Review: Treasure Hunt by Alice Melvin

Award-winning Edinburgh-based illustrator Alice Melvin has chosen to mark ten years of her relationship with the Tate Gallery by releasing Treasure Hunt, a keepsake activity book aimed squarely at the over fives. It’s a charming little collection of activities that your child is sure to love, particularly during the autumn and winter months.

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Review: Let’s Join In by Shirley Hughes

Described as ‘a first book of bedtime stories’, Let’s Join In by Shirley Hughes is an anthology of the four books that make up the ‘Olly and Me’ series – the ‘me’ being infant Olly’s toddler sister, Katie. While perhaps not as well-known as some of Hughes’ other titles, including Dogger and the Alfie series, they are still quite charming in their own way and great fun to read aloud at bedtime. 

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Review: Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari Jumps tells the story of a little boy who has just passed his swim test and is ready for his first big jump off the diving board – however, when he arrives at the pool he realises it looks ‘high…and maybe a little scary’, so his dad tries to encourage him to overcome his fear.

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Review: Pink Lion by Jane Porter

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.

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