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‘An outstanding contribution’ Amazing *STAR* review from Kirkus Reviews for The Spacesuit!

We are absolutely thrilled that our new picture book to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy has earned an exceptional star review from Kirkus Reviews!

Who would have guessed from standard-issue histories of the space race that the spacesuits worn on the moon were largely the work of women employed by the manufacturer of Playtex bras and lines of baby wear?

Here, in a profile that laudably focuses on her subject’s unusual skills, dedicated work ethic, and uncommon attention to detail rather than her gender or family life, Donald takes Eleanor “Ellie” Foraker from childhood fascination with needle and thread to work at ILC Dover, then on to the team that created the safe, flexible A7L spacesuit—beating out firms of military designers and engineers to win a NASA competition.  

An outstanding contribution to the recent spate of reminders that women too helped send men to the moon.’  

Read the full review and place your order here

The book is publishing on the 18th of June in the US distributed by Lerner Books and in the rest of the world on the 28th of June.

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New picture book by Alison Donald The Spacesuit to celebrate the moon landing 50th anniversary this year!

We are excited to announce that we will be publishing a new picture book by Alison Donald (fab author of AdoraBULL and The New LiBEARian) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year! Inspired by real people and events, The Spacesuit follows Ellie, a young seamstress, who was part of a group of women who helped create the first spacesuit to withstand space.

Here’s a delightful sneaky peek at the cover and some of the spreads by the talented illustrator Ariel Landy:

 

ISBN 9781848864283  £7.99  36 pages

Watch this space for more information about this book!

 

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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

Buy a copy of the book version here

 

 

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‘Really good’ ‘Wonderful’ ‘Brilliant’ ‘Excellent’ Story Island reviewers rave about AdoraBULL!

The Year 1 (aged 5-6) and Year 2 pupils (aged 6-7) from OSPRINGE CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL in Faversham enjoyed sharing and reviewing Adorabull written by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore on Story Island Reviews:

Would you recommend this book?

All the pupils agreed they would recommend this book!

Why? (SPOILERS ALERT!)

‘Because it’s funny when the bull gets a new hairdo.’

Yes, because it is very surprising because you think he wants a pet for him but he wants a pet for his bull.’  

‘I would because then more people can learn about loving and caring for each other.’

‘Because it is a good story and it is an exciting story.’

‘I will recommend the book because I like kittens.’

‘Because I like the book’

‘Because it’s about friendship.’

Have a look at the whole review here and buy a copy here

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‘Kids said it’s one of the best books they have read’ Bizzie Baby reviewers adore AdoraBULL! 

Here are just a couple of great comments from the Bizzie Baby parent and child reviewers who recently read AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

‘My little boy told his cousin about it and we lent it to them for a night we often exchange books. Excellent book that is well illustrated and has a fantastic story that gets children interacting with you and asking questions. It also teaches them to not forget about someone and that no matter what everyone is loved for different things.’

‘They loved it and it had to be re-read over days and I feel it made them think about being kind as well. We would certainly look to buy more books by this author. Kids said it’s one of the best books they have read. ‘

Read all the reviews here and buy a copy here

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‘Gorgeous new picture books perfect for little readers’ Mummy Pages reviews our latest!

We’ve had some lovely new reviews from Mummy Pages for two of our latest picture books!

Of Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley: ‘A humorous story which teaches the essential lesson of sharing in a light-hearted way.’ 

Of AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore: ‘This is a lovely story about accepting who you are and never giving up, beautifully illustrated by Alex Willmore.

Thanks!

See the full review with links to ordering here

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‘A future classic’ Space on the Bookshelf is charmed by AdoraBULL!

Sally at Space on the Bookshelf wrote an absolutely fabulous review for AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:
AdoraBULL is funny, charming and crammed full of lovely messages about loneliness, friendship and faith. It is also beautifully illustrated by Alex Willmore’s earthy soft images which really work exquisitely with Alison Donald’s text. 
But what really makes AdoraBULL stand out is that it has had the courage to do something that is truly rare in picture books, by including modern technology. Most picture books are free of new-fangled tech, staying firmly in a nostalgic pre-internet world. But with AdoraBULL, we see Alfred actually using a smartphone, and the internet. But far from detracting from the story, this little snippet of the 21st century sets up the jokes and laughter, as well as mirroring the readers own world, (when was the last time you looked up a word in a dictionary?) 

AdoraBULL, is a funny, relevant and charming books, a future classic.’

Thanks, Sally!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here
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5 STAR review for AdoraBULL from What’s Good to Read!

David at What’s Good to Read has posted a great review for new picture book AdoraBULL by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore:

Overall, AdoraBULL is a well-written, charming and funny story of friendship, change and acceptance. It was a joy to read. It is a story of how starting school doesn’t mean having to leave things behind.

It has been beautifully illustrated by Alex Willmore, very bright and colourful and portrays the feelings of the bull extremely well.

AdoraBULL is a short story that children will enjoy, with some very powerful messages about friendship, jealously, acceptance and even living in the technological/information age with smartphones and internet.

A delightful bedtime story as well as a good teaching aid to start discussions with young children about jealously, emotions, friendship, acceptance and even internet safety.

A really adoraBULL read!’

Rating: 5/5

Thanks, David!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Great book to use in the classroom to initiate discussions about friendship’ Story Snug adores AdoraBULL!

Story Snug has posted a fabulous review for a fabulous new picture book, AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

Alex Willmore’s very amusing illustrations support the humour in the easy to read text – Alfred causes a lot of chaos in his attempts to look adorable! We absolutely love the pictures showing him using the farmer’s phone and his attempt to look cute on a swing makes us laugh. Our favourite illustration (and the most adorable!) is on the final page… (but we don’t want to spoil the ending for you!).

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. It also shows that life changes don’t necessarily mean friendship changes, Alfred completely misunderstands Tom’s motives when he looks for a pet but Tom hasn’t stopped caring about his friend now he’s started school.

This is a fabulous first picture book for the littlest of readers who will be able to spot different farm animals while listening to the simple text being read aloud. There are lots of fun details in the pictures and, whatever he is doing, we think that Alfred is adorable!’

Thank you so much, Catherine!

Read the full review here

Buy a copy here

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