Handa’s Surprise

Handa's Surprise. Eileen Browne. Illustrated by Eileen Browne. 1994. Walker Books Ltd. 24 pages. “Handa's Surpise” by Eileen Browne follows Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya, on her journey to a neighbouring village.  She has carefully chosen seven delicious fruit to surprise her friend Akeyo with and ponders along the way which… Continue reading Handa’s Surprise


The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 1999. Macmillan Publishers. 24 pages. "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson follows a clever Mouse who claims to be dining with a Gruffalo to avoid being eaten on his way through the deep, dark wood. Mouse is shocked to come across the not-so-imaginary monster he had been describing all… Continue reading The Gruffalo


Little Miss Brontë: Jane Eyre

Little Miss Brontë: Jane Eyre A BabyLit Counting Primer. Jennifer Adams. Illustrations by Alison Oliver. 2012. Gibbs Smith. 22 pages. “Little Miss Brontë: Jane Eyre A Babylit Counting Primer” by Jennifer Adams doesn't seek to retell the original story for little readers. Instead, it takes key concepts (e.g. books or drawings) and uses these to help… Continue reading Little Miss Brontë: Jane Eyre


Mouse Says Sorry

Mouse Says Sorry. Michael Dahl.  Illustrations by Oriol Vidal. 2012. Picture Window Books. 20 pages. “Mouse Says Sorry” by Michael Dahl follows a very panicked mouse who is rushing home to eat his dinner and causing all sorts of mayhem along the way. Despite the chaos Mouse is a very sympathetic character, not least because of… Continue reading Mouse Says Sorry


The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water

The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water. Gemma Merino.  Illustrations by Gemma Merino. 2013. Macmillan Children's Books. 24 pages. “The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water” by Gemma Merino follows one little crocodile who, unlike his brothers and sisters, absolutely hates to swim. He really wants to play with the other crocodiles though so saves up his… Continue reading The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water


Playtime with Ted

Playtime with Ted. Sophy Henn.  Illustrations by Sophy Henn. 2017. Bloomsbury Children. 10 pages. "Playtime with Ted" is a simple but sweet story by Sophy Henn showing the different ways in which a little boy called Ted plays with an old cardboard box.  The book provides a beautiful insight into the creative mind of a… Continue reading Playtime with Ted