In Jane Porter’s newest title, Pink Lion, the titular creature – Arnold by name – lives with his surrogate family of flamingos in a large watering hole. Quite how Arnold has come to be part of this arrangement is never fully explained to us, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter – his family love and accept him despite the difference in species, and he has great fun playing games with them each day.Read More
In Ellie and Lump’s Very Busy Day – the latest title from Smarties Prize nominee Dorothy Clark – the title characters, two young elephants, wake up in the morning full of energy. As they help their mother plan a birthday surprise for their father, their day is told through onomatopoeia and childhood exuberance, from boing-bouncing on beds to whizz-whooshing around the supermarket with the trolley.Read More
“I am Bear. And I am bare. The suit I wear has purple hair.”
So begins I Am Bear, a short story aimed very much at the pre-school crowd. It is also the debut publication for Ben Bailey Smith, an actor and rapper – in the latter guise he usually goes by the name ‘Doc Brown’.
Simon James has a prolific track record when it comes to children’s stories with messages about taking care of the environment, some more subtle than others. Two notables are 1991’s Sally and the Limpet, in which the titular character pulls a limpet from a rock and gets it hopelessly stuck on her finger, and Dear Greenpeace from the following year about a whale that ends up in the garden pond of a little girl called Emily, and her subsequent correspondence with Greenpeace about her efforts to take care of it – even though they clearly don’t believe her. His latest offering, Frog and Beaver, refers to more domestic environments, and also teaches important lessons about being considerate of one’s neighbours – but, as with the two aforementioned titles, the story is told in a fun and engaging way.Read More
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