Tuesday 19 January 2021

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Maisy!

 Celebrate Chinese New Year with our favorite mouse, Maisy

Maisy is celebrating one of the world's biggest festivals: Chinese New Year! From hanging up lanterns to receiving lucky red packets and joining in the dragon dance at the parade, this bright and colourful storybook is a perfect introduction to the many joys of Chinese New Year.

Maisy's friend Tiger is coming home especially to celebrate! Once the house is tidy and the decorations are up, Maisy changes into her lovely red dress and throws a big party for all her friends. They have a delicious feast, tell stories, see the fireworks together and, on new year's day, watch a spectacular parade – with an amazing dragon dance! 

Richly illustrated in Lucy Cousins' vibrant and colourful style, this exciting and gently informative story from the multi-award-winning creator of Maisy is ideal for sharing the excitement of Chinese New Year with little ones.

Maisy's Chinese New Year is available where all good books are sold!


Thursday 7 January 2021

Top Picks of the Month for January!

Kick-off the new year right with one of our top picks of the month below! 

I Talk Like a River
by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith

A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year

I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me.
And I can't say them all . . .

When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he'd like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Compassionate parents everywhere will instantly recognize a father's ability to reconnect a child with the world around him.
Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience, and masterfully illustrated by Greenaway Medalist Sydney Smith. A book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in.
"I wish I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott
& Sydney Smith existed when I was a kid. It refines perceptions about stammering & germinates dignity. Recommended to all who live with disfluency
" - David Mitchell, Author

Let's Play Monsters!
by Lucy Cousins

Come on everybody, Gabriel wants to PLAY! You be a monster, and he'll run away...

Gabriel is being chased by terrible monsters with sharp pointy teeth, spikes on their back, and smelly feet! But it's all right, they can't catch him ... or can they? Let's play monsters!

This brilliant and hilarious picture book is now out in paperback!

Over the Shop
by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Qin Leng

A lonely little girl and her grandparent need to fill the run-down apartment in their building. But taking over the rooms above their shop will mean major renovations for the new occupants, and none of the potential renters can envision the possibilities of the space – until one special couple shows up. With their ingenuity, the little girl’s big heart, and heaps of hard work, the desperate fixer-upper begins to change in lovely and surprising ways.

Would You Like a Banana?
by Yasmeen Ismail

Gorilla is hungry but there is absolutely no way he’s going to eat a banana. Not even a teeny taste. Not with some bread or standing on his head. Even if you eat one too, which is something you might do.

"This charming, Dr Seuss-esque book was fun with the time-honoured strategy for getting toddlers to try new foods."- The Financial Times

Now out in paperback!

Love From Alfie McPoonst, The Best Dog Ever
by Dawn McNiff and illustrated by Patricia Metola


When Alfie the dog dies, he sends his owner Izzy letters in the post from his new address: The Nicest Cloud, Dog Heaven, The Sky. He wants her to know that he misses her – so much! – but his new home in heaven is BRILLIANT. There are postmen to chase, angels to tickle his tummy, and he never even has to take a bath! Can his letters comfort Izzy, who is feeling lost without him?

Now out in paperback!

I Am a Bird
by Hope Lim and illustrated by Hyewon Yum

I am a bird. Ca-Caw! Ca-Caw!

Every day, a little girl rides to school on the back of Daddy’s bike. As they twist and turn through the city streets, the little girl spreads her arms like wings and sings her birdsong for all to hear. But when they pass the strange woman in blue who carries a mysterious bag, the girl goes quiet until the woman is out of sight. One day, when they’re running late, the little girl discovers what the woman does with her bag each morning – a surprise that transforms her wariness into a feeling of kinship to be celebrated.

Now out in paperback!


All of our top picks of the month are now available from all good booksellers!