Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. Macmillan 2013
This is a great book about being yourself, standing out from the crowd and going a little bit wild - whether that be a little crazy or off into the wilderness.  
Peter Brown is lapping up the awards for this book and rightly so. The book is a perfect combination of humour, story telling and great art work. The greys and browns are always put to the background with great bursts of orange and green. The story makes you smile - its about a tiger who wants to break the norm and change peoples opinions. 
Brown uses an array of media to create the illustrations which is really evident on the page - full of texture and colour, Mr Tiger Goes Wild really is a work of art and classic picture book tale. 

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Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. Macmillan 2013

This is a great book about being yourself, standing out from the crowd and going a little bit wild - whether that be a little crazy or off into the wilderness.  

Peter Brown is lapping up the awards for this book and rightly so. The book is a perfect combination of humour, story telling and great art work. The greys and browns are always put to the background with great bursts of orange and green. The story makes you smile - its about a tiger who wants to break the norm and change peoples opinions. 

Brown uses an array of media to create the illustrations which is really evident on the page - full of texture and colour, Mr Tiger Goes Wild really is a work of art and classic picture book tale. 

Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Published by Red Fox 2004.
I want to say that this is the cutest book but feel it’s far too sophisticated to be cute - i think adorable is the best way to describe Beegu. 
Beegu is an alien lost on earth. The cover instantly draws you in to the little yellow creature, looking lost against a dull city landscape. Beegu’s time seems to go from bad to worse and her spirits seem low, until she meets a group of friendly school children and everything seems to get better from there. 
I first bought Beegu about 10 years ago when i started taking an interest in Children’s Book Illustration. Its one of the books that you instantly love from the first page. 
Alexis Deacon’s illustrations ooze so much character and emotion just from one little yellow alien. It’s all so simply done, the ears express most of the emotion and personality. The book is very well composed, the use of text is very limited and the story is mostly told through the images with vignettes adding extra scenes and silent dialogue. 
I showed this book to my niece when she was about 2/3 and she loved it instantly, It was her favourite book for a very long time and i even had a “Beegu” knitted for her which she carried around for months on end. 
I asked her why she loved it so much and she said “Because he’s got long ears and I like s it when he finds his mummy”

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Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Published by Red Fox 2004.

I want to say that this is the cutest book but feel it’s far too sophisticated to be cute - i think adorable is the best way to describe Beegu

Beegu is an alien lost on earth. The cover instantly draws you in to the little yellow creature, looking lost against a dull city landscape. Beegu’s time seems to go from bad to worse and her spirits seem low, until she meets a group of friendly school children and everything seems to get better from there. 

I first bought Beegu about 10 years ago when i started taking an interest in Children’s Book Illustration. Its one of the books that you instantly love from the first page. 

Alexis Deacon’s illustrations ooze so much character and emotion just from one little yellow alien. It’s all so simply done, the ears express most of the emotion and personality. The book is very well composed, the use of text is very limited and the story is mostly told through the images with vignettes adding extra scenes and silent dialogue. 

I showed this book to my niece when she was about 2/3 and she loved it instantly, It was her favourite book for a very long time and i even had a “Beegu” knitted for her which she carried around for months on end. 

I asked her why she loved it so much and she said “Because he’s got long ears and I like s it when he finds his mummy”

Veronica on Petunia’s Farm by Roger Duvoisin. Alfred A, Knopf 2008. Originally published by Alfred A Knopf 1962
Veronica on Petunia’s Farm was originally created in 1962 by Roger Duvoisin, a Swiss born American writer and illustrator. He wrote an illustrated many books over his long career, mainly about the adventures of animals. His technique moved from bold colourful design to collage and paint throughout his career but whatever technique he used he always created outstanding illustrations. 
The story follows Veronica and her arrival at a new farm. She’s very excited about making new friends but the other farm animals are less keen. There’s no getting away from the fact the farm animals are pretty mean, referring to Veronica as ‘IT’ and talking badly about her. Over the course of the story the animals see the error in their ways and go out of their way make sure Veronica is comfortable and happy in her new surroundings. 
The illustrations are just timeless. The animals are bursting with character. You can see the emotion on each one with just a few simple squiggles. Theres a scratchy, effect to the paint work which just give the animals a nice texture and the use of background a space and layout is executed in a very creative way. The alternating pages of black and white to colour are certainly of its time but the use luscious neon pink throughout the book makes it very on trend right now. 
The story may be a little upsetting for some and probably would have been toned down if it first landed on a publishers desk today but thats why its great. I like the books honesty. It doesn’t sugar coat what it’s like to be picked on and how it can affect a person…..or hippo.
Its a fantastic book, with gorgeous illustrations and a strong heartfelt message about acceptance and friendship. High-res

