Come away from the water, Shirley

John Burningham, author and illustrator

London: Jonathan Cape, 1977

22 pp

Age: 3 and up

Interests: pirates, seashore, boats, treasure

Also by this author: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, Where’s Julius?, Avocado Baby, Borka




subtitle: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

Kay Thompson, author

Hilary Knight, illustrator

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955

65 pp.

Age: 5 and up        (read full review: some may find content alarming!)

Interests: New York, hotels, room service, strong girls, bad behavior


Caps For Sale

subtitle: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Esphyr Slobodkina, author and illustrator

New York: HarperCollins, 1968 – originally published 1940

40 pp

Age: 2 and up           (also good for beginning readers: 6+)

Interests: monkeys, folktales


All Join In

Quentin Blake, author and illustrator

London: Jonathon Cape, 1990

27 pp.

Age: 2 and up

Interests: poetry, music, songs, noise

Also by this author/illustrator: Mister MagnoliaClown


The Snowman

Raymond Briggs

London: Puffin, 1978

30 pp

Age: 3 and up

Interests: Christmas, winter, snow, magic

By the same author/illustrator: Father Christmas, Fungus the Bogeyman, UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age, and books for older audiences: When the Wind Blows, and Ethel and Ernest


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