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Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari

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Whist picnicking in the garden, Winnie is fascinated by the ants gathering crumbs. Thinking it would be fun to be that small, Winnie whips out her wand and, in an instant, both she and Wilbur are really, really tiny! Poor Wilbur is not so keen and worries about what these creatures might like to eat. Do they eat really tiny cats? Avoiding birds and the postman’s feet is enough to make even Winnie think it’s time to change back, but her wand is out of reach. It takes some quick thinking and many helping hands before everything is back to normal and Wilbur can purr once more!

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Incredibly popular, any new adventure for this magical pair is bound to be a hit! Winnie’s magic inevitably leads them into mischief as she jumps into new situations with great enthusiasm, bu often little planning. Poor Wilbur gets dragged along, usually an unwilling accomplice in the adventure.

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In this adventure, Winnie and Wilbur find themselves surrounded by mini beasts. The reader is taken into a fascinating world and the illustrations are as ever fabulous- full of detail, energy and colour. There is plenty to discuss and enjoy in this lovely book!

Another fun story about Winnie and lovable Wilbur to add to your collection. Its gentle humour and wonderful illustrations make it perfect for sharing.

Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

OUP ISBN: 978-0192767608

Matisse's Magical Trail- Book Group fun!

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This week, my lovely book group and I enjoyed sharing this lovely story from our 2019 Picture Book shortlist. They adored it and were keen to get out and start painting immediately. We looked at Matisse’s painting of ‘The Snail’ and then had some fun!

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Each child decided how they wanted to create a picture of a snail. They were really inspired by the illustrations in the book, exploring colour and shapes to create their own characters. Each was very different - and each lovely!

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Biscuits play a very important role in our book group sessions and biscuit art is becoming quite a thing with our JAB juniors! There were lots of sticky fingers and laughter as we created our edible Matisses. It was a lovely session to celebrate a fabulous book which deserves its place on our 2019 short list!

Kevin's Great Escape

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Another of our Read Aloud short list which is proving very popular is ‘The Legend of Kevin’ by dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. When I arrived at school with this new story, there were plenty of squeals of delight…not just from the children!

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In Kevin’s new adventure, Misty Twiglet, famous pop star, has just moved to Bumbleford, much to the excitement of Max’s sister, Daisy. When Baz Gumption, Misty's manager, pays them a visit, he shocks everyone by offering to buy Kevin for Misty’s new garden. No one is prepared to part with Kevin, who is free to come and go as he pleases between his nest on the roof and the Outermost West. But Daisy is tempted by the chance to meet her idol and when Kevin is pony-napped, Max and Daisy must come to the rescue.

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Bursting with humour, ‘Kevin’s Great Escape’ is every bit as magical as his first adventure. Kevin is not the only creature to have been tricked into living in Misty Twiglet’s fabulous grounds; alongside some new faces- Cardigan Faun, Zola the gorgon, Cedric, a centaur and a little dragon called Belling- it’s delightful to see Iris the mermaid again! Neville and Beyonce (Ellie Fidgett’s guinea pigs) also make a reappearance and are pivotal in the rescue attempt.

Friendship is once again at the heart of the story and Max’s loyalty to his roly-poly flying friend is wonderful. The story romps along at a very pleasing pace with lots of action along the way. The illustrations are stunning as ever and the book itself is a thing of beauty with silver edged pages and shining stars on the cover.

With so much to recommend it, ‘Kevin’s Great Escape’ is fabulous follow-up to ‘The Legend of Kevin’. Best read with plenty of custard creams!

Kevin’s Great Escape Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

OUP ISBN: 978-0192766113