Monday, 8 May 2017

Top picture book picks for May

As we venture into May with summer around the corner, we have some new picture books fresh from the Walker bookshelf to share with you. From topical tales about the environment to jubilant journeys of discovery, May brings with it stacks of variety at Walker, to both entertain and inform your little ones with original stories alongside beautiful illustrations.
                                                 

King of the Sky

A breath-taking new picture book by award winning author Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin. Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone – until he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. Together they pin their hopes on a race across Europe and the special bird they believe can win it: King of the Sky. Nicola Davies’ beautiful story – an immigrant’s tale with a powerful resonance in our troubled times – is illustrated by an artist who makes the world anew with every picture.                                    

Raymond 

What if dogs could walk and talk and go to work? Well, Raymond the dog has big ambitions beyond his ordinary, canine life in the big city. He wants to take himself for a walk and get his own dinner. And when he’s done all that? Well, he wants a job, just like his owners. But when Raymond begins a high-flying journalism career at Dogue magazine, he soon realizes it’s no walk in the park… With a stylish limited palette and incredible visual humour, children and adults alike will fall in love with Raymond and his laugh-out-loud antics in this absurdly original – yet highly relatable – world.
In this topical picture book, Michael Foreman – twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and described as "the greatest illustrator-storyteller of his time" by Michael Morpurgo – brilliantly shows what climate change is doing to our world and inspires us all to make a difference. Mr World doesn’t feel well. He’s hot and sweaty and finding it hard to breathe. What will the doctors find when they examine their poor patient? A brilliantly clever way to explain a complicated concept to very young children. There are two spreads of further information about climate change at the back of the book, including simple energy-saving ideas for children



From Alice Tait, illustrator of the iconic London Range, comes a stylish, action-packed lift-the-flap book – the perfect introduction to the capital city for first-time sightseers! Blending her joyful London scapes with the story of a mischievous little girl, Nancy, and her long-suffering dachshund, Roger, Alice creates a wild and calamitous chase by boat, bus and bike across all of London's most famous and best sights – from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London… With over fifteen flaps throughout, an incredible pop-up Nelson's column and a fold-out map, young readers will delight in this interactive adventure, and will love joining in with Roger's catchy refrain: “NO, NANCY, NO!”

The tree. Home to a family of birds in their nest, squirrels in their drey and rabbits in their burrow. But what happens to the animals when a man and woman decide to cut it down and use it for their dream house? Can the tree be home to both the animals and the humans? A simple yet fun and distinctive picture book, with a strong environmental message about the importance of respecting animal habitats, by the award-winning Neal Layton. With modest text and appealing illustrations this picture book actively encourages children to think about the story being shared with them, piece together the problems and resolutions in a most engaging way. 




You can get your paws on all these books at your local bookshopHappy reading!