Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Celebrating World Book Day

It's World Book Day today, so I'd like to celebrate my love for children's books by heartily recommending 5 of my faves (in no particular order!)

1- Maggot Moon Written by Sally Gardner

What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has different-coloured eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright — sees things differently than the rest of the "train-track thinkers." So when Standish and his only friend and neighbour, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big...One hundred very short chapters, told in an utterly original first-person voice, propel readers through a narrative that is by turns gripping and darkly humorous, bleak and chilling, tender and transporting.

Visit Sally's blog here 

2- Mr BIG written and illustrated by Ed Vere

Mr Big is strong, Mr Big is tough, Mr Big is ...well ...big! He has just one small problem - because of the way he looks he just can't get people to stick around. How can he show them that although he may look a little scary, he is just a great big softy inside? With his trademark bold colour and masterful graphic simplicity, Ed Vere sensitively and humorously tackles the universal and current subject of inclusion, reminding the reader that to get to know someone you need to look beyond their exterior. This is the third picture book from an exciting new talent, whose previous titles "The Getaway" and "Banana" have received great critical acclaim.

3- My Grandpa written and illustrated by Marta Altes 

My Grandpa is getting old. But that's how he is, and that's why I love him.

Visit Marta's website here

4- Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella written and illustrated by James Mayhew 

Can the adorable Ella Bella Ballerina help Cinderella get to the Royal Ball?
Alone on the stage after class, Ella Bella opens Madame Rosa's magical musical box and is whisked off into the world of the Cinderella ballet. But will Ella Bella be able to help Cinderella meet her perfect Prince Charming?

Visit James wonderful blog here.. 

5- The Tom Gates books by Liz Pichon

The highs and lows of Tom's life are funnier and more extreme than ever in this fourth wicked diary from the Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning series! 

Visit Liz's blog here 

Visit the World Book Day website here 

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