(5th March 2015, Orchard Books. Paperback. Review copy.)
Your Hand in My Hand is a cute story of a parent and child out discovering the world together. It shows the bond between Mother/Father and Child, and the parent taking the child out on an adventure, and also encourages parents to nurture their child-like sense of wonder of the ordinary - to see the world through their child's eyes. The two little mice are adorable, and the illustrations are really cute, in a almost collage style. This is such a lovely story!
(4th June 2015, Oxford University Press. Board book - also available in paperback. Review copy.)
This book is based on the song by Bob Thiele & George David Weiss, which was sung by Louis Armstrong. Everyone knows this song, and it's a song loved by many. It's fantastic that Hopgood took the lyrics and created such a beautiful picture book! The bright colourful illustrations wonderfully capture the lyrics, and it's just gorgeous. Parents will hear the song being sung in their head as they read to their children, and this fantastic book will bring a smile to the faces of child and parent alike.
(21st July 2015, Familius. Hardback. Bought.)
This book is absolutely gorgeous, and I was immediately drawn to the eye-catching gold-on-black illustrations! This book is a complete work of art. It's the story of the man in the moon, how he got there; a boy falls in love with the moon, and does all he can to make the moon love him back. It's a little worrying how persistant the boy is, despite the moon continuing to reject him - not the best messages to be teaching children; boys, keep trying, and you don't need to listen to "no", girls, expect boys to try really hard, and give you gifts. It just seems to encourage creepiness from boys and materialism in girls. I think, despite the questionable story, it could be a really good teaching aid. And it is absolutely beautiful, it might be difficult to resist buying, anyway.
Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Sarah Massini
(14th January 2016, Bloomsbury Children's Books. Paperback. Review Copy)
A story about how there are kisses for all occassions; when you're hurt or when you're sick, or when you're scared or trying to say sorry. It's a story of how affection and love can fix most problems when you're young, and encourages a child to be tactile. Lovely illustrations of the teddy bear family sharing kisses for every possible situation are shown throughout. A really charming story perfect to be read to a child who's a little upset and in need of a kiss themselves!
Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Alison Brown
(11th February 2016, Bloomsbury Children's Books. Paperback. Review copy.)
Another book from Prasadam-Halls. This is the gorgeous story of how parents will stand by their child no matter what. It's a story that will show the child how much they're loved, and assure them that their parents will love them and be there for them always; there when they're scared, there when they're happy, and encouraging them to be brave. It's just the sweetest story, and with illustrations where the children picture themselves doing the same as the characters, relate, and remember when their parents were there for them. Simply beautiful.
Thank you to Orchard Books, Oxford University Press and Bloomsbury Children's Books for the review copies.
What do you think? Have you read any of these books? What did the children in your life think of them?