Tuesday 26 November 2013

A Yuletide Bonanza!

‘The Yuletide season is almost upon us dear chums, the perfect time for sharing a picture book under a huge cosy quilt so here for your delectation and delight are a selection of absolute Christmas Picture Book Crackers.‘

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Shaun Tan - Rules of Summer
A mesmeric addition to Shaun Tan’s eclectic array of thoughtful and surreal picture books.
Two brothers explore the boundaries of their relationship in a breath taking landscape inhabited by a menagerie of make-believe creatures. This book grows more sublime with every brush stroke and each turn of the page.
Quiet menace … a scene from Tan's <i>Rules of Summer</i> (Lothian Books/Hachette).

Herman’s Letter  by Tom Percival 
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The best depiction of friendship since Bert and Ernie, Herman (the bear) and Henry (the raccoon) are best of friends but when Henry moves away Herman has trouble dealing with his own company and feeling jealous of Henry’s new life.
Herman decides to embark on an epic and at times hilarious journey to find his best friend.  A perfect book for sharing with someone you love.
Herman's Letter Page spread

Ernest and Celestine - Merry Christmas 
By Gabrielle Vincent
Published by Catnip distributed by Bounce Marketing
Dear old bear and little mouse are back in a beautiful classic, Using ingenuity and love Ernest organizes a wonderful Christmas party for Celestine and her friends. A wonderful traditional tale with a supremely relevant message about the joys of a homemade Christmas and sharing it with those you love. Home really is where the heart is with Ernest and Celestine, this book is as warming and comforting as an afternoon by a log fire with a cup of hot chocolate.
'Merry Christmas Ernest and Celestine'
Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space 
By Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman 
Published by Flying Eye Books
Flying Eye Books are trailing a dazzling blaze with this utterly visually arresting book - Professor Astro Cat guides our intrepid space explorers on an amazing interstellar adventure – Ben's artwork is eye boggling, cool and cutting edge and compliments perfectly the fact filled text in a unique and engaging way. Complete with a fact file at the back and cheese stealing aliens – What’s not to love. 
A beautifully produced book which will leap off the shelves.
Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten 
Published by Nosy Crow
A perfectly pink rhyming ‘tail’ about a mischievous kitten and a ball of magical pink wool. 
Penelope has the run of a most marvelous palace as she chases a playful kitten tumbling and skipping through the grounds of her home. With a wonderful vibrant pink glittery trail to follow on each page. Completely delicious .

The Story of Stars – By Neal Layton 
The third in the ‘Story of…’ series , The Story of Stars contains millions of stars and the rest of the cosmos squashed into 10 pop-up pages.. that’s all!!!!!
The Story of the Stars - Hardback - 9781444901122 - Neal Layton
You will gasp and gawp at the incredible pop-up’s which spring, shoot and unfurl from the pages of this book. A chronological journey through the discovery of stars with Neal’s hilarious mad cap style and numerous funny details to spot  - this book will be shared over and over for millions of years to come.  
Stars the universe and EVERYTHING – what more could one ask for? Also a special mention to in mind boggling background research undertaken by Captain Layton – He certainly deserves a sit down and a cup of tea.
stars rockets
A Letter for Bear – By David Lucas 
Published by Flying Eye Books
A glistening gem of a book – a small hardback printed in the colours of frosted ginger bread this story tells the wintery tale of an earnest post man bear and how a cockle warming cosy Christmas cave party with his forest friends came to be.

Alice Through The Looking Glass
Published by Harper Collins:

A beautiful re-imagining of the lesser known Alice tale including
all of your favorite characters to spot.  
This version will engage and enthrall readers of all ages and make an enviable addition to any home library. 
Emma’s vibrant pallet and ability to create movement and character make this particular version a true treasure.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Babar Collection – By Jean De Brunhoff 
Published by Egmont
An exquisite slipcased edition of a much-loved collection of stories featuring a regal family of elephants. 
With a beautiful mix of 5 classic stories including Babar and Father Christmas, fans of Babar new and old will relish this wonderful book.
This timeless collection would make a wonderful gift.
The Babar Collection: Five Classic Stories
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Special Edition
By Judith Kerr – Published by Harper Collins
A delectable celebration edition of what must be one of the most iconic picture books of recent generations. With vibrant technicolor illustrations which will transport you instantly into Sophie’s world. 
First created in 1968 this tale of an imaginary tiger and the implications of having one over to tea will continue to appeal to young readers for many many years to come.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Slipcase Edition

Pug’s Picks of the year: 
A special mention for some of my 
particular highlights of 2013
I have been extremely lucky this year to have received an absolute abundance of wonderful picture books, but if I was pushed and HAD to choose 4 which I just KNOW you will love then these are the one's I'd pick.
The Storm Whale – By Benji Davies (@Benji_Davies)
Published by Simon and Schuster - Review here
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam
By Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton  (@TraceyCorderoy and @2dScrumptious)
Published by Nosy Crow - Review here
A future gem publishing soon illustrated by lully Steve Lenton shifty mcgifty and Slippery Sam! Classic
Primrose by Alex T Smith (@Alex_T_Smith)
Published by Scholastic - Review here
Amazing Primrose by Alex T Smith, featuring a familiar pug!
Bubble & Squeak by James Mayhew and Clara Vulliamy (@mayhewjames and @ClaraVulliamy)
Published by Orchard Books - Review here
Happy Reading Sniffers – See you next year! TOOT TOOT!

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1 comment:

  1. Superb! Your christmas booky pressie list looks fa-bu-LOUS!


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