Veronica on Petunia’s Farm by Roger Duvoisin. Alfred A, Knopf 2008. Originally published by Alfred A Knopf 1962

Veronica on Petunia’s Farm was originally created in 1962 by Roger Duvoisin, a Swiss born American writer and illustrator. He wrote an illustrated many books over his long career, mainly about the adventures of animals. His technique moved from bold colourful design to collage and paint throughout his career but whatever technique he used he always created outstanding illustrations. 

The story follows Veronica and her arrival at a new farm. She’s very excited about making new friends but the other farm animals are less keen. There’s no getting away from the fact the farm animals are pretty mean, referring to Veronica as ‘IT’ and talking badly about her. Over the course of the story the animals see the error in their ways and go out of their way make sure Veronica is comfortable and happy in her new surroundings. 

The illustrations are just timeless. The animals are bursting with character. You can see the emotion on each one with just a few simple squiggles. Theres a scratchy, effect to the paint work which just give the animals a nice texture and the use of background a space and layout is executed in a very creative way. The alternating pages of black and white to colour are certainly of its time but the use luscious neon pink throughout the book makes it very on trend right now. 

The story may be a little upsetting for some and probably would have been toned down if it first landed on a publishers desk today but thats why its great. I like the books honesty. It doesn’t sugar coat what it’s like to be picked on and how it can affect a person…..or hippo.

Its a fantastic book, with gorgeous illustrations and a strong heartfelt message about acceptance and friendship.

Maps by Alekandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski. Big Picture Press 2013
I don’t think I could tell you how much I love this book but i’ll try. 
I love maps, I love to travel, I love animals, I love the world and I love books. This was always going to be a winner for me. 
The illustration and attention to detail is astounding. You get taken on a journey of the world, through the continents, focusing on a selection of countries along the way. Each country is generously illustrated with anything and everything - history, food, culture, sport, literature, art, flora, fauna, buildings, landscapes, personalities and so much more. A visual treat for the eyes and the mind!
This is certainly a book that demands rereads over and over again as there is so much see, learn and admire. It’s coffee table book for children and adults with a curious appetite for our planet.
Mizielinska and Mizielinski are book authors and graphic designers from Poland. Together they run Hipopptam Studio in Warsaw. This book took 3 years to make and they even created 2 fonts specifically for it. Do check out their website to see all the other weird and wonderful projects they have done.
Maps has been published in many different languages. Over here (UK) it’s published by Big Picture Press. Do check out their website. They have some amazing innovative books coming out that i’m sure will feature on here at some point.  
Oh children’s picture book publishing is great at the moment!!! High-res

Maps by Alekandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski. Big Picture Press 2013

I don’t think I could tell you how much I love this book but i’ll try. 

I love maps, I love to travel, I love animals, I love the world and I love books. This was always going to be a winner for me. 

The illustration and attention to detail is astounding. You get taken on a journey of the world, through the continents, focusing on a selection of countries along the way. Each country is generously illustrated with anything and everything - history, food, culture, sport, literature, art, flora, fauna, buildings, landscapes, personalities and so much more. A visual treat for the eyes and the mind!

This is certainly a book that demands rereads over and over again as there is so much see, learn and admire. It’s coffee table book for children and adults with a curious appetite for our planet.

Mizielinska and Mizielinski are book authors and graphic designers from Poland. Together they run Hipopptam Studio in Warsaw. This book took 3 years to make and they even created 2 fonts specifically for it. Do check out their website to see all the other weird and wonderful projects they have done.

Maps has been published in many different languages. Over here (UK) it’s published by Big Picture Press. Do check out their website. They have some amazing innovative books coming out that i’m sure will feature on here at some point.  

Oh children’s picture book publishing is great at the moment!!!

Little Smudge by Lionel Le Néouanic. Boxer Books 2006 
French artist Lionel Le Néouanic has created such a beautiful story with most limited use of imagery. That by no means is a bad thing. Le Néouanic uses exactly the right amount of words, colour and smudge to create and wonderful story.
Little Smudge had no one to play with. Smudge hears some colourful shapes playing and asks to join in. They say no. I won’t tell you the rest but you can probably guess where its going. 
Le Nóuanic’s spreads are so carefully designed. Just a touch of shape and colour here and there. I love the black smudge, I love the tears, I love the white space and how it helps the typography playfully interact with the artwork. I love how things fall of the edge of the page, I love the geometric shapes and I love the overall look and feel. Visually, I cant help but think of Paul Rand and Matisse when reading this book. That can only be a good thing!
Who would have thought that a little smudge, a bit of colour a few shapes could tell such a lovely story about friendship, imagination and the belief that you are capable of “wonderful things”.  High-res

Little Smudge by Lionel Le Néouanic. Boxer Books 2006 

French artist Lionel Le Néouanic has created such a beautiful story with most limited use of imagery. That by no means is a bad thing. Le Néouanic uses exactly the right amount of words, colour and smudge to create and wonderful story.

Little Smudge had no one to play with. Smudge hears some colourful shapes playing and asks to join in. They say no. I won’t tell you the rest but you can probably guess where its going. 

Le Nóuanic’s spreads are so carefully designed. Just a touch of shape and colour here and there. I love the black smudge, I love the tears, I love the white space and how it helps the typography playfully interact with the artwork. I love how things fall of the edge of the page, I love the geometric shapes and I love the overall look and feel. Visually, I cant help but think of Paul Rand and Matisse when reading this book. That can only be a good thing!

Who would have thought that a little smudge, a bit of colour a few shapes could tell such a lovely story about friendship, imagination and the belief that you are capable of “wonderful things”. 

One Night, Far From Hereby Julia Wauters. Flying Eye Books 2013. 
When I first heard Nobrow were going to start a children’s Imprint I had really high expectations. Im a big fan of Nobrow, they have consistently published innovative, artistic and individual books for a few years. Their children’s imprint Flying Eye Books certainly doesn’t disappoint and i’m sure a few of their titles will appear on the blog over time. 
Anyway, the first book on my list is One Night, Far From Here. It’s a book that embodies the beauty of a printed, tactile book, bursting with life and colour. With her eloquent prose and carefully chosen palette Wauters takes you on a journey through the oceans, the amazon, the forest, the wilderness and the Savannah. Each place is bustling with wildlife, with each animal is going about their everyday life. Wauters uses transparent pages to help the reader delve further into the habitat to reveal joyous busy scenes full of life and colour. 
The sheer size of the spreads allow you to explore each scene and identify the animals along the way. And if there are any animals you’re not familiar with there is a handy guide at the end.
Enchanting, genius and a book the certainly can be enjoyed again and again.  High-res

One Night, Far From Hereby Julia Wauters. Flying Eye Books 2013. 

When I first heard Nobrow were going to start a children’s Imprint I had really high expectations. Im a big fan of Nobrow, they have consistently published innovative, artistic and individual books for a few years. Their children’s imprint Flying Eye Books certainly doesn’t disappoint and i’m sure a few of their titles will appear on the blog over time. 

Anyway, the first book on my list is One Night, Far From Here. It’s a book that embodies the beauty of a printed, tactile book, bursting with life and colour. With her eloquent prose and carefully chosen palette Wauters takes you on a journey through the oceans, the amazon, the forest, the wilderness and the Savannah. Each place is bustling with wildlife, with each animal is going about their everyday life. Wauters uses transparent pages to help the reader delve further into the habitat to reveal joyous busy scenes full of life and colour. 

The sheer size of the spreads allow you to explore each scene and identify the animals along the way. And if there are any animals you’re not familiar with there is a handy guide at the end.

Enchanting, genius and a book the certainly can be enjoyed again and again. 

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A Mammoth in the Fridge by Michaël Escoffier & Matthieu Maudet. Gecko Press 2012

A Mammoth in the Fridge is about a Bear in the Sink…….Not really, it is of course, about a Mammoth in the Fridge. 

Escoffier has written a bold simple story with not too many words which allows the book to flow perfectly and let the pictures do the talking. Its funny, well paced and has a delicious twist at the end. 

The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! Maudet uses a limited colour palette that matches the humour and simplicity of the book. The images are all slightly offset which give a nice screen printed feel to the book.

Certainly a book that can be read many many times. 

New York in Pyjamarama  Written by Michaël Leblond and illustrated by Frédérique Bertrand. Pheonix Yard Books. 2012
This is book like no other - or at least no other that i’ve seen. It’s about a boy who explores the city of New York in his magical pyjamas. Quite normal. But where this books comes alive is the fact that the pictures can move with the aid of a magical sheet of acetate. 
The images of New York are all iconic, Yellow Taxis, Skyscrapers and the bright shiny lights of Broadway. The collaged graphics are all colourful and simple yet carefully composed to sit well when they’re still and come alive when in motion.
The book could have quite easily been done as an app but it wasn’t. Its a book, a tactile book that needs to be moved around and explored. And thats what i love about it the most. 
Although this book is mostly created by collages Bertrand is a master of piecing paint and drawing together. Check out more of her stuff here. 
New York in Pyjamarama was first published in French by Editions du Rouergue. Do check them out, their books are amazing
Oh and there’s a great little video of the book in all its moving glory here. High-res

New York in Pyjamarama  Written by Michaël Leblond and illustrated by Frédérique Bertrand. Pheonix Yard Books. 2012

This is book like no other - or at least no other that i’ve seen. It’s about a boy who explores the city of New York in his magical pyjamas. Quite normal. But where this books comes alive is the fact that the pictures can move with the aid of a magical sheet of acetate. 

The images of New York are all iconic, Yellow Taxis, Skyscrapers and the bright shiny lights of Broadway. The collaged graphics are all colourful and simple yet carefully composed to sit well when they’re still and come alive when in motion.

The book could have quite easily been done as an app but it wasn’t. Its a book, a tactile book that needs to be moved around and explored. And thats what i love about it the most. 

Although this book is mostly created by collages Bertrand is a master of piecing paint and drawing together. Check out more of her stuff here

New York in Pyjamarama was first published in French by Editions du Rouergue. Do check them out, their books are amazing

Oh and there’s a great little video of the book in all its moving glory here.

I am an Artist by Marta Altes. Macmillan. 2013
Oh where do i begin with this book. Its got too many delightful features to choose from. I think my favourite things though are it’s sense of fun and ode to any artist out there. 
It’s about a boy who just loves to create art. He’s inspired by everything and uses anything in sight to make his next masterpiece - a big project especially for his Mum.
The drawings are great, combining Altes recognisable paintings with the naive drawings of a child’s. It really works, even when Altes draws a mess it looks great. 
There’s a bit of a nod to fellow Spaniard Picasso too with the boys stripy jumper and his somewhat “Blue” phase. Good fun, great drawings, nice and colourful and a must for anyone who likes to make things.  High-res

I am an Artist by Marta Altes. Macmillan. 2013

Oh where do i begin with this book. Its got too many delightful features to choose from. I think my favourite things though are it’s sense of fun and ode to any artist out there. 

It’s about a boy who just loves to create art. He’s inspired by everything and uses anything in sight to make his next masterpiece - a big project especially for his Mum.

The drawings are great, combining Altes recognisable paintings with the naive drawings of a child’s. It really works, even when Altes draws a mess it looks great. 

There’s a bit of a nod to fellow Spaniard Picasso too with the boys stripy jumper and his somewhat “Blue” phase. Good fun, great drawings, nice and colourful and a must for anyone who likes to make things. 

When I Was BornWritten by Isabel Minhos Martins, Illustrated by Madalena Matoso. Tate. 2011
A gorgeous book about being small and discovering everything for the first time. From the smells of chicken soup to the sound of the waves to the touch of sand. This book is all about the senses and how they help you explore the world around you. 
Matoso’s illustrations make this book a visual treat, using flat vivid colours to take us through the world as seen by a child. 
This book was first published by Planeta Tangerina, a portuguese collective who publish the most sublime unique picture books that can be enjoyed by adults and children. They make me want to learn Portuguese just so i can buy all their books!!!!
When I Was Born perfectly combines a simple concept and poetic text with bold, contemporary illustrations. Buy it, read it and then read it again. Its amazing.  High-res

When I Was BornWritten by Isabel Minhos Martins, Illustrated by Madalena Matoso. Tate. 2011

A gorgeous book about being small and discovering everything for the first time. From the smells of chicken soup to the sound of the waves to the touch of sand. This book is all about the senses and how they help you explore the world around you. 

Matoso’s illustrations make this book a visual treat, using flat vivid colours to take us through the world as seen by a child. 

This book was first published by Planeta Tangerina, a portuguese collective who publish the most sublime unique picture books that can be enjoyed by adults and children. They make me want to learn Portuguese just so i can buy all their books!!!!

When I Was Born perfectly combines a simple concept and poetic text with bold, contemporary illustrations. Buy it, read it and then read it again. Its amazing.