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Parents in Touch delights in four new picture books!

Parents in Touch has generously reviewed four of our latest picture books and here’s what they had to say:

The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos
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This book, as you might guess from the title, is packed with puns, which are guaranteed to appeal to children – and which will elicit a few amused groans from parents! With bright lively illustrations from Barbara Bakos, this is a fun story about working together and sticking to what you love.’

Don’t Eat Pete! by Sue Walker with illustrations by Carlo Beranek
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Be careful how you choose your babysitters!  Boll is always hungry, and Pete looks very tasty… But the tables are turned in a surprising way! Carlo Beranek’s lovely illustrations depict the animals beautifully, with gorgeously expressive faces. Told in catchy rhyming text, this is a laugh-aloud story.’

The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa
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This is a story about… well, I can’t tell you his name, because he’s forgotten it. Too embarrassed to admit it, he sets off in search of it, meeting an incredible and wonderful cast of characters along the way in this hilarious story. With illustrations by Genie Espinosa, this is a fun-filled tale of a pirate in search of his identity.’

I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson
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Stone Age boy Pod is back for another Stone Age adventure, again illustrated by Richard Watson. Pod is a lovely character who always has fun, and young children will enjoy following his exploits and respond well to getting to know the character through a series of books – it’s always a good way to encourage children to re-visit the previous titles.’

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Accessible and interesting book which puts women in the spotlight for a change: Randomly Reading reviews The Spacesuit!

US book review site Randomly Reading has published a cracking review just in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on the 20th July for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

 

‘The Spacesuit offers young readers an accessible, friendly, and interesting look at one of the things that happens behind the headlines of a historical event, and also manages to put a woman in the spotlight for a change. The simple text and cartoon-like illustrations are clear and straightforward. All the steps that were taken to create the winning spacesuit are nicely detailed from idea to finished suit.

The Spacesuit is a great book with lots of interesting facts to be found scattered within the story, as well as the front and back endpapers. There is also a timeline of space travel from its beginning right up to the moon walk, and a glossary of terms used at the end of the book.

The Spacesuit is an inspiring book for young readers which adds to the body of literature about the Apollo 11 moon walk as well as adding to the history of women.

Order your copy in the US from Lerner Books here and elsewhere from Hive Stores here

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‘One of the best endings I’ve read in a picture book for a long time’ Madge Eekal reviews I, Pod!

Zoe at Madge Eekal Reviews has just reviewed new picture book by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson, I, Pod:

‘An exciting picture book adventure set in a prehistoric world, I can fully understand why the first two books in this series both won awards.

I loved the mixture of prehistoric and modern, including Nim’s baby rattle made with a bone. I also enjoyed the pacing of the story which has a lot of excitement and suspense for a picture book as well as plenty of humour. 

The illustrations are colourful and clear. On first examination, they appear quite simple but look closer and you’ll realise there’s lots of expression in the faces and some truly wonderful details. (I especially loved the insects and creatures that creep into the pictures. For example, the first double page spread includes an attractive lizard and an incredibly cute caterpillar while later in the book we have what looks like a mini purple pterodactyl).

The pictures perfectly compliment this story which has one of the best endings I’ve read in a picture book for a long time. (Sorry to say more could spoil your enjoyment of this excellent picture book).’

Thank you!

Read the whole review here and buy a copy here

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‘Very funny story, plenty of action’ The Ish Mother reviews I,Pod

Bec at The Ish Mother has just posted a terrific review for picture book I,Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson:

This is a very funny story, bound to be enjoyed by loves of the prehistoric era. It has plenty of action to keep little ones interested and the illustrations are bright, bold and fun. Look out for the little prehistoric bugs in some of the illustrations, great for spotting if your child loves minibeasts too!’

Thanks, Bec!

Read the whole review here and buy a copy here

 

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‘If you have children, buy it now!’ 5 STAR review for Don’t Eat Pete from What’s Good to Do!

We were thrilled to see a 5 star review for Don’t Eat Pete! by Sue Walker with illustrations by Carlo Beranek on What’s Good to Do today!

‘This is the debut children’s book from author Sue Walker, however it feels like she is an old pro at writing children’s stories. With a clear grasp on her subject matter, message and incredible use of rhyming couplets, Sue Walker’s Don’t Eat Pete is an absolute delight to read and even has a clever little twist at the end which will delight children and adults alike.

Despite not having a clear moral to the story, Don’t Eat Pete is a fun little romp through the internal struggle of a lovable blue troll as he navigates his eating disorder and his familial obligations. To be totally honest though, the ambiguity regarding the message this book sends is quite refreshing, by which I mean I read lots of books with my kids aged between 2 and 9 years old and to find a book which is just fun and silly without having to make them think too much makes a wonderful change for me and them. They can just enjoy reading without having to overanalyse.

As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed this book and my kids did too. It is wonderfully illustrated by Carlo Beranek … the unmistakable style is present throughout this story and perfectly complements the tone and pace of the narrative. Each page is artistically marvellous, with bright and appealing characters and superb visuals that just make me want more and more from this duo of author Sue Walker and illustrator Carlo Beranek.

All I can say about this book is it’s a surprisingly tasty treat from a wonderful debut author, with delicious illustrations that you can really sink your teeth into, just try not to choke on the surprise twist at the end. This book will leave you hungry for more and I can’t wait to see what’s next on the menu from Sue Walker. If you have children, buy it now!’

Thank you very much!  Read the whole review here and buy a copy here

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‘Another excellent picture book by Lou Treleaven’ What’s Good to Read 5 STAR review for The Pirate Who Lost His Name!

What’s Good to Read has rated yet another Maverick picture book 5 stars in a recent review:

‘An excellent, fun and engaging read for younger readers.

The Pirate Who Lost His Name is another excellent picture book by Lou Treleaven. It is a simple story, one that is easily told or for children to read by themselves. It is charming how rather than ask his friends what his name is his goes from friend to friend trying to find out his name by other means.

It has been beautifully illustrated, by Genie Espinosa, with hilarious pictures that grab the attention and tell the story. Great for getting young children to engage with it and ask their own questions.’

Thank you! Read the full review here and buy a copy for just £6.95 here

 

 

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‘One of the few Apollo 11–related picture books to feature women’ ALA’s Booklist Online reviews The Spacesuit!

Prestigious American Library Association review site Booklist Online has posted a wonderful review for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk on the 20th July:

‘The writing is as straightforward as the colorful, digital illustrations. … a good, simple story that many children will enjoy, and one of the few Apollo 11–related picture books to feature women.’

Read the full review here and buy a copy in the US from Lerner Books here and elsewhere in the world from Hive Stores here

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Countdown to the Moon Landing – Library Girl and Book Boy reviews The Spacesuit!

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk this week, Library Girl and Book Boy just posted a great review for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

‘Ever since I heard about this book, I had been desperate to read it. It’s based on the true story of seamstress, Eleanor Foraker, who worked sewing bras and nappies for Playtex before being approached to precision stitch a spacesuit which could go to the moon! Take a peek into a little-known part of the space race story.

Told in picture book format with brilliant full page illustrations, we follow Ellie from childhood sewer, to creator of spacesuits. It takes the reader through the design process and the decision to make it of many soft layers and joint it like an onion to ensure flexibility, through the trial of needing special sewing machines to get through the 21 layers of material used and through the nail-biting judging process. It truly was a feat of engineering and teamwork.

Take note – there’s a handy QR code at the back which can be scanned for further information.’

Thank you!   Read the full review here and buy a copy for just £6.95 here

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‘A fun, entertaining story with attention grabbing illustrations’ What’s Good to Read FIVE STAR review for I, Pod!

David at What’s Good to Read has given I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustration by Richard Watson a whopping 5 stars in a recent review:

Overall, we loved reading I, Pod. It is a delightful little story that sees adventures with Pod’s attempts at teaching a baby to talk and his invention go wrong which leads him and Nim through dangers such as a terrible green snapper, a sabre-tooth tiger, a big beaky eagle, a waterfall and a baby mammoth! And Nim soon learns exactly where to point the blame!

This 32-page book is beautifully illustrated with bright, bold and eye-catching images that certainly grab the little ones attention and do a perfect job of telling the story. It is easy to read and the perfect length for a bedtime story.

An excellent continuation in the Stone Age series filled with plenty of Stone Age humour that keeps the attention of the young reader. The text is a good size for younger readers to read properly (and no cursive fonts to confuse our little young readers).

A fun, entertaining story with attention grabbing illustrations.’

Thank you!   Read the whole review here and buy a copy for just £6.95 here

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‘Another very funny entry into the Pod series’ Father Reading Every Day reviews I, Pod!

Father Reading Every Day and T shared their views after their recent reading of the third book in Rebecca Lisle‘s Pod series with brilliant illustrations by Richard Watson, I, Pod:

This is another very funny entry into the Pod series. T was laughing almost immediately at all the attempts from Nim to say Pods name (he told me “Poo” was the funniest) and he giggled throughout. The chase scene at the heart of the book is a great mix of silly and exciting, with lots of onomatopoeia and baby babble thrown in for good measure. The illustrations are bright and big with some very scary ‘bad guys.’ 

This is a funny story to enjoy with children 3 and up and worthy of a place in your classroom if you are doing a Stone Age topic. T laughed throughout and told me, “the baby is very funny and I like the big monsters.” He spent a while exploring what the sabre-tooth tiger and eagle got up to before bed!’

Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the review!

You can see the whole review here and buy a copy here 

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