Under the ocean – Pop-up book

This gorgeous Pop-up book lives in the highest shelf of the bookcase in the kids room so my 2 year-old one doesn’t get his hands on it. I couldn’t see it broken, it is precious.

Under the ocean, by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud is a wonderful, stunning pop-up book. The images says it all. Every page is a little world to discover. I’m very jealous that I’m not the designer of this book. The dream, to do a book like this one.

I bought it on the Tate Britain which it is WAY cheaper than Amazon. Check the price difference in those websites! Worthy the money though! A very very special present for the kids (or for you!)

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The heart and the bottle

Yesterday my 5 year-old son came home from school with a lot of questions about a very difficult subject. A girl from his class lost his sister and they talked about death at school. He was very concerned (and so was I) as this is the first time that the subject comes along. We talked very seriously and I think he understood the importance of the subject.

After dinner we read this book, The heart and the bottle by Oliver Jeffers. Perfect for cases like this one.

The story is about this little girl who lost his grandfather and she turned herself into grief. She put her heart into a bottle to protect it from anything else. What I love from this book it that, without a fuss, Jeffers conveys huge emotions trough his stories. He already talked about loss in his other books and how to gently overcome it with the help of friends. It is a nice, moving story and, as always, the illustrations are fantastic.

I was glad we had this book at home.

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Wild by Emily Hughes

A couple of days ago, it was the birthday of my little son. For me, having a child like him was a SHOCK. Son N1 was an angel, the perfect child.
This one is something else, he breaks everything he touches, he always finds a different use for things, he screams, tantrums for 30 minutes, we are always living in A& E, he never agrees with what I say, and he is only 2 and driving me crazy.

So when I heard about this book, I thought it was perfect for him. It is called WILD.

The story goes that this feral girl was raised in the jungle by animals and then some humans tried to take her to the civilisation. It didn’t go very well. The story is a wonderful, heart warming one, specially if you love animals.

But I want to put special attention to the illustrations, they are marvellous. Emily Hughes’s scenes depict some very sweet moments between the animals and the girl. You can buy it from the Flying Eye website.

We read this book again and again with my 2 sons and we love it. I treasure it and I keep it safe from the wild creature in my house, and to be honest (shh don’t tell him) I bought more for me that for him.

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The day the crayons quit

Of course it was Christmas and I have many many new books to recommend, these kids are so lucky, they had a lot of new books as presents.

The one we read yesterday was “The day the crayons quit” which is a very original story.
The crayons don’t want to work anymore so they each wrote a complain letter to their owner Duncan. It is brilliant, extremely funny story by Drew Daywalt.

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the creator of Lost and Found.

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The Hole

So in my never ending search for new book for my children, I found this one. It is called THE HOLE by Øyvind-Torseter. It is a very simple but funny story, the character finds a hole in his flat, as you can see all the book has a hole in the middle, so the story evolves with the character and the hole. You have to buy it, I’m not giving away the story, it’s too good!

You can find it Amazon

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Big Mean Mike

I picked this book from the library last week. Mainly because I was intrigued by the cover.
It is hilarious.
Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighbourhood. He has a big mean car that he likes to drive around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows that Mike is big and mean and that’s just the way he likes it. Then one day a tiny fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Before anyone can see, Mike puts the bunny down on the pavement and drives away. When the tiny fuzzy bunny shows up again and this time brings a friend, Mike tells them both to get lost. Big, mean dogs do not hang out with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies are SO sweet…
My son loved it! And I love the lesson that it teaches to the kids. Very recommended.

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Each Peach Pear Plum

This book is a classic, an “I spy” story with Rhymed text and gorgeous illustrations. Written and illustrated by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum is one of the most popular picture books in public libraries. I found it in a clearance of books from a playgroup that we used to go. Lucky me.

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Guess how much I love you

Oh this book is so, so sweet! A friend of my mother in law gave this book to Rafi when he was born but we started enjoying it not long ago.
The illustrations are gorgeous and the story, amazingly moving.
This masterpiece by Sam McBratney is one of the new classics that, if you don’t have it, I strongly recommend you to buy a copy to your little one, or if you dont know which book to give as a present, this one really is 5 stars. The illustrator is Anita Jeram.

You can buy it here