Jonny Lambert

Jonny Lambert

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Jonny Lambert is going to be our September ‘Illustrator of the Month’ at school and was shortlisted last year in the NSTBA Picture Book Category with the lovely ‘Look Out, It’s a Dragon!’. Here at JAB HQ we are great fans of his lovely stories so we were delighted to be sent two new books by him this summer.

The first is ‘Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek’. As the sun sets, Mouse suggests that he and his friends take the shortcut through the creek to get home. Rabbit is worried that this is where the crocodiles live, but Mouse declares he has never seen one so they set off.

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What follows is a fabulously funny journey through the creek over the lumpy, bumpy bridge, past the scritchy, scratchy thorns and through the dark green vines as Mouse describes the crocodiles. We see, as Rabbit does, that perhaps they should be looking more carefully at their surroundings!

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At last, Shelly has gathered all the answers he needs and makes his friends stop and listen to his worries, but Mouse still is not convinced and nearly leads them to disaster. However, never down for long, he decides that they will take a shortcut through the forest- but won’t there be tigers..?

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This delightful story is perfect for sharing! With plenty of crocodiles to spot as the animals go on their journey, the book offers plenty of opportunities for audience participation. The characters are wonderful: Mouse, bold, brave and perhaps a touch foolhardy, Shelly, thoughtful and questioning, gradually coming to a well considered conclusion and Rabbit, observant and cautious. The illustrations are just wonderful! Bright and bold, each page perfectly frames the animals as they make their perilous journey across the swamp, escape danger and pause before setting off again. Even the end papers tell the story with crocodile green at front and tiger stripe at the end! Fabulous!

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No less lovely, though very different, is ‘Where in the Wild’. This explores animal habitats, using cut through sections and explains the importance of saving these locations. With rhyming text by Poppy Bishop, the illustrations by Jonny show where the creature lives, for example, the wolf or the meerkat. The peep holes allow some animals to be shown in more than one habitat and there is additional text about these.

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Each spread is colourful and beautifully laid out with plenty to notice and discuss- including a challenge to find all the butterflies in the pictures. It is certainly a book that children will return to time and time again. The book ends with the reminder about all the damage that is being done to the environment and how important it is to preserve these habitats so ‘all animals can thrive’, encouraging the reader to play their part in this. An excellent book for engaging children and starting conversations about the wonders of our world and the need to protect it.

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Jonny’s wonderful collage style illustrations are always a joy and these two new titles are no exception!

Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek

Little Tiger ISBN: 978-1788813983

Where in the Wild

Little Tiger ISBN: 978-1848699564

You can read our review of ‘Little Why’ here, ‘The Only Lonely Panda’ here , ‘Tiger, Tiger’ here and ‘Look Out, It’s a Dragon!’ here.

2018 Picture Book Shortlist

So here it is...

the NSTBA 2018 Picture Book Shortlist.

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Almost Anything    Sophy Henn

Puffin     ISBN: 978-0141385471

Read the long list review here.

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Fairy Tale Pets    Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin

Little Tiger    ISBN: 978-1848694422

You can read the long list review here.

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Goat's Coat   Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 978-1408881026

You can read the long list review here.

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Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert

Little Tiger    ISBN:  978-1848698215

You can read the long list review here.

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Lulu Gets a Cat     Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Alanna Books    ISBN: 978-1907825163

You can read the long list review here.

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Cyril and Pat     Emily Gravett

Two Hoots       ISBN: 978-1509857272

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 

NSTBA18: PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY LONG LIST REMINDER!

All 80 titles for the six categories of our long list have now been reviewed! Each and every one a fantastic book, highly recommended by JAB and the NSTAB team.

The short list will be announced on the 8th September. Votes from the panel are already coming in so here's a little reminder of the twenty fabulous books on the Picture Book Category Long List.

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After the Fall      Dan Santat (Andersen Press) 

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Almost Anything - Sophy Henn (Puffin)

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Cyril and Pat- Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)

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Fairy Tale Pets - Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin (Little Tiger)

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What's Your Favourite Colour? - Eric Carle and Friends   (Walker)

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Goat's Coat - Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym  (Bloomsbury)

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I'm Going to Eat This Ant- Chris Naylor-Ballesteros   (Bloomsbury)

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Izzy Gizmo  Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie  (Simon and Schuster)

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Little Red Reading Hood  Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Ben Mantle  (Macmillan)

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Lulu Gets a Cat Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw (Alanna Books)

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Mrs Noah's Pockets  Jackie Morris, illustrated by James Mayhew (Otter Barry Books)

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Nimesh the Adventurer  Ranjit Singh, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini  (Lantana)

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Something Fishy  Polly Dunbar  (Two Hoots)

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The Great Gran Plan  Eli Woollard, illustrated by Steven Lenton (Macmillan)

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Unplugged    Steve Antony (Hodder) 

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This Zoo is Not for You Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

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The Word Collector  Peter H. Reynolds  (Orchard Books)

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Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert (Little Tiger)

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The Last Chip    Duncan Beedie    (Templar Publishing)

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Spyder     Matt Car   (Scholastic)

All amazing! Which will make it to the short list?