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Flying Eye Books

With a comittment to bring you beautifully designed, cherishable, wonder filled books for children, Flying Eye Books is a very welcome addition to the Nobrow Press publishing platform. Their first book, Viviane Scwarz’ Welcome to Your Awesome Robot, shows you how to create your own robot from everyday bits and bobs. Including, of course, the classic cardboard box. Future releases include the beautifully illustrated Atak’s Topsy Turvy World and Emily Hughes’ Wild. Find out more and sign up for their newsletter updates here.

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Flying Eye illustration by Emily Hughes

Lemony Snicket - Who Could That Be At This Hour?

There were actual celebrations in our house when we got our copy of Who Could That Be at This Hour? the first in Lemony Snicket’s new series All the Wrong Questions. I have been a huge fan of Snicket since the publication of A Series of Unfortunate Events and was thrilled when I heard that he was returning to tales of his mysterious childhood in a shady organisation. Where the Unfortunate Events series had a gothic Edward Gorey-esque feel to them, the new book is more like a noir, starting with the wonderful sentence “There was a town, and there was a girl, and there was a theft”. The change of illustrator from Brett Helquist to Canadian artist Seth supports this with shady figures and shadowy locations. The book follows twelve year old Lemony Snicket’s induction into a mysterious and unnamed organisation, mentored by the useless S. Theodora Markson. Along the way he travels to a town populated by more useless adults and clever children with classic Snicket names like Moxie Mallahan, Ellington Feint and Dashiell Qwerty. While there he attempts to solve the mysterious theft of the Bombinating Beast (a Maltese falcon for our time!). As with all of Snicket’s work there is lots of wordplay, literary references and hilarious asides. It is a brilliant start to the new series and I can’t wait to read the next volume in October.

Me… Jane

Daddy came home from Texas with a present for Edie and me of a gorgeous new book by Patrick McDonnell called Me… Jane. It tells the story of how the amazing Jane Goodall was inspired to work with animals by her childhood toy chimpanzee Jubilee. It seems like a simple idea but is beautifully told and stunningly illustrated with the addition of nice little touches like the inclusion of real childhood drawings by Jane and a couple of very effective photos. The final words and image brought tears to my eyes, I can only imagine the amazement on Edie’s face in a few years when she realises how Jane’s dream comes true. Really inspiring. Get out there and buy a copy now and while you’re at it check out Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots website, a must for budding environmentalists.

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