Greenaway Longlist 2016 · Greenaway Nominations 2016

Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

Everything about this book is beautiful. It’s a sign of a great picture book when it appeals to parent’s as much as young children.   At its simplest level, this is an adventure story which highlights a little boys loving relationship with his grandad.  For adults, and for children who have experienced the loss of a… Continue reading Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

Greenaway Longlist 2016 · Greenaway Nominations 2016

Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony

Please Mr Panda is beautifully illustrated picture book by award winning author and illustrator Steve Antony. The story is simple but effective, highlighting the need for good manners including patience and politeness. The illustrations are bright, bold and seem to fit perfectly with the text and the humour within the book can be enjoyed by both parents… Continue reading Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016 · Carnegie Shortlist 2016

The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree is a novel which at the moment seems to need no further recommendation, having just won the Costa Book of the Year 2015. This book is a well-deserved winner, Hardinge manages to write novels which are completely original and take the reader on a hauntingly dark yet beautiful journey. Set in the… Continue reading The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

Carnegie Nominations 2016

Land by Alex Campbell

Land is the extraordinary tale of a girl named Christy and her fight to survive in a bleak and divided landscape.  When the water rose and destroyed most of the world, civilisation continued in ‘Land’; a dystopian community separated by social status, and ruthlessly governed. Abiding by Land’s strict rules, seventeen-year old Christy faces a… Continue reading Land by Alex Campbell

Greenaway Nominations 2016

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna

Beatrice Alemagna’s The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy is every bit as cute and lovely as you would hope.  Translated from the original French text Le Merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit, the story follows little Eddie and her search for the perfect birthday gift. Every page is brimming with tiny and meticulous details, as we follow Eddie on her… Continue reading The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna