Category picture books

A Review of Julia Donaldson’s and Helen Oxenbury’s ‘The Giant Jumperee’.

Blurb from Penguin Random House ABOUT THE GIANT JUMPEREE Two of the world’s most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a […]

The Inside Story with illustrator and author Julia Patton.

Hello! I’m delighted to welcome the super-talented Julia Patton to my hellopipski blog. It will be fascinating to find out how an illustrator of picture books operates! Julia has illustrated many books such as Mind Boggling Numbers by Michael Rosen and Professor McQuark and the Oojamflip by Lou Treleaven, and she also writes and illustrates her […]

A review of “Oi Frog” by Kes Gray and Jim Field

This lively book pairs up the multi award-winning Kes Gray (author of Eat Your Peas and the Daisy books) and the equally prolific award-holding Jim Field (illustrator of The Parent Agency and The Lion Inside). And what a fantastic pairing: the hilarious conversation between the bossy know-it-all cat and the mildly peeved frog perfectly match the bright and comic illustrations. […]

Tales of Picture Book Writing

Hello! I’ve been sitting here writing a new Christmas picture book ready to post for my Scbwi critique group. I know, July probably isn’t the best month to do that! Despite the hot weather,  I’ve tried to recreate that Christmassy feeling. To get in the zone I’ve created a Christmas carol playlist and found a […]

A Review of ‘Lottie Potter Wants an Otter’ by Jeanne Willis and Leonie Lord

HarperCollins 2016 £6.99 Paperback So what did I think? I was at my local library the other day, and the title of this book caught my eye straight away. At first I spotted the spotty, dotty lettering, then the otters (see that one there with the string of snot?). Then I took in the title, […]

A review of “This is NOT a Bedtime Story” by Will Mabbitt and Fred Blunt.

  Puffin Books. £6.99 Paperback Take a look inside here. Written by Will Mabbitt, illustrated by Fred Blunt When Sophie asks her dad for one more bedtime story, he tells her quite emphatically that it will be a short one. It’s a pink girlie one with a pretty lame opening. Sophie’s having none of it […]

A Review of “A Tale of Two Beasts” by Fiona Roberton. Reviewed by Pippa Wilson.

£6.99 Hodder Children’s Books/Hachette The Hachette website says: “A funny story about seeing the world from a different viewpoint. There are two sides to every story. A little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it […]

The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, The Wolf and Grandma’s Wardrobe : a review

By Diane and Christyan Fox. £11.99  Words & Pictures (Quarto) My six year old was recently lucky enough to be asked to preview this for Loverreading4kids. As soon as I’d finished reading it the first time, he asked me to read it all over again. At last, I thought, a book that makes me laugh as […]