The Story Of Things By Neal Layton

The Story of Things is another creative popup book put together by Neal Layton with his distinctive style of quirky illustration, loaded with humour.

The book explores ideas, civilisations, inventions and discoveries that shaped the world. It begins with early humans and Neolithic civilisations and introduces the landmarks that changed the course of history: farming, inventions, steam, electricity, computers up to present day.

Children will enjoy learning about human history with this book. It is a fun object to play with, to read and to interact with.

Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

The Story of Stars by Neal Layton

The Story of Stars – from the inventive storyteller and super talented illustrator ‘Neal Layton’.

Find out heaps of gripping nuggets of information about the stars in 10 pop-up spreads with lift-up flaps and turning tabs. Every page will astonish readers young and upwards. Neal engages children with difficult material in a way that is accessible, entertaining and child-centred.

Did you know the Ancient Greeks did a join the dots with the night sky? Neal asks – this is accompanied by an incredible pop-up of the sky’s constellations.

This is a wonderful book to own, very happy to have this one on my bookshelf.

There are two other books in this series, look out for my review of – The Story of Things (coming soon).

Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

Where the Bugaboo Lives by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Neal Layton

An interactive, adventure book from the author of the brilliant Hoot Owl and illustrated by the amazingly talented Neal Layton.

Floyd and his sister move through the dark valley behind their house, every nook and cranny is filled with sinister creatures and spine-chilling monsters. The reader chooses which path they take and subsequently which monster they meet.

In typical Neal Layton style, each page has a new exciting layout – panels, comic strips, illustrations on top of photography, whole page spreads. The layout of the type is as interesting as the imagery, whether in boxes, following the illustrations or on squares of the pathway, they become part of the illustration.

An inventive and interactive story told in equal share by author and illustrator.

Published by Walker Books

Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell Illustrated by Neal Layton

By the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series comes a reissue of the classic tale of Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit called Stanley.

Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit, Stanley, are back and this time they’re on a mission to cheer up one very unhappy teddy bear. But, no matter what they try, the teddy bear is STILL miserable. Emily Brown has had ENOUGH!

Orchard Books

Deadly! By Nicola Davies Illustrated by Neal Layton

Meet the animal kingdom’s most competent killers in this fascinating natural history book.

Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, exploding, dive-bombing and even death by glueing! Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures great and small have evolved to become masters of murder: from dive-bombing peregrine falcons to exploding carpenter ants, from electric eels to spitting cobras. The ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ are entertainingly explored in this celebration of all things deadly. With fantastically funny illustrations by Neal Layton and highly original explanations and advice on how we can all peaceably share our world, this book cannot fail to enlighten and engross. This is one of six books in the Animal Science series – the best biology series ever!

– Walker Books