Bookshelf Picture Books

Tibble and Grandpa

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Grandpa always seems to be gardening. Tibble can’t understand it, but mum says that grandpa just needs time. Increasingly concerned, Tibble persists and gradually, Grandpa responds. Little by little, he opens up and answers as they talk about his favourite things. Playing the ‘Top Three’ game leads to a discussion about their top three Grannies whilst looking at the stars.

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This is such a beautiful story. Tibble’s longing for his Grandpa to notice him, talk to him, play with him is so poignant, underlining Grandpa’s all consuming grief. Moments of gentle humour balance this perfectly, using the top three game so effectively. Tibble’s answers show much about his personality and how he sees the world!

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The book shows the strength of grandparent/ grandchild relationships and how close these can be. When naming their top three grannies, Grandpa shares precious memories of his lost wife and the reader fully understands his grief, but also the healing power of love and togetherness.

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The illustrations are so atmospheric- Grandpa’s isolation in the early spreads emphasises his grief; Tibble is full of energy and enthusiasm- and then the beauty of Grandpa’s memories with the silhouette of Grandpa and Tibble, now so close, in the background. Perfect!

Poignant, beautifully illustrated and wonderfully warm, ‘Tibble and Grandpa’ is a delightful book, perfect for sharing. A real joy!

Tibble and Grandpa Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egneus

OUP ISBN: 978-0192771957

You can read our review of Lubna and Pebble here.

Super Duper You

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Another super duper book from the super duper Sophy Henn! An older brother lovingly gives some wonderful advice to his little sister, celebrating all the different ways in which she can really be herself. He delights in the times when she is twinkly and the times when she is clanky, the times she’s moody and those when she is cuddly- ‘a real life lullaby’.

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The trick is not to worry

about what you are not.

Instead enjoy the things you are

and all the brills you’ve got!

Full of lovely advice, the book is such a celebration of being an individual and following your own path in life. The text bounces along showing the many faces his sister has and how he loves each one as part of her. The illustrations are equally lively and colourful, showing the warmth between the siblings perfectly. Their energy is fabulous!

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Sophy’s books are always a joy and her up-beat, positive messages about believing in yourself and being proud are perfect for sharing and enjoying. This new book is no exception and will bring a smile to the face of all who read it!

Last year’s Picture Book Category Winner has produced another glorious story! Sophy Henn is just super duper!

Super Duper You Sophy Henn

Penguin ISBN: 978-0141385488

You can read our review of Almost Anything here and here.

You can search for reviews of other books by her on our Bookshelf.

Nibbles The Monster Hunt

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Nibbles is on the loose again and has found his way into a little boy’s bedroom where he is nibbling his way through lots of information books. ‘My Fascinating Book of Facts’ takes them through space, past animals and into the world of art. Chased by a dragon which escaped form a painting, they continue through colour mixing and a counting book where some quick thinking by Nibbles saves them.

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We are such Nibbles fans here at JAB HQ and this new story is every bit as adorable as the others. With flaps to lift and holes to peer through, storytime is full of fun. Each book has been written by someone whose name is an anagram of Emma Yarlett- ‘Lemy A Matter’ for example and it’s details like this that make you really engage with the many layers of the book.

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There are lots of little jokes in every picture as well as Nibbles getting up to his mischievous antics, but the text in the books which they chase through also contains lots of facts. I love the way Emma celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by including this fact in their travels!

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At the beginning, the little boy’s bedroom is beautifully neat and tidy. Not so at the end! Everything is nibbled and there are footprints everywhere. There’s even a new toy on his shelves!

Simply a joy from start to finish, ‘Nibbles: The Monster Hunt’ is every bit as delicious as the first two. Naughty, but nice, Nibbles is everyone’s favourite monster!

Nibbles: The Monster Hunt Emma Yarlett

Little Tiger ISBN: 978-1788814003

You can read our review of Nibbles the Book Monster here and Nibbles: The Dinosaur Guide here.