Animals galore in these great picture books

Enjoy these fascinating  books with your children, everyone will learn amazing facts about wild animals and enjoy the beautiful illustrations too.

Syndetics book coverStripes of all types / written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale.
“Stockdale pairs precise acrylic illustrations with equally tidy verse to depict 19 striped animals. “Stripes found in water,/ sliding through weeds./ Drinking from rivers,/ and darting through reeds,” she writes, as the accompanying images show purple-striped jellyfish, an eastern garter snake, ring-tailed lemurs, and an American bittern. Elsewhere, a horizontally striped surgeonfish is seen “scouting a reef” amid speckled coral, and a poison frog in shocking orange, yellow, and red stripes is “propped on a log.” Closer to home, two children cuddle with striped cats. Appended pages discuss the ways stripes benefit each creature and also provide a guessing game for readers to match stripes with their respective animals.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverI wish I had– / written by Giovanna Zoboli ; illustrated by Simona Mulazzani ; [translation services provided by Translations Unlimited].
“Books inviting children to imagine themselves as animals are ubiquitous and a playful way to encourage imagination, but most don’t have the scope of this beautiful Italian import. There is a dignified eloquence at work here, and the narrator’s wishes are not merely the desire of a child to be like an animal, but a longing for a tangible connection to an often intangible universe. Zoboli offers some rather everyday wishes, such as to become the wings of a wild goose or the tail of a lemur who hasn’t wished to fly through the air or swing through trees? But longing for the happy hunger of a bear in the orchard or the contentment of a dog in winter when the snow falls outside transcends daydreaming to feel quite spiritual. The painterly illustrations in this oversize picture book (the works of Henri Rousseau come to mind) have a grandeur about them that matches the majestic ideas expressed throughout. Repeated motifs within the pictures some of the animals are clutching a flower in their mouths, and the larger animals appear to be tattooed with images of other animals, plants, and flowers create a sense of universality. This is a book of big ideas, sparingly told, and full of wonder.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverOcean counting / by Janet Lawler ; photography by Brian Skerry.
“Presents young readers with a foundation for learning basic counting skills while discovering some magnificent ocean animals. Fact boxes in the back of the book include information about the animals’ homes, sizes, diets, predators, and babies”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWildlife / Paul Thurlby.
“On the heels of Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet (2011) comes this bright, bold compendium of personality-filled animals. On each page, a large print of each creature, rendered in an illustrative style that echoes the uncluttered, bright posters of the mid-twentieth century, pairs with memorable facts presented in spare, simple text. From the flamingo’s ability to drink while upside down to the effect that chewing has on the crocodile’s tear ducts, these zoology nuggets are unusual, specific, and accessible to young audiences, all while offering surprises to those reading aloud to them. Many of the pages also include a slogan or other very brief phrase within the illustration itself, such as the kangaroo in a judo pose juxtaposed beside the printed call to Kick up your heels. The spare, high-contrast graphic style of this picture book makes it an excellent candidate for small-group sharing, and the curious bits of information will bring many young naturalists and budding artists back to the pages again and again.” (Booklist)

Picture books just waiting to be read!

Great books about being different, being yourself and exploring the world. Share these with your children.

 Syndetics book coverSnap! / by Janet A Holmes ; illustrated by Daniella Germain.
“Sometimes it seems safer to hide behind a scary mask and try to frighten the monsters away. Snapping and snarling don’t always work. This is sensitive and perceptive story about fear of the new”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe world is waiting for you / Barbara Kerley.The World Is Waiting for You
“Children need encouragement to follow their dreams, and this attractive book is aimed at all the future explorers out there. It begins, Right outside your window there’s a world to explore. Ready? The text continues by asking readers to follow the next bend in the path, dive in, dig deeper, take a leap. The two-page color photo spreads are surprisingly literal, even for this age group. An archaeologist digs, while an astronaut explores outside his space craft. But on occasion, the pictures are confusing. A boy getting a little nosy looks through a hole, but at what is not certain. Still, Kerley’s encouraging message about moving beyond one’s comfort zone and into areas where real-life magic can happen does inspire. The book closes with a quote by one of the book’s photographers, Anad Varma, that will have meaning for children: The greatest discoveries come from confronting your fears, taking a chance, and not being afraid to make a mistake. Mistakes are often the best lessons in life” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverBea / Christine Sharp.
“While the other birds peck at ants and watch worms wiggle, Bea likes to bake buns and berry pudding. She loves dancing to disco beats and singing sweet songs to the moon. In everything she does, Bea stands out from the flock! A joyful story about being true to yourself and daring to be different” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverABC zooborns! / Andrew Bleiman, Chris Eastland.
“Bleiman and Eastland introduce a new group of criminally cute baby zoo animals for each letter of the alphabet in a companion to 2010’s ZooBorns. Crisp, closeup photographs feature cheetahs, flamingos, marmosets, and sloths, among others, while lighthearted prose emphasizes the animals’ unique characteristics: “I is for impala. Our long legs are perfect for leaping. Let’s go for a run!” Extra points for a solid X entry: “X is for X-ray tetra. Attention, science students-my see-through body is very revealing.”” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverNaked Trevor / Rebecca Elliott.
“To the shock of all the other birds, Trevor refuses to wear his sparrow costume, instead going around quite naked! But now the time has come for him to find his own unique outfit, what will it look like?” (Syndetics summary)

Great picture books to bring you together.

Have some one on one time with your little one reading these lovely picture books, they are sure to please.

 
Syndetics book coverThe shape of my heart / Mark Sperring ; illustrated by Alys Paterson.
“Part concept book and part poem, this eye-catching picture book is a reassuring valentine for any day of the year. Despite the emphasis on shapes, Sperring (The Sunflower Sword) isn’t offering an introduction to circles, squares, and triangles: “This is the shape that we are./ The shape of you and me,” he writes, as the opening spread shows two smiling figures-one large, one small-in white silhouette, defined by a sea of colorful shapes that surround them. A focus on bodily shapes continues (“This is the shape of my hand,/ the hand you hold on to”), serving as an entry into related objects and settings (a spread about food follows one about mouths; a look at feet and shoes paves the way for a scene featuring vehicles). Debut illustrator Paterson fills the pages with crisp and colorful objects, often accented with sound effects (a friendly dinosaur offers a gentle “raaaa,” birds chirp and tweet). It’s a lovingly designed and visually appealing portrait of the places, animals, and objects common to a child’s world, with the invisible but perceptible adult presence hovering in the background. ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverOne little baby / by Richard Dungworth ; illustrated by Jane Massey.
‘One little baby in a cosy bed. One little baby with a busy day ahead.’ with lovely rhythm and simple but effective illustrations children will want this book read over and over as it tells of a day in the life of a toddler like them. (Staff member)

Syndetics book coverWhoa, baby, whoa! / Grace Nichols ; illustrated by Eleanor Taylor.
“Being an adventurous baby means having to hear the title phrase again and again. “Creeping to the kitchen to see what’s cooking,” writes Nichols, as Taylor, working in a style reminiscent of Helen Oxenbury, shows Baby stalking the dog’s food bowls. “Up goes the gate and Daddy comes running… ‘Whoa, Baby, Whoa! Hot things can burn you in the kitchen.’ ” But Baby never misses a beat (a relentlessness nicely conveyed in the typography’s comically wobbled kerning)-after all, there’s work to be done, whether it’s eating the newspaper, mangling Grandpa’s glasses, or flooding the bathroom. Even very young readers will note that the members of Baby’s mixed-race family are acting out of love, which may be why Baby never loses that sweet, knowing smile; this is a kid who knows a lot of people have his back. The tables turn nicely at the end, when Baby reasons that one way to put an end to his “Whoa” is to “try something new with myself” and take those long-anticipated first steps-prompting the onlookers to cheer “Go, Baby, Go!” ” (Publisher Weekly)
Syndetics book coverDaisy & the puppy / Lisa Shanahan, Sara Acton.
Daisy wants a puppy so much she wears a scruffy tail and sleeps in an old cane washing basket. When a fire engine screeches down the highway, she lifts her head, ‘AROOOOO-OOOOOOOOOOH!’ Then one Saturday, Daisy and her mum spot Ollie, sitting in the window of Mrs Arkwright’s pet shop. A delightful story about a family and a puppy.(Syndetics summary)

Get to the bottom of these picture books!

Don’t make a rumpus, there are lots of rumps, tails and fantastic tales to be seen in these books. Tall butts, short butts, round butts, flat butts. Butts on giraffes and elephants and dogs. Tails are celebrated in this tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies and derrieres.  Books  that will keep kids and grown-ups giggling with glee. Bottoms up!

Syndetics book coverTushes and tails! / by Stephane Frattini.
“A lift-the-flap tale of animal butts—who could ask for anything more? In this 8-inch-square board book, imported from France, each page boasts a full-size flap with an extreme close-up photo of an animal’s derrière. Readers are invited to guess whose backside is pictured and raise the flap for the answer. Frattini has captured an impressive array of rear ends on film, even a bumblebee and a porcupine. A large image of the animal, from the front and in its habitat, is hidden under each flap. On a boldly colored background, several animal facts appear on the flap’s verso in an appropriately playful and conversational tone, while a smaller picture of the animal floats alongside as spot art. A few of the creatures are easy to guess, such as giraffe, cow and squirrel, but there are several stumpers here: okapi, ibex and penguin. The last spread has eight more mini flaps of animal buttocks to enjoy as part of a rapid-fire guessing game. With thoughtfully rounded corners, the flaps are quite sturdy. The trim size and the content will make it appealing to kids who have long moved beyond board books. A distinctive, funny and informative entry into the lift-the-flap genre—kids will hate to see it coming to an end”. (www.kirkusreviews.com)

Syndetics book coverThe lemur’s tale / Ophelia Redpath.
“A ring-tailed lemur is stowed away on a boat from Madagascar, and eventually ends up in the home of an eccentric but dysfunctional family. His night-time antics cause confusion, as he nibbles on the family’s plants and raids their larder. But he brings great joy once they discover him curled up in a teapot, filling a little girl’s life with hope and happiness”. (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverChurchill’s tale of tails / Anca Sandu.
“When Churchill the pig loses his precious tail, his friends help him hunt for a new one. But trying new tails is such fun that soon Churchill has forgotten his friends completely. Can Churchill learn to put friendship first, and solve the mystery of his missing tail?” (Library Catalogue)

Picture books for grownups

Books that will especially delight the grownups, you might even want to share them with your kids.

Syndetics book coverHenri’s walk to Paris / illustrated by Saul Bass ; story by Leonore Klein.
“In graphic designer Bass’s sole picture book, first published in 1962, his stylized collage prints pair with Klein’s understated text to tell the story of a boy who dreams about traveling from his small town of Reboul to visit Paris. In Reboul, Henri lives in a little white house made up of two angular geometrical shapes, surrounded by a lush tapestry-like forest, and has three friends, Andre, Jacques, and Michel (they appear as three pairs of legs, fitted with pink pants, decoratively pattered socks, and green boots). Finally, Henri sets out walking to Paris, but when a bird interferes with his sense of direction, he gets turned around, discovering that “Paris” is an awful lot like Reboul. Bass plays with repetition (there’s a strong symmetry to Henri’s journey), text, and strong blocks of color, while using negative and positive space to toy with perception. Although the title character’s face never appears, readers should gain a strong sense of Henri’s identity from the sturdy storytelling and dramatic graphics. All ages. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)
 
Syndetics book coverThe cats of Copenhagen / James Joyce.
“Recently rediscoverd this whimsical letter was written from James Joyce to his grandson in 1936. A delightful story, it has been illustrated in a very quirky manner by Casey Sorrow, an American cartoonist”. (Syndetics summary)

 
Syndetics book coverJimmy the greatest! / Jairo Buitrago ; pictures by Rafael Yockteng ; translated by Elisa Amado.Jimmy the Greatest!
“*Starred Review* In a poor village on the ocean, young Jimmy’s future is looking bright since the owner of a tiny gym inspired him to run, to read, and to train as a boxer like Muhammad Ali. Even without any shoes, Jimmy discovers that you don’t need much stuff to run or to get others to follow along. But, unlike his trainer, who leaves for a life in the big city, Jimmy the Greatest stays in the village, where he grows up to maintain the gym, create a library, and help his people. He does great things, but not by leaving home for the world stage. Translated from the Spanish and first published in Colombia, this title features text that reads like spare poetry and digital, cartoon-style artwork filled with humorous details and stylized, pop-eyed characters. Each page shows the daily struggle in the rough shanty town. Best of all is the image of Jimmy as a boy reading and shadow-boxing at the same time. A final spread, showing new wires stretching across the village, is a moving conclusion to this unusual, quietly powerful title.–Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverInfinity and me / written by Kate Hosford ; illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska.
“Considering that adults have trouble grappling with the concept of infinity, you have to admire Hosford for trying to wrap young brains around it. There is only the scantest sense of character, place, and story here, but we do meet a young girl named Uma, who stares up at the stars. I started to feel very, very small. She asks a number of people how they imagine infinity, and each has his or her own creative take. Her friend Sam envisions infinity as a figure 8 racetrack. Grandma sees it as an ever-enlarging family tree. This compels Uma to tackle a few old philosophical saws, including the one about cutting something in half and then cutting that half in half, ad infinitum. Swiatkowska was the right choice of illustrator for the spiraling subject matter. Her big-eyed Victorian-looking characters embark upon various flights of fancy: driving along an infinity sign, becoming a Vitruvian Man, and standing beneath an ice-cream cone that would take forever to lick. Oddball for sure, but good fun to puzzle over.–Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverMiss Mousie’s blind date / by Tim Beiser ; illustrated by Rachel Berman.
“A charming story about self-acceptance, and love lost and found, told through the eyes of a dear little mouse, and her possibly-not-so-handsome suitor, Mole. Beautifully illustrated, cleverly told, the message is timeless, and the illustrations endearing”. (Syndetics summary)

Bedtime reading with sleepy picture books

Everyone will sleep soundly if you snuggle up with these books at bedtime.

