illustrations brilliantly.

Speaking of which, I absolutely love the illustrative style of this book. The drawings are deceptively simple, including lots of details you might overlook at first but that just adds to the cat-and-mouse (or cat-and-sausage) nature of the plot. And the looks on the cat’s faces are just delightful in their expressiveness!

This picture book already has a feel of a classic with its distinctive style and concise humour, I’m looking forward to many more reads with Preschooler!

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Read the full review here and buy a copy of the utterly PURRRfect new picture book here.

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‘Maverick Publishing have pulled a blinder on this one – I’m sure KS1 audiences are going to absolutely adore it!’ Mr B reviews Alex Willmore’s New Picture Book, It’s MY Sausage.

Mr. B’s Guided Reading has written an amazing review of brand-new book, It’s MY Sausage, both written and illustrated by Alex Willmore:

There are five cats but only one sausage – which means that our four-legged furry friends are going all out to claim that glorious sausage!

They get up to all sorts in this simple yet hilariously illustrated picture book.

There is plenty of repetition and humour, with the illustrations just as amusing as the text.

Wlllmore does a super job of appealing to his young target audience in this book, which would be an ideal cheer-up tale for a sad child or a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

Who doesn’t love cats?!

Maverick Publishing have pulled a blinder on this one – I’m sure KS1 audiences are going to absolutely adore it!

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‘Adorable’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys AdoraBULL ahead of its US release!

Kirkus Reviews has just published a great review for AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore ahead of its US distribution by Lerner Books in September:

‘As a pair, the animals are “adorable.” The unaffected text never overwhelms the pictures and could offer a transition into independent reading with mostly easily decoded vocabulary.’

You can pre-order the book in the US here and buy a copy in the rest of the world here now.

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AdoraBULL featured in Story Snug International Friendship Day post!

 

It was wonderful to see our recent picture book AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore selected for a special International Friendship Day post by Story Snug.

AdoraBULL is a great book to use in the classroom to initiate discussions about friendship and how children can feel when their best friend’s situation changes.’

Thanks, Catherine!

Read the post here and buy a copy here 

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It’s story time at the library… The New LiBEARian DVD is coming out!

One of our bestselling picture books The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore comes out as a DVD on the 7th of August!

The 10 minute story is produced by Dreamscape Media and you can find out more here

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