AppleÂ by Nikki McClure (Abrams Books for Young Readers, RRPÂ Â£7.99)
McClure’sÂ To Market, To MarketÂ is one of our favourite reads and I know Kat loves her signature paper-cut illustrations and ethos (placing emphasis on community and seasonal produce) as well. This is going straight on Kitty’s Christmas list – a simple monochrome and red exploration of the life cycle of an apple featuring single word descriptions. Just lovely.
Bob and the Moontree Mystery by Simon Bartram (Templar, RRP Â£6.99)
If you’ve never met Bob, the man on the moon, and his trusty sidekick Barry the one-eyed alien dog, then you’re definitely missing out. Simon Bartram’s exquisitely illustrated books are Alfie’s current bedtime reads of choice. The latest adventure is no exception – what is in the strange golden fruits that appear on the mysterious tree?
A First Poetry Book by Pie Corbett and Gaby Morgan (MacMillan Children’s Books, RRP Â£6.99)
Toddlers respond well to rhyming text, so this is the perfect time to introduce your child to poetry. This book (although Amazon cites it as for 5 to 7-year-olds) is a great starter volume featuring poems about all your little ones favourite subjects, from pirates and pets to friends and fairies, via emotions and senses.
The Selfish Crocodile Jigsaw Book by Faustin Charles (Bloomsbury, RRPÂ Â£9.99)
This is a cute idea for puzzle-mad tots. Each of the pictures opposite the text is a jigsaw – put the pieces together to see what happens in the story. Charles’s grumpy croc is always a winner and Michael Terry’s illustrations are a treat.
Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd (Templar, RRPÂ Â£10.99)
I do love a good reworking of a fairy tale and Cinderelephant is just that. Our heroine is a lovable pachyderm, bullied by the Warty (warthog) Sisters before achieving her dream of attending Prince Trunky’s ball with the help of her Fairy Godmouse. Dodd’s illustrations are fabulous.