Syndetics book coverBedtime is canceled / by Cece Meng ; illustrated by Aurélie Neyret.
“”The note read ‘Bedtime is canceled.’ Maggie thought of it. Her brother wrote it.” Of course, the siblings’ parents don’t buy the ruse upon receiving the note, but a fortuitous gust of wind whisks it to the desk of a newspaper reporter who puts the “official” word on the front page, and the news spreads. As a result, kids play, snack, and watch TV all night, and adults shuffle zombielike through the next day. Meng (I Will Not Read This Book) includes several nods to today’s rapid-fire dispersal of information (“A television reporter received an urgent text about it and raced to the school”) as well as goofy non sequiturs (“tired moms and dads were so busy yawning, some of them buttered the dog’s tail instead of the toast”), ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverCuddle bear / Claire Freedman ; [illustrated by] Gavin Scott.
Do you need cuddles, cheer up hugs, or snuggle times to share? Then Cuddle Bear is made for you- a lovely rhyming book with gentle illustrations about a bear who cheers up all the animals even the grumpy lion! (Staff member) 

Syndetics book coverThe snuggle sandwich / Malachy Doyle ; [illustrated by] Gwen Millward.
During the morning rush no one notices when Annie’s teddy bear falls to the floor. After everyone else is gone, Annie and her mama look for the missing teddy before they are able to have a proper snuggle together. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSleep like a tiger / written by Mary Logue ; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
“”I’m not tired,” says a small girl in a red dress and a crown. “I’m just not sleepy.” Her affectionate parents-who also wear crowns-aren’t fazed. “They nodded their heads and said she didn’t have to go to sleep. But she had to put her pajamas on.” The three talk about the different ways animals sleep, taking their cue from family pets and the girl’s stuffed animals. Zagarenski’s gently surreal jewel-box paintings chart the movement of the girl’s imagination as she considers bears (“mighty sleepers,” her parents call them), snails (“They curl up like a cinnamon roll”), and tigers. “When he’s not hunting, he finds some shade, closes his eyes, and sleeps. That way he stays strong,” she says. It’s this image that holds the greatest promise of safety for the girl; as she drifts off, she imagines herself curled in the curve of the tiger’s tail, embracing a stuffed tiger as she sleeps. Zagarenski’s paintings take Logue’s story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings.” (Publisher Weekly)

Get aquainted with these picture books

Start the new term with these great books about making friends and treasuring friendship.

Syndetics book coverPerky the Pukeko goes to school / written by Michelle Osment ; illustrated by Sunset.
“Percy and his friends find lots of things to eat after a busload of school children stop to eat their lunch. But when the bus pulls away Percy notices that one of his chicks is missing”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTom and Tilly / written and illustrated by Jedda Robaard.
A very sweet little tale of a boy and his bear, travelling on their paper boat past a city guarded by frogs, encountering storms, whales and whirpools before being rescued and put to bed. Lovely illustrations and simple text with great instructions on how to make your own paper boat for your bath. (Staff Member)

Syndetics book coverTen things I love about you / Daniel Kirk.
“Kirk borrows from the comic rhythms of Abbott and Costello (or is it Burns and Allen?) in his funny tribute to friendship. Pig is sitting thoughtfully at his desk when Rabbit stops by to announce that he’s making a list of “ten things I love about you.” This is all well and good (“Wow, ten!” says Pig), except that Rabbit is a wee bit obsessive about it. Everything Pig says or does becomes fodder for the list, including his growing frustration with Rabbit’s relentlessness. “I’m starting to lose my patience!” immediately inspires entry “Number 6-I love Pig because he’s not afraid to show his feelings…….” (adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverMoomin and the new friend / based on the original stories by Tove Jansson.
“When Moomintroll and Sniff find a message in a bottle down on the shore, it leads to an expedition to Lonely Island on a little raft. High winds and a storm at sea nearly lead to disaster but they are rescued by a new friend, the ever-resourceful Too-Ticky. Moomintroll’s close friend, Snorkmaiden, is jealous but she soon learns that finding a new friend doesn’t mean losing an old one”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMax & Ruby’s treasure hunt / by Rosemary Wells.
When their tea party is rained out, Max and Ruby and their friends Louise and Lily go indoors, where Grandma has arranged a treasure hunt. another gem of a book from the marvellous Rosemary Wells with lift the flap clues which need solving before you go to the next page. (Staff Member)

Syndetics book coverOh! What a surprise! / Suzanne Bloom.
“Goose and Bear return in this wintry tale of friendship. As the pair prepares handmade gifts, a spunky fox kit asks dozens of questions, most importantly, “Is it for me?… I love surprises!” When the answer is negative each time, cheerful Fox creates a gift by wrapping itself in hearts cut from paper. “Ta da! It’s me. For you!” Goose and Bear reciprocate with a bright green, buttoned vest. Short sentences and pastel spreads create what’s sure to become storytime favorite. The rich indigo skies brilliantly balance the white textures of Bear’s fur and Goose’s feathers, as well as Fox’s russet coat. The kit’s bouncy poses and confetti-colored gifts and wrappings add to this festive read.” (School Library Journal)

Picture books that will spark your imagination.

Start the new year with these great books that will have your children laughing and pique their curiosity.

Syndetics book coverAndrew Drew and Drew / Barney Saltzberg.
“Wordplay of the title aside, Saltzberg’s ode to drawing is fairly earnest and straightforward in its prose. The magic comes from the accompanying artwork, which follows the eponymous boy and his adventures in drawing. His pencil lines sweep across white pages (“Andrew doodled and doodled. Sometimes he noodled”), and his creations take unpredictable shape, revealed bit-by-bit by overlapping gatefolds (a staircase Andrew draws eventually forms a dinosaur’s spiny back, and a cross-hatched night sky turns into a trumpet-nosed winged beast in the final spread). Like a certain boy with a purple crayon, Andrew knows that drawing offers limitless possibilities, and readers will, too. ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe three ninja pigs / Corey Rosen Schwartz ; illustrated by Dan Santat.
“For young martial arts fans seeking a lighthearted book about their hobby, Schwartz’s (Hop! Plop!) story should fit the bill. While the idea of three gi-clad pigs fighting the big bad wolf is a winner, the subtle-as-a-karate-chop moral about not quitting puts a bit of a damper on the fun. Pig One signs up for aikido (“He gained some new skills,/ but got bored with the drills”), while Pig Two goes for jujitsu (“The teacher said, `Excellent progress./ But Pig-san, you must study more.’/ Pig Two said, `No way./ Sayonara, Sensei!/ I’m ready to settle a score’ “). Both lack the necessary chops when the wolf comes a’blowing. Santat’s dynamic, comic book-style spreads have a Crouching Wolf, Hidden Pig feel, especially when Pig Three (a persistent girl who has actually honed her skills) terrifies the wolf with a chop that smashes a pile of bricks. Schwartz’s irreverent verse never falters-and any book that rhymes “dojo” with “mojo” is one that’s worth a look. ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverDreaming up : a celebration of building / Christy Hale.
“A clever introduction to architecture. Each spread shows children playing on one side and a photograph of a famous building on the other. The children, done with watercolor in a fairly standard illustrative style, are pictured working with toys that mirror the form of the featured buildings. For example, a baby’s stacking rings are shown opposite the Guggenheim Museum, and wooden blocks mirror the shape of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Each spread also contains a short poem, many rhyming, that describes the youngster’s play. ……….” (adapted from School Library Journal)

 

Syndetics book coverPenguin’s hidden talent / by Alex Latimer.
“Penguin doesn’t have a talent to hone for the upcoming community talent show, so instead he helps organize the event. As a result of Penguin’s involvement, all goes well at the show, but when each of his friends wins a trophy or a medal, Penguin feels left out. In an attempt to cheer him up, Penguin’s friends try to throw him a party, but it is so poorly planned, it appears to be headed for disaster. Of course, Penguin himself comes to the rescue, making the party fabulous and discovering where his talents lie: as a party planner. I don’t need a medal. I need a telephone, he says before ordering a bevy of ridiculous decorations. The colorful cartoon illustrations perfectly convey the goofiness of Penguin and his friends displaying their quirky talents (such as burping the alphabet and juggling household appliances). This packs in plenty of chuckles, and its supportive and nurturing message makes it worthy of repeat visits” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverGood news bad news / Jeff Mack.
“Mack’s clever book may follow the format of Remy Charles’s Fortunately, Unfortunately, but his take on the theme is flat-out hilarious. Apart from the closing line, the text contains only the four words of the title. “Good news!” says a cheerful rabbit, showing a picnic basket to a mouse seen leaning