Quick Quack Quentin by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

After the enormous success of Oi Frog and How Many Legs? Kes Grey and Jim Field are back! And as you would expect, their latest picture book, Quick Quack Quentin, is both wonderfully witty and ceaselessly clever. I’m always struck by the inventiveness of Kes Grey’s writing.

Quentin loses the A in his quack but the doctor only has the letters D O C T E and R, none of which will fix Quentin’s ill-fitting qu_ck. So he optimistically waddles off to the farm. No luck there either. However, Dog kindly offer him his O, he tries it out for size – Quock! But that doesn’t quite sound right, does it?. Quentin is offered other letters from other sympathetic animals. Unhappy with his strange sounding – qu ck, quock, queck, he goes to the zoo to try his luck there.

As you can imagine, this picture book is a great one to read aloud. Guaranteed to make those little ones chuckle. Especially, when paired with the wonderfully illustrated characters of Jim Field’s creative mind.

It’s also a fun and engaging way to develop your child’s knowledge of phonics.

Highly recommended by Mr Magpie.


Release date: February 11th

Published by Hodder’s Children’s books



Rabbit and Bear: 1: Rabbit’s Bad Habits By Julian Gough Illustrated by Jim Field

What a marvellous surprise to receive this beauty in the post. I’m a huge fan of the brilliantly funny Jim Field and I had no idea this book had been in the making.

Out now!

Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and bear who discover that things are always better when they’re shared with a friend …

Bear wakes up early from hibernation. If she can’t sleep, then at least she can make a snowman. Rabbit has never made a snowman, but he definitely wants to make one that’s better than Bear’s. But with an avalanche and a hungry wolf heading his way, Rabbit soon realises that it might be nice to have a friend on your side.

A tale of friendship, gravity, and just a little bit of poo.

  • Hodder Children’s Books

The Lion Inside By Rachel Bright, Illustrated by Jim Field

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I moved house and was living in the middle of Somerset, in a corrugated cottage with SERIOUSLY slow internet. I also started a new teaching post in September and have been snowed under with school work. You’ll be glad to hear things are getting more settled now.

I received a message from a follower of the blog asking me why I hadn’t blogged since August. This gave me the kick I needed to get back to what I love doing – celebrating children’s books.

What better way to start again, than with one of my favourite illustrators ‘Jim Field’, the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! If you’re not familiar with his previous work, check out Oi Frog (a smashing book).

This book, a kind of modern take on one of Aesop’s fables, is about a little mouse trying to make himself heard and discovering along the way that even the smallest of us has the heart of a lion.

The rhyming story is fun to read and the illustrations are rich in colour and style.

The Lion Inside was published in hardback at the beginning of September by Orchard Books.

Go and grab yourself a copy. You won’t be disappointed.

How Many Legs? By Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

From the team that brought you the show-stopping, Pièce de résistance of 2014 – ‘Oi Frog’ – comes…

How Many Legs? A riotous counting book that requires a moderate level of problem solving ability (I’m speaking from an adult’s perspective).

Kes Grey weaves laughter and joy onto the page with his rhyming words and Jim Field personifies them with his vibrant and expressive illustrations.

For me, Kes Gray and Jim Field are up there in the realms of dynamic duos, competing with the likes of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett.

Published by Hodder Children’s Books

There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson & Jim Field

Do you remember the good old days, when boxes of cereal came with a free tacky plastic toy? When did that stop? Was it around the same time school’s started banning conker fights? One kid swallows a toy car or loses an eye from conker shrapnel and it’s ruined for everyone.

In my formative years I probably read more backs of cereal boxes than I did books. Roger Red Hat, Jenifer Yellow Hat, Billy Blue Hat and Tony the Tiger, I’m sure this is how I learnt to read.

I love the title of this book; it takes me back to being 8 years old, the magic of what lay inside the colourful cardboard box, the blazing rows between my brother and me as to whose turn it was to get the toy. Saturday mornings were a race downstairs with the corner of a duvet in one hand and a pillow in the other, first one to the best sofa, then into the kitchen, hand digging into the packet of the cereal box rooting around for the free toy only to find your brother got there first.

In Michelle Robinson’s madcap tale, two brothers are collecting 100 coupons to win their very own, very real lion. The consequences of their efforts are hilarious, coupled with the brilliant illustrations by Jim Field make this book an utter delight to feast your eyes upon.

Jim Field creates such expressive characters, with bundles of personality that burst from the pages. The children in my class gave it a 5 star review, and I absolutely agree with them.

Cast your eyes to the left of the screen to find the magpie Jim Field illustrated for my blog. Isn’t he incredible!