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Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex

When I read of the publication of Chu’s Day I was pretty sure we’d like it, after all it has a goggle wearing baby panda, sneezing (always hilarious in our house) and the wonderful Neil Gaiman. We went out and bought it on the day of release and we were not disappointed. As soon as it was out of the bag it was read three times in succession in a cafe to a snorting five year nephew and hysterical two a half year old daughter and we have read it every night since. As the book says, when Chu sneezes bad things happen, and it takes us through various nose tickling scenarios wondering which one will induce the dreaded giant sneeze. It is simply but perfectly worded and stunningly illustrated by Adam Rex whose work I had not encountered before but will definitely seek out again. We loved it and hope we might see some more of Chu and his weary parents in future!

Books, books and more books - World Book Day

It’s World Book Day! Or, as we call it in this house, another great excuse to read some new books. In honour of the day, you can buy a number of children’s books including titles by Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and many other favourites at a special reduced price at the World Book Day site.

There are lots of activities taking place in libraries and bookshops all over Ireland and England. Check the World Book Day site for events near you, or head down to your local library or bookshop and get reading!

Finally, if you know any teenagers, or if like me, you like reading fiction for all ages, the World Book Day App has some exclusive short stories by the wonderful Neil Gaiman and others, and it’s all free!

BabyLit Books - Classic literature for toddlers

For tiger mums or mums who just want a change from Gruffalos and penguins, Gibbs Smith brings you their range of Baby Lit board books. The BabyLit range include toddler suitable adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet, with Jane Eyre and Alice in Wonderland soon to be released. Loving the idea and look of the illustration style I impatiently downloaded a copy of Little Miss Austen - Pride and Prejudice as an eBook for the iPad and must admit I love it. A simple counting book that it is, getting to count 2 rich gentlemen, Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy and 4 marriage proposals with a very aristocratic voice over made an old Jane Austen fan very happy indeed. All four will definitely be getting added to Cal and new baby’s amazon wish lists! Find out more about BabyLit here.

Little Miss AustenLittle Master Shakespeare

Little Master CarrollLittle MIss Bronte

Roald Dahl Day 2011

Lots of excitement today online for Roald Dahl Day 2011. For us, our celebration of this ingenious author was a bedtime read of The Enormous Crocodile with Cal. Sadly, being only one and three quarters he really wasn’t ready for that many words and the humour was mostly lost on him but his parents enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to introducing him to more and more Dahl works over the next few years. (And if pushed, I’d have a hard time choosing between Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World as my favourite.)

Roald Dahl

David Bowie inspired children’s book

Beautifully illustrated but rather bleak for most children, Andrew Kolb’s picture book version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity is available to download in full in PDF format here. Try not to sing along if you can.

Kid’s Republic - SAKO Architects

Possibly the best looking children’s book shop around. Kid’s Republic, designed by SAKO architects would delight any child and certainly must be good inspiration to enjoy books in a colourful and imaginative space. Would love to see an Easons revamp like this… More images here. (via Snusans Inredningsblog)

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