Monthly Archives: June 2011

A book to help a child, or anyone, suffering the loss of a loved one

Bear’s closest friend, a little bird, has died and Bear misses him dreadfully His friends don’t understand his feelings so Bear shuts himself away with his grief, until one day the sun is shining and he ventures outside once again.  He … Continue reading

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Michael Morpurgo wins Red House Book Award for his book Shadow

Shadow tells the story of Aman and his mother who are struggling to  survive living in a cave in war-torn Afghanistan when a thin, wounded, but very determined dog turns up, and after a lot of love and attention becomes Aman’s loyal … Continue reading

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Michael Morpurgo’s done it again!

Michael Morpurgo has a new book ‘Little Manfred’ that tells the story behind a wooden Dachshund on wheels which is in the Imperial War Museum. Morpurgo starts the story in 1966 with the backdrop of that World Cup. Charley and her little brother … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the new Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson!

Julia Donaldson is obviously best known for ‘The Gruffalo’ and her other books which are illustrated by Axel Scheffler but I love ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ that she has done in collaboration with the illustrator David Roberts, and ‘Cave Baby’ with Emily Gravett. Her … Continue reading

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My favourite quotations about books

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” Franz Kafka “Books are the children of the brain.” Jonathan Swift “A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.” … Continue reading

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Wake up your creativity – be inspired!

Three books recently got my attention as they are by highly creative people and stir and excite my own dormant creative spirit. The first is a joy for any fans of the work of Shaun Tan – if you are … Continue reading

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An interesting evening at Andersen Press

I spent yesterday evening at Andersen Press in London to see Wendy Cooling (Children’s books guru) interview three authors about their recently published books for teenagers; Sharon Dogar ‘Annexed’, Ali Smith ‘Everybody Jam’ and Jason Wallace ‘Out of the Shadows’ … Continue reading

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