Thursday, 3 September 2015

Picture book of the month - A Great Big Cuddle: Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell

The time has come, the day has arrived, the book we've all been waiting for is here! For the first time EVER, two of the biggest names in children's publishing,  Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, have teamed up to create the most incredible anthology of 35 poems for the very young. 

The collection of poems fizzes with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, capturing the most remarkable way what it means to be very, very young. A child’s world with all its details and feelings – toys and games, animals and made-up creatures, likes and dislikes – is vividly conjured up in the most memorable, playful language, and Chris Riddell has produced some his most extraordinary pictures ever to bring this world to life. It's a book that will be enjoyed by the oldest grown-up and the youngest child – and a future classic!




To celebrate, we are delighted to share two videos of Michael reading his poems aloud:







The videos were produced by Michael's son, Joe Rosen, who runs Joe's Big Film Company. You can read a piece written by Joe here about how the films were created.


We hope you enjoy this sneak peak - don't forget to celebrate National Poetry Day on Wednesday 8th October!

Be the first to get a copy of A Great Big Cuddle and pick up a copy at your local bookshop.

"Find this book out and cuddle it close." The Times, Children's Book of the Week




Wednesday, 26 August 2015

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with Channel 4!

We are really excited that Channel 4 are going to air a special animated adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury!

Produced by the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog, the 30-minute special will air on Channel 4 in 2016.

When Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog are left home alone one day before Christmas after their parents go the rescue of Grandma, the children decide it would be fun to go on a bear hunt, spurred on by Katie’s love of grizzly bears. After swishing and swashing through the long grass, splashing and sploshing through rivers and squilching and squelching through mud, Rufus the dog picks up the scent of a bear…

Incorporating the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the original book, which last year celebrated 25 years as an international bestseller and a firm family favourite at bedtime, We’re Going  on a Bear Hunt will enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and the determination to confront your fears head on.

Visit www.jointhebearhunt.com to find out more.

Bear Hunt Channel 4 Adaptation Image
©Lupus Films/Walker Books 2015

Check out this video of Michael Rosen performing We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Book of the month: The Mouse Who Reached the Sky by Petr Horáček

The Mouse Who Reached the Sky by Petr Horáček perfectly captures the sweet mix-ups children make when they are small, in a charming lift-the-flap storybook.

Have your little ones ever got something adorably mixed up? When little children begin to expand their horizons, the results are often hilarious and make a surprising amount of sense - mustard tastes "spiky", radiators are "radiheaters" and trampolines become "bouncelines"...

Little Mouse sees something red and shiny hanging from a tree and thinks it’s a marble, but Mole is sure it’s a balloon and Rabbit says it’s a ball! None of them can reach it by themselves, so how will they discover what it really is? The Mouse Who Reached the Sky is the latest Little Mouse picture book by Petr Horáček, author of A New House For Mouse and The Mouse Who Reached the Moon, perfect for small children with big imaginations.

"Petr Horacek is one funny guy, as well as a natural-born teacher and a whizz with a paintbrush. Put him down as the thinking tot's Eric Carle." Washington Post
 
"The Mouse Who Reached the Sky by Petr Horacek is the perfect story to introduce the principles of sharing and working together." Made for Mums


Download the activity sheets here and here.
Pick up a copy of The Mouse Who Reached the Sky at your local bookshop.




WIN

Share your sweet stories for the chance to win this gorgeous Little Mouse hamper including three Little Mouse books by Petr Horacek, activities, stickers and a signed, limited edition Little Mouse print for your child’s bedroom! To enter, just visit our page on Mumsnet and share your story. Competition closes 1 September 2015.



Monday, 27 July 2015

Walker picture books in The Observer

In The Observer on Sunday 26th July, there was a lovely double page spread full of picture book reviews. There were three Walker books included...


It's a Groovy World, Alfredo! by Sean Taylor and Chris Garbutt



"Enormous fun to read aloud, with perking drawings in a 60s style of boogying flies, it is a book guaranteed to get the joint jumping"


The Most Wonderful thing in the World by Vivian French and Angela Barrett




"What makes the story irresistible is Angela Barrett's meticulous, romantic and occasionally mutinous illustration."

and...


Soon by Timothy Knapman and Patrick Benson



"A gentle book about traveling to the top, and about still being secure when you get there."

The article featured a beautiful big picture from Soon, and some jumping insects from Alfredo:


Find copies of all three books at your local bookshop.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Daisy Hirst visits the House of Illustration

This year, we published the debut picture book by Daisy Hirst, the highly acclaimed The Girl with the Parrot on her Head. In case you missed it, Daisy visited Picture Book Party and wrote this guest blog post for us upon publication. 



Daisy recently lead a workshop event at the House of Illustration in London. You can read a special blog post by Daisy herself, here on their website, and learn all about what Daisy and the children did.



Daisy will be back at the House of Illustration on Wednesday 5 August, find out more about that event and book your ticket here.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

World Snake Day



Today, 16 July, is World Snake Day! Whether you love them or fear them, know little or lots about them – we at Walker Books agree that snakes are fascinating creatures.

This month we publish a new non-fiction picture book written by award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies and illustrated by Luciano Lozano, called I (Don’t) Like Snakes.

In this educational book, a little girl who does not like snakes is persuaded by her family (avid snake fans) that snakes are in fact fantastic creatures. Will they change her mind? You’ll have to read it to find out!

In the meantime, whilst we observe World Snake Day here are some snake facts taken from I (Don’t) Like Snakes:
  • “Snakes aren’t slimy. If you touch their skin it’s dry. It looks wet because they have a shiny, see-through outer skin. When that’s worn out or outgrown, the snake sheds it. And there’s a new skin underneath.”
  • “Snakes smell with their tongues. They flick them out to collect smells. All snakes are hunters and smelling is how they find their prey.”
  • “Snakes don’t have eyelids!”
  • Did you know that some snakes can fly? “A few forest-living snakes flatten their bodies so they can glide like a floating ribbon from one tree to the next.”
  • “Some snakes use POISON. They have hollow fangs, like a doctor’s needle, which inject venom. They strike like lightening, killing with just one bite.”
  • “There are almost 3,000 different kinds of snake in the world. Some are as small as a shoelace and some big enough to swallow a child. Their beauty and variety demonstrate the amazing things that can be done with a body that is really just a tube!” 

Also, if you’re planning to visit London Zoo on Tuesday 26 August, you can meet Nicola Davies in person as she is running an event with ZSL herpetologist Iri Gill and ZSL Learning and Discovery Officer Charlotte Coales. The event is free if you have paid for zoo entry but you must book in advance.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Book of the month: Albert and Little Henry

From Jez Alborough, the award-winning author of Hug, comes a new picture book for young children, especially ones preparing for a new sibling. 

Albert and Little Henry is a story about Albert, who has grown from a little puppy into a big dog! But when his baby brother Henry comes along, something very strange happens ... he starts to feel small. Discover how Albert learns to feel big again in this adorable tale about new siblings. 

Download the Albert and Little Henry colouring in activity sheet.


WIN


We have five copies of Albert and Little Henry to give away, plus a picture book party goody bag including a selection of posters, stickers and activities. To enter, just answer this question:

What animal is Albert?
a) A dog

b) A horse
c) A rabbit

Email your answer along with your name and address to competitions@walker.co.uk with 'Albert' in the subject line before 31 July 2015, for your chance to win. Good luck!

By entering this competition, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions. Your details will not be shared with third parties.