Jonathan Cape


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Here are the next five books on out Picture Book long list. Treasures one and all!


Living in a city of tents, Lubna’s best friend is a pebble which she found on the beach the night she and her daddy arrived in a new country. She tells it everything and Pebble always listens to her stories. When a new boy arrives, Lubna and Pebble befriend him. However, when Lubna’s father tells her they are moving on, Lubna has a difficult decision to make. A beautiful book encouraging empathy and understanding, ‘Lubna and Pebble’ is full of the most wonderful illustrations. Thought-provoking and moving, it is essential reading.

Lubna and Pebble Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egneus

OUP ISBN: 978-0192771940

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Full of colour and fun, ‘The Case of the Red Bottomed Robber!’ is a wonderful read. Who is stealing the young chalks drawings? And how will they stop this dastardly villain from continuing to erase the evidence? Bright colours on black backgrounds make the illustrations look as if they have been chalked directly onto each page and so many expressions are conveyed using just eyes and eyebrows as the culprit is identified, escapes and then the crime turns out to be a big misunderstanding! This is a great story for sharing, laughing over - and perhaps getting out the chalks! Just wonderful.

The Case of the Red Bottomed Robber! Richard Byrne

OUP ISBN: 978-0192749772


A new twist on a modern classic, ‘The Little Green Hen’ see out heroine tending her apple tree and sowing its seeds. When she asks for help, three animals agree whereas others do not. Then the rains come and those with the hen are sheltered safe in the oak tree; those who are not are left floating on a log until they ask for help and are welcomed inside. As the animals work together to conserve the apple tree, its bounty continues to provide food and shelter for all of them. A lovely story about the importance of conservation and teamwork, ‘The Little Green Hen’ is full of bold, colourful illustrations and things to discuss.

The Little Green Hen Alison Murray

Orchard ISBN: 978-1408340202


Whilst on a walk through the woods, Billy and Fatcat notice all the creatures have disappeared. Finding themselves kidnapped by the Terrible Beast, quick-thinking, resourceful Billy has to save everyone from ending up in the pot for dinner.Her hair hides a whole range of useful objects that will help to save the day and defeat the Beast. This is a wonderfully warm story showing the importance of standing up for others and defeating the monster- whatever form this might take. Billy is a delightful character, full of determination and brilliant ideas that will inspire! Lots of fun!

Billy and the Beast Nadia Shireen

Penguin ISBN: 978-1780080680


Mixing fiction and information, the breathtaking illustrations and text follow the water cycle from the pool where a boy called Isaac plays on its journey to the vast seas and on to the other side of the world where it falls as rain on Cassi and her village before continuing back to Isaac in his pool. Celebrating all the wonders of water, the lyrical text and magical pictures are perfect for considering the wonders of the natural world, how our actions are connected and the many ways we find water in our world. Beautiful.

The Rhythm of the Rain Grahame Baker-Smith

Templar ISBN: 978-1787410145

You can read another review of this here.

LONGLIST REVIEW: Plenty of Love to Go Round

There’s plenty of love to go round and round.

There’s plenty of love to go round.

Plum is a very special, very loved dog. He lives with his mummy and daddy (his owners) who love their one and only special Plum. He has two best friends, Gracie and Sam, who live next door and he is their best and only one. Plum is one very loved and very happy dog.

One day, Gracie and Sam said they had a surprise to show Plum. The surprise was Binky – A CAT! Plum was not keen on cats but Gracie and Sam loved Binky and they said that Binky loved Plum too. Binky turned up everywhere: at the park and at home.  Everywhere Plum went, Binky went. Binky rolled where Plum rolled, stretched where Plum stretched, sniffed where Plum sniffed and even peed where Plum peed. There was no getting away from that cat!

When Plum sought refuge in the garden shed, Binky followed him in there too! The door slammed shut behind them and Plum was stuck in a shed with a cat and no food! He started to worry, but Binky managed to squeeze out through a gap in the door, bringing Gracie and Sam back to rescue Plum – that clever cat! Everyone was so pleased with Binky for being wonderful and helping Plum - everyone that was, except Plum. Plum was not happy. He thought Binky was a show-off, clever clogs cat. He did not see why everyone thought Binky was so special. But they did, and soon Plum started to worry that Binky really could do everything and was the new Special One.

Plum went to visit Sam and Gracie. The cat was outside so Plum pushed the door shut and leant against the cat flap, trapping Binky outside. When it started to rain, Plum began to feel awful. Just then Plum’s Mummy and Daddy arrived: they saw Binky outside and they saw Plum. They knew what Plum had done. Mummy gave Plum a big cuddle and told him that there is room in everyone’s hearts for both Plum and Binky. Plum realized that there was room in his heart for Binky too. After all, there is plenty of love to go round.

This is a wonderfully feel-good story that teaches children that change can be good and that there really is plenty of love to go around. We have all had times in our lives when we have felt pushed aside, like Plum, and even when we have tried really hard to ‘fit in’ and be liked, nothing seems to work, just like Binky. This would be the perfect book to share during circle time; when someone new joins the class; when there is a new baby on the way; when discussing relationships with siblings and simply when reflecting on friendships – who is a Plum and who is a Binky?

Beautifully illustrated,  'Plenty of Love to Go Round’ is a gentle, heart-warming story with incredibly lovable characters.

Plenty of Love to go Round by Emma Chichester Clark

Penguin      ISBN: 978-0857551238


You can read our review of the first Plum dog book here. You can read another review of 'Plenty of Love to Go Round' here.