I Want Spaghetti! By Stephanie Blake

This is a very funny book to read aloud to your toddlers. They’ll definitely relate to Simon (the fickle and stubborn little rabbit). All Simon wants to eat is spaghetti! All day he demands spaghetti. In doing so, he gets himself into a spot of trouble and is sent to his room, where he continues his spaghetti tantrum. Until, of course he over hears his parents enjoying chocolate cake.

The illustrations are bold and instantly recognisable. It is the perfect book for fussy eaters, stubborn toddlers and their horrendous tantrums. This is definitely one for both toddlers and their adult slaves.

Published by Gecko Press.

Timeline By Peter Goes

The detailed double page spreads of different periods of time create a timeline that tells our planets story from the Big Bang to present day. The stunning illustrations create visual snapshots, including dinosaurs, Vikings, Aztecs and spaceships.

This is a fantastic resource. Children often have trouble comprehending the chronological order of history. This book is one way of overcoming this.

Published by Gecko Press

 

Where is Pim? by Lean Landström, illustrated by Olof Landström

Who is Pim anyway?

Well, Pim is Pom’s cuddly toy. They were playing together, when Pim mysteriously disappeared! Pom and the dog search high and low for Pim, they look everywhere.

It’s a simple narrative with a selective use of words. The illustrations feel almost vintage and they communicate the story and the emotions perfectly.

  • Another fantastic release by Gecko Press.

Seasons by Blexbolex, Gecko Press (Books I like)

A stunning book exploring the cycle of seasons, the passage of time, the way people live, play, forget, remember…Through objects, places and actions, the world is revealed as both permanent and ever-changing.

Gecko Press

 

Blexbolex is a French illustrator who combines his illustrations with the industrial printing press. His work is visually stunning, every page of the book is a piece of art to be admired.

 

He has done some work for Nobrow, see what they have to say about him.

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The Day No One Was Angry by Toon Tellegen & illustrated by Marc Boutavan

Toon Tellegen was born in the Netherlands in 1943. He was a doctor before starting to write for children in the early 1980’s. His books are now considered classics of Dutch children’s literature.

Marc Boutavant is a graphic artist, illustrator and comic strip author. He has illustrated numerous children’s book, including Around the World with Mouk. He lives in Paris.

Twelve stunningly illustrated, poetic, and funny stories about grumpy animals from an internationally acclaimed Dutch writer and a hugely popular French illustrator.

In 12 short chapters, we see different animals in various states of anger. Some try to understand their anger, some try to tame it, while others let their anger overwhelm them. These stories are funny and wry, but also offer a gently profound reflection of the nature of human emotions.

Marc Boutavant’s delicate, stunning full colour illustrations put the reader in the heart of the forest, surrounded by endearingly grumpy animals.

This book is a beautifully produced hardback which would make the perfect gift for older children as well as adults.

Published by Gecko Press

 

Line Up, Please! By Tomoko Ohmura

This picture book is by the award-winning author and illustrator Tomoko Ohmura, from Tokyo, Japan. It is published by Gecko Press. Gecko Press specialise is English versions of curiously good books from around the world by well established authors and illustrators. These books have a strong track record in their own and other countries, and are winners of international awards.

Line Up, Please!

Is it a counting book? Is it a book about the animal kingdom? Is it a book simply to make you laugh and smile? No, it’s not ONE of those things; it’s all of those things, and more.

Bold, eye-catching illustrations stand proud against the bright blue background of the cover. It shouts to be opened and read.

What are these animals lining up for? That skunk just let one go, that poor, unfortunate armadillo. I’m concerned for that zebra caught between a lion and a tiger, it seems very nervous and I don’t blame it, those cats look hungry. Uh oh! Is that rhino going to charge?

Each turn of the page keeps you guessing as to what these animals are lining up for; what calamity is going to happen. I won’t spoil the punch line, but it’s very funny and very clever, and the surprise climax unfolds in a gorgeous gatefold for maximum impact.

It made me laugh out loud; my wife gave me a sideways glance. I told her to read it, she had the same reaction. That’s the response of two 30+ year olds, so I can only imagine how much children will enjoy it.

I like the 220 x 220mm square shape of the book, it makes it look like a present that needs to be unwrapped; when you do there are bold, beautiful illustrations to feast your eyes upon and they provide plenty of opportunities for you to pause and study the way they interact with each other.

As a key stage 2 primary school teacher and a parent, my mind is filling up with ways to use the book at home as well as the classroom. There are lots of animals to count, learn and identify.

In class it would be a great resource to teach children about food chains & food webs. Children could create their own food webs based on the animals in the book.

A fantastic stimulus for writing, children could discuss alternative endings. They could write dialogue between the animals in the queue. They could change the animals in the line and create other possibilities for danger and witty interactions.

It could be used as a starter for a lesson; children could order the animals in different ways, alphabetically, odd and even, multiples of 3 etc… You could get the children to group them in different ways based on their physical features.

Anyway I’m just thinking out loud now.

In conclusion, I think this book is heaps of fun; great to read with small and big children alike. it’s educational and the illustrations are lovely.