Children’s Picture Books – Reviews | picture books

WWith all its strange sounds and amazing skills, the human body is endlessly fascinated by children. This new Jane Welcher book fuels interest in a format that is nearly as colorful and inquisitive as human anatomy itself. nice body (What on Earth) It comes with a magic lens, a kind of red magnifying glass that you grab from the heart of the front cover, to view the inner workings of the eyeballs and organs, scabbed knees, and baby bumps.

Andrés Lozano explains, that each cartoon spread is dedicated to a different aspect of the body and its care (like the teeth, or what happens during surgery). Filled with succinct facts and body positivity, it’s a title for kids to return to as they grow up: Little hands will love holding the lens and watching the bones appear; Those in the upper elementary school years may read cover to cover, learning new vocabulary as they go.

GREAT BODY: Little hands will love holding the lens and watching the bones appear
GREAT BODY: “Little hands will love holding the lens and watching the bones pop.” Illustration: Andreės Lozano

Feelings that pulsate beneath the surface of the physical self are a big focus of today’s comic books. modern version, my bindi (Scholastic), takes a joyful approach to addressing anxiety about difference. It’s time for Divya to start wearing the bindi but at first she was afraid of standing out, as her classmates view her as ‘weird’. Photographer Arcana Srinivasan cleverly weaves Hindu-style bindi designs and flourishes, visually representing the fusion of cultures, in the pages of Gita Varadarajan’s first illustrated book.

Speaking of debut, this year she was judged by the Macmillan Illustration Award, an award that has been launching careers for new comic book talent, such as Emily Gravett, for 37 years. It’s an exciting time for the genre – in January, Nielsen BookScan numbers showed that The comic book market has outpaced fiction It is aimed at older readers for the first time since micro-recordings began. And if the new art school talent entering the 2022 Macmillan Prize is anything to go by (notably Heike Schaerer, who was crowned this month with a Macmillan Prize winner). queuingher child’s beautiful imaginative look at the everyday situation), will thrive for years to come.

Who tickles Tilly?  by Rob Jones.
‘Small engineering feat’: Who tickled Tilly? by Rob Jones.

Board books rarely appear in this column but have actually appeared in recent years, and Rob Jones is clearly one of the authors who enjoys the model. After the sausage dog nickname concertina-style, Where’s Brian Down?his latest book “Veeeeerrrrry Long Folded” for Babies and Toddlers, Who tickles Tilly? (Farshure, Aug. 4), the star of an incredibly tall dinosaur trying to find the tickle of its distant tail. Across the pages, I asked everyone from Valerie the T rex to Terry (roasting marshmallows on a volcano) until finally—with the entire book stretching two metres—the cute little culprit was revealed. It’s not just a story, it’s a small engineering feat. It really tickled me.

Another master of the absurd returns for the third picnic in Billy and the Beast series. Nadia Sherine Billy and the pirates (Jonathan Cape) finds our big-haired heroine and her owner Fatkat trying to return a mysterious key in a bottle to Kevin the Kraken. Expect scratches, seafaring baddies, and plenty of snacks.

New to the position of Children’s Award winner, Joseph Coelho (the first black man in the role since it began in 1999) is released our horoscope (Francis Lincoln, Aug. 2), The tale of three friends who live in a “boring, gray” high-rise, illustrated by Richard Johnson. One day, children are drawn into the forest by an enchanted tree offering them a stone, allowing them to see their home in a new light. “I wanted to bring the magic of Narnia to the Tower,” said Coelho, who drew on his experience growing up in London — which seems to be the perfect mission statement at the start of a period coinciding with high bills and hard families, when books can’t fill their stomachs but can provide hope and escape.

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