Tuesday 15 March 2011

A nice sit down and a cup of tea with Jo De Guia

Yesterday's splendid spring sunshine brought on a worrying and unexpected urge to take a stroll...I donned my best cravat and headed to Victoria Park to take in the air.
Natch this was all an elaborate ruse as I had an alternative motive in wanting to drop by a super-smashing independent children's book shop Victoria Park Books and meet it's moving and shaking proprietor the fabulous Jo De Guia.
Jo immediately invited me in and offered to make me a nice cup of tea - I'd taken the precaution and packed several boney'o treats wrapped up in a spotted handkerchief (I only packed 5 though so not quite enough to share around)  


Brimming with books!
Here my dear book sniffers are Jo's recommendations for 5 of the best
new hot-off-the-press picture books!


Book selling whirlwind and Children's book enthusiast Jo De Guia

"It is almost impossible to single out five new titles from the mass of picture book publications this month.  However here are the five best which immediately come to mind"

Lost in the Toy Museum
Hardback £11.99

"A very simply but effective story set in the Museum of Childhood just down the road from us in Bethnal Green.  The pictures are exquisite and the book itself can act as a beautiful guide around the museum.  We love David Lucas and are always very excited about his new publications!"

Frances Lincoln
Hardback £11.99

"A story about fitting in and discovering enjoyment in your own individuality and particular way of seeing things.  It reminds me a bit of Daft Bat by Jeanne Willis.  I really love the illustrations which have a touch of the 1970s about them." (note authors name upside down on the cover - a nice touch tre funny!)

The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate
Hardback £10.99
"Not really brand new but we love it so much and the paperback isn’t out until the summer.  This is a fabulous tale of an admirable woman who is happily living her own life when an arguably “wicked” pirate knocks on the door and tries to come into her life.  The pictures are wonderful and funny and have lots of appealing little details to look out for, and the story has a little more meat on it and would therefore be suitable for slightly older children too."

Little Nino, the Firefly
By Sueli Menezes
Hardback £14.99
"Luminous illustrations and incredibly high production values add lustre to this fable about the power of working together to achieve something which is seemingly impossible."

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Tove Jansson
Tate Publishing
Hardback £12.99
"Available for the first time in English, the edition of Alice with illustrations by the creator of the Moomins.  A gorgeous copy of a classic story."

Next time the sun is shining...or even if its not, pop in to Victoria Park Books you'll be in for a treat - Thanks for letting us stop by Jo!

London, United Kingdom, E9 7HD

277 and 388 Bus
Bethnal Green and Mile End tube
Homerton overland

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