Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks (Templar, RRP Â£6.99) follows three dastardly cats in their quest to capture a penguin. But they hadn’t bargained on such a formidable adversary. Fab illustrations (especially the wily penguin) and an engaging narrative for toddlers.
Flora & the Flamingo by Molly Idle (Chronicle Books, RRP Â£10.99). I may not like pink, but I love this extremely pink book. It has a real 1930s feel as it tells the story of copycat Flora and her feathered pal through a series of beautiful illustrations and lift-the-flap devices and no words whatsoever. A total joy that would make a lovely gift.
Dot to Dot…Â by Malcolm Cossons (Thames and Hudson, RRP Â£7.95) This is another book with a twist. It features a little girl called Dot, who lives in London, and her grandmother, also named Dot, who share a birthday. Each of their stories starts at opposite ends of the book and eventually meets in happy conclusion in the middle.
The Museum by Susan Verde (Abrams Books for Young Readers, RRP Â£9.99) A brilliant way to introduce your little one to the idea of artworks and the responses they can provoke in the viewer. The illustrations are fab and the story is pleasingly sing songy. I asked Alfie what he thought of each picture and his answers were fascinating.
Sidney, Stella & The Moon by Emma Yarlett (Templar, RRP Â£12.99) A great one to buy for young twins, Yarlett’s debut book is the tale of siblings Sidney and Stella, who resolutely refuse to share, until an unfortunate incident involving the moon forces them to work together. The vibe is a bit Oliver Jeffers, which is probably why I like it!