Christmas is a magical time of year and so it seems only fitting to have a feature post on some truly magical illustrated fiction and traditional fairy tales.
Scissorella: The Paper Princess by Clare Helen Welsh and Laura Barrett ~ #GuestPost #Review ~ @ClareHelenWelsh @laurabarrettuk @AndersenPress
Scissorella is one of the most spectacular re-imagined fairy tales we’ve ever read, blending the magical world of Cinderella with a real-life female inspiration: German film director Lotte Reiniger. It is one of my top picks for 2021.
The Art of Words by Robert Vescio & Joanna Bartel ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @EK_Books
With the help of their dog, two little children demonstrate all the endless possibilities of words.
The Dodos Did It! by Alice McKinley ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @Armckinley1 @simonkids_UK
Jack loves dodos and wishes he had one for a pet. In fact, he wishes he had lots. But he soon discovers that pet dodos can be quite a lot of trouble!
Llama on a Mission by Annabelle Sami with illustrations by Allen Fatimaharan ~ #BlogTour #MG ~ @annabellesami @AFatimaharan @FarshoreBooks
This laugh-out-loud series featuring a magical llama has a super important message about standing up for yourself and finding your voice (literally). Llama on a Mission is the second book in the series (following on from Llama Out Loud) and is perfect for fans of Sam Copeland’s Charlie Changes into a Chicken series.
Three Exceptional Picture Books Featuring Grandfathers ~ #Review #InclusiveBooks ~@pikkupublishing @simonkids_UK @QuartoKids
three exceptional picture books that all feature a child and their grandfather as well as celebrating nature. While they share these themes, all three are unique. Finn's Garden Friends includes facts about protecting wildlife, Grandpa's Gift is about finding beauty in cities and If All the World Were… is a moving story about losing a grandparent and cherishing memories.
The Magic Crayon by Amy Sparkes and Ali Pye ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @AmySparkes @PuffinBooks
When Chloe finds a magic crayon, she draws a witch to turn her brother into a frog. And the witch comes to life! Can she use her creativity to rescue her brother?
The Forgettery by Rachel Ip and Laura Hughes ~ #AuthorInterview #Review #BlogTour ~ @RachelCIp @Laura_A_Hughes @FarshoreBooks
he Forgettery is a magical adventure by a little girl and her granny. This exquisite picture book is one of my top picks for 2021!
The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann and Padmacandra ~ #PictureBook #BlogTour #Review ~ @KarenSwann_ @vajratwit @Scallywagpress
Where land becomes sky and the sky becomes sea, a child spots a whale and a beautiful friendship is born. The whale and the child go on a magical journey across the sea.
My Top Picture Books of 2020 ~ #TopPicks
2020 hasn’t been the year many of us expected. But through all the craziness, there have been some wonderful picture books published. Here are my favourite picture books of the year!
The House at the Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes ~ Illustrations by Ben Mantle ~ #MiddleGrade #Review ~ @AmySparkes @BenMMantle @WalkerBooksUK
Orphan and pickpocket Nine must break the curse of a magic house to save it's eclectic residents and her own slice of happiness.
The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @QuartoKids
Did you know that some young fairies can be incredibly… grumpy! And not just a bit grumpy, foot-stomping, frowny, bottom-lip-sticking-outy kind of grumpy.
Moonchild: Voyage of the Lost and Found by Aisha Bushby by Rachael Dean ~ #MiddleGrade #Review ~ @aishabushby @rachaeldeanwork @egmontbooksuk
hen Amira loses her Jinni she must voyage to a place where lost things can be found. You can go with her to Sahar Peninsula; it is just beyond the horizon. But be warned, it won’t be easy to find…