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The Best Illustrated Children's Books

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Yep, and it is a rubbish adaptation. They have managed to strip away all the charm of the books which is a real shame.

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I had to get my Meomi books imported in from the United States so you can barely manage to get the books over in Britain, but they'll buy the rights for the animation so I can watch it on my telly? Not the smartest of ideas...

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Anybody got any Suzy Lee books? I hadn't heard of her until today but her wordless books like quite interesting.

She has illustrated three books so far.

Wave

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Mirror

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Which appears to use the page break to good effect

Shadow

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Which uses the page break again in a novel way

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Doing a spot more research on Suzy Lee brings up this article that shows off some of her other books.

I love her style. I'm going to try and track down her version of Alice in Wonderland.

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And The Zoo

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Lovely stuff. Reminds me of Curious George for some reason crossed with the wordless Mouse books which I can never remember the name of. May well pick up a couple myself sometime: Mirror and Shadows look ace.

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The Seven Impossible Things blog is wonderful.

There are so many new books I need to get hold of.

The Tree House by father-daughter team Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman

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Too Late by Giovanna Zoboli and Camilla Engman (no English language version though)

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I splurged out and bought a few new picture books recently.

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The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

The story is very slight and rather predictable but the collage illustrations are really nice. It uses a lot of different exercise book textures and the pictures perfectly capture autumn.

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Wave by Suzy Lee

I mentioned Suzy Lee's work a few posts ago and I can't help but be disappointed by the reality. The illustrations are lovely but this wordless story feels rather flat and it is the sort of book you might look at once and then stick on the bookshelf to let it gather dust. I doubt I'll bother picking up her other stories now which is a real shame.

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Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara

A nice simple story about a girl who moves into a haunted house but rather than be scared she puts them to good use. The illustrations, black on day-glo orange, have a real old-school feel to them. In fact it really reminds me of a book I liked as a child but I can't remember the name of it, or what the story was about. It is an efficiently told story which is clear and fun and nicely demystifies something that children would normally find scary.

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Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer

This was recommended by Oliver Jeffers via the video c-cat posted a while back. It is a fable about the man in the moon who comes to earth and is hounded by officials. The illustrations are crude and childlike but full of character and charm. The story is also great and I especially liked the way the moon man got out of jail as his body mirrors the moon cycle so he just waited until he was in his third quarter and squeezed through the bars. It might seem a little old fashioned by modern standards but I really liked it.

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The Tree House by Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman

You can see a bit more about it in the post above this one. This is a wordless story by a father and daughter and the illustrations are gorgeous. Unfortunately that is all I can recommend. The story is about a polar bear and a brown bear who happen upon a tree house, over the course of the story more animals come and visit and then leave. It is a simple story but is perhaps too simple as there is nothing to it at all.

2/5

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some lovely images up there. love suzy lee's and the bear tree house

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Oliver Jeffers' Heart and the Bottle iPad version looks lovely.

I think with the interactive features some publishers could take it too far but this looks just about right to me. It almost makes me want to buy an iPad (well I want one anyway but this might justify the purchase. Ish.)

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I caught some of this program ("Penelope") on tv the other day and thought "Ooh! How cute and lovely!"

Apparently this started off as a collection of books...I want!

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What a great thread, will be buying some of these for the nipper.

A couple that seem to be absent from the thread -

Petr Horacek

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Lynn Dodd

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Stories about cats and dogs, nice rhyming to them.

Seen a few mentions of the Scheffler books - this is our favourite

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One of my recent purchases (for my future classroom!) is The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.

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I love this book, probably my favourite of the JEffers we have.

No love for Dr Seuss?

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I adore Seuss, my 2 year old daughter is currently very infatuated with "The Shape of me" which is one of my books from childhood.

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Oliver Jeffers' Heart and the Bottle iPad version looks lovely.

I think with the interactive features some publishers could take it too far but this looks just about right to me. It almost makes me want to buy an iPad (well I want one anyway but this might justify the purchase. Ish.)

Is this out? Can't find it on the app store!

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Unfortunately not. The release date is supposed to be December and you'd think that would mean before Christmas so it can't be much longer. I signed up to Jeffers' Facebook page so I assume when it is available he will post about it there. When he does I'll make sure to update this topic.

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War Game- Michael Foreman (story based on the Christmas Truce):

Not a picture book as such but I and my class have really enjoyed this short story which has tied in nicely with our World War One topic (the main text we used was War Horse- really good book!)- it's got some lovely drawings in it (on nearly every page I think) as well as lots of photographs of war propanganda, posters, letters etc. Lots to pore over and find out about.

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Unfortunately I can't find many decent quality pictures online. And I'm not sure about the colour- the copy I have is actually in black and white for the illustrations.

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That reminds me of 'Fairy Tales' - a book of short stories written by Terry Jones and ilustrated by Michael Foreman. I find it a mixed bag visually - some stuff's a bit meh but other stuff is beautiful. Quite strange, really. The stories are great, though.

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Right, here is the mini-review for the Heart and the bottle iPad app:

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Here is a slightly longer review:

There are some minor spoilers regarding plot so be careful if you haven't read the story yet.

It is wonderful. Every page has an interactive element, each one is pretty intuitive but there is a hint button to help push you in the right directions. It is nice to see nothing has really been changed from the original print version they have just neatly and unobtrusively animated some elements. You manipulate them in a number of different ways too, most by touch but some by shaking the iPad as well. One of the nicest pages is when you can draw a picture for the grandad and when you take it to him the picture then appears on the wall. Likewise there is a section where you try and break open the bottle and can use loads of different objects like a drill, hammer or dynamite. The narration by Helena Bonham Carter is really good and the whole package is wonderful and well worth the relatively small download fee. I just hope his other stories get the same treatment.

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cheers lordcookie, it is indeed charming and exquisite, which is a lot more than i expect from an app.

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Saw this, bought this, LOVELY artwork...

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Best line throughout: "the Bradley remembered the dynamite..."

Which I read and then bought. Haven't read the whole book yet but that line and the artwork were enough to get me parting with the dosh...

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Looks really nice. I'm not a big fan of festive books (they are normally cloying and lacking in subtlety) but the illustrations there look great.

Whilst I'm posting I purchased Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree last month. It is one of Oliver Jeffers' favourite books and has recently been reprinted. It is really interesting story that is both simple and very complex. Depending on your interpretations it can be a very touching book about giving and sacrifice or a harsh book about the pains of adulthood. Either way you read the book it is still memorable with simple but pleasing illustrations.

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Actually with the exception of the Snowman, Father Christmas and the Grinch I can't really think of any Christmas books I've read. Hmm...

Just read it: it's got a lovely Unfortunate Events/Philip Ardagh vibe to it and the artwork sets it off perfectly. Well worth a look through. May well become a seasonal favourite of mine next to the yearly viewings of Muppet Christmas Carol :)

In other news I'd be checking out the Heart/Bottle app if Rage wasn't taking a million hours to update. grr.

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Didn't get a single interesting illustrated book for Christmas (although to be fair I did get an awesome crime comics anthology and Footnotes from Gaza a couple of weeks before on my birthday...)

Anyone get anything good?

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Laura Joffe Numeroff

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I saw there was already a Robert Munsch book on here, but he worked with the illustrator Michael Martchenko for most of his classics and these are the ones that feature large in my childhood.

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Books for the really wee ones by Sandra Boynton:

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Beautiful bedtime book by Sam McBratney

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That's a few off the top of my head, I was pleased to see The Big Hungry Bear up here already. My Mum was a preschool teacher as I was growing up so I was pretty immersed. Love this thread.

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Some good choices there! And yeah, this thread is great. :)

Lordcookie mentioned this book last year in reference to something else...but I'd thought I'd bring it up again after desperately trying to remember what it was called! I was searching for "Grandpa" rather than "Granpa". :)

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I remember first watching this on tv as a little kid and blubbing lots. And just looking at the pictures now has made me all sniffly. But a lovely book. With lovely, gentle illustrations.

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OK bear with me on this:

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Read this to my son the other day, fully expecting it to be a bit naff, and it totally charmed me. The text flowed and scanned well and the artwork was far better than I expected based on an underwhelming cover. Lovely stuff. Seems to be a series? going to check out the others when I can.

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OK bear with me on this:

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Read this to my son the other day, fully expecting it to be a bit naff, and it totally charmed me. The text flowed and scanned well and the artwork was far better than I expected based on an underwhelming cover. Lovely stuff. Seems to be a series? going to check out the others when I can.

Another of Mij Kelly's books is one of my favourites.

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The illustrations really capture the surreal dream feeling, due in part to the wonderful stretched sense of perspective of the train carriages and characters. But it's the text that I really love - such beautiful lyricism.

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