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Picking picture books

I have a nice and varied pile of picture books here. I’ll start with Nick Sharratt’s Fancy Dress Farmyard, which is precisely what it sounds like. Pig and Donkey and the others dress up and cover their faces with masks. And then they have a party. Lovely illustrations as ever.

Picture books

And – in no particular order – we have The Snorgh and the Sailor by Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty. The illustrations will appeal to the adults who end up reading this to their little ones. It’s about putting up with new ideas and not being a stick-in-the-mud, and to look for friendship in unlikely places.

The magic word pops up in Never say NO to a Princess, by Tracey Corderoy and Kate Leake. The princess takes a while, but she gets it in the end, with the help of her friend the dragon.

Ben Blathwayt tells a lovely tale in Minnow and the Bear. Minnow may be small, but he can do things, too. He ‘grows up’ and he makes a new friend and he saves the day. Eventually.

Arthur has a dream in Polly Dunbar’s Arthur’s Dream Boat, but no one will listen. So he has to insist on telling them what happened. Lovely Dunbar-ish illustrations as you’d expect.

Finally, we have Jez Alborough’s Six Little Chicks, because it’s almost Easter. There is a most disturbing picture of the innocent little chicks and a great big fox peering in at them. How will it end?

Yes, how will it end? Not necessarily as you’d expect.