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Picture books for children – reviews
Flora and fauna loom large as authors incorporate issues around the climate crisis

Imogen Carter

11, Feb, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Meet Simone Lia, cartoonist and champion of the humble worm
The Observer’s comic-strip artist on her new children’s book and her obsession with invertebrates

Kate Kellaway

10, Nov, 2019 @7:55 AM

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Otter magic: Spell Songs cry out to save our vanishing countryside
It has comforted the downtrodden, inspired Britain’s schoolchildren and even been sprayed as graffiti. Now, the book has shifted shape again – into music

Robert Macfarlane

16, Jan, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Love, hate and hypocrisy: the best books about animals and humans
Author Aminatta Forna recommends a canine history by Konrad Lorenz, and Karen Joy Fowler’s novel about a family that raises a chimp, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Aminatta Forna

31, Dec, 2018 @7:00 AM

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This Zoo Is Not for You by Ross Collins review – an irresistible pleasure
This beautifully illustrated tale of a put-upon platypus is given extra bite by the author’s mischievous sense of humour

Imogen Carter

14, Aug, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Picture books for children reviews – from old hats to new homes
Neil Gaiman’s pearl-eyed princess and a magical tale of moving house are among the best illustrated reads for kids this summer

Kate Kellaway

23, Jul, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Picture books for children reviews – penguins, pythons and presidents
This year’s Easter treats swap chocolate eggs for philosophy, and fluffy chicks for JFK, but are no less touching or hilarious for it

Kate Kellaway

16, Apr, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Picture books for children reviews – something to chirp about
A classic song leaps from the page while a baby bunny throws a monster tantrum… the pick of the titles for younger readers

Kate Kellaway

20, Nov, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Fiction for older children reviews – half-dead and dead funny
Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon fleshes out her teenage queen of hell, while Frank Cottrell Boyce’s screwball comedy has depth

Kitty Empire

31, Jul, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Children’s picture book reviews – when tired animals are the dream ticket
Flooding causes problems for a tidy badger, a dog leads a book thief to the library and it’s bedtime for bears…

Kate Kellaway

31, Jul, 2016 @6:00 AM

Animal Farm by George Orwell - review
Pirate Bones: ‘This book is set in a future when animals are much cleverer than now and the pigs start a revolution’

Pirate Bones

05, Jul, 2016 @5:00 PM

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Top 10 great foxes in children’s books
Ali Sparkes, author of the Dax Jones Shapeshifters series, shares her favourite foxy fables

Ali Sparkes

30, Jun, 2016 @7:30 AM

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