Ann's Book of the Week
A picture book inspired by the true story of a giraffe sent as a gift to the King of France by the Great Pasha of Egypt in the 1820s. The exquisitely composed pictures show the different stages of the journey made by Zeraffa, accompanied by her keeper, the young boy Atir.
When a tragedy happens in a family, its members often express their grief by blaming each other. From the arresting opening to this sensitive novel, the reader knows that Jewel’s brother John, nicknamed Bird, died the day she was born and her Grandpa has not uttered a word since.
The horror of war is conveyed through this diary of an unknown soldier written during the first two months of the First World War in 1914. Using the words of this unknown soldier, Barroux has created this graphic novel with illustrations, drawn in lead pencil across a background of sepia shades.
Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading these thirteen enthralling short stories which highlight the lives of women across a huge swathe of time, from Boudica, Queen of the Iceni to the women who occupied Greenham Common.
This is Chris Haughton's third picture book which utilises many shades of blue to depict the nocturnal wanderings of four bird hunters, with unexpected results...
A haunting expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Tinderbox’. The combined talents of Sally Gardner and David Roberts have resulted in a reworking which reflects the cruelty and violence as well as the sensual undercurrents present in the original tale.
All children love going to the countryside, don’t they? Not Leonard, whose parents assume he must appreciate its splendour. A wry philosophical comedy in which the black and blue line drawings complement and extend the text.
In this book, on the left of each spread is a wide-eyed child, glancing sideways to a scene associated with what they aspire to be. Turn the acetate page and each child is transformed into that role.
It frequently feels like we’re going backwards at challenging sex stereotypes in terms of children’s books and toys and the way they are often marketed and displayed in shops. Then along comes this ironic and witty picture book which questions and encourages discussion.
This is the third title in a series of short novels known as the Kingdom of Silk by Australian writer Glenda Millard about Perry Angel, a young orphan boy, with a small and shabby suitcase.
Jamila Gavin has fashioned her own set of fairy tales, drawing principally on the European traditions with which she grew up. With the expressed aim of increased inclusivity, she has created characters who are people of colour.
A young wolf sets off to hunt by himself for the first time. He encounters a rabbit, then a chicken and prepares to eat them but each insists on having a last wish satisfied. What happens next?
A gothic and ghostly tale about plucky Ada who teams up with two children and a ghost mouse to defeat the plans of the dastardly Maltravers, indoor gamekeeper of Ghastly-Gorm Hall.
Dot is a child who knows all about communicating through modern media. She can tap, touch, tweet and tag, surf, swipe, share and search.
S F Said’s new novel has been well worth waiting for. The story begins and ends with Lucky, a Human boy who travels through the galaxy in search of his identity, undergoing changes in both mind and body.
Tom wishes that winter would last forever. He inhabits a winter wonderland full of sparkling snowflakes and iridescent icicles. A picture book that celebrates the beauty of winter landscapes while showing why survival depends on the seasons shifting and changing.
Did you know that Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, is the most likely place in the solar system to have extraterrestrial life?
A book I’ve often wanted to recommend and been frustrated because it was out of print, so it’s brilliant to see it available again.
Girls, Goddesses & Giants by Lari Don Published by A & C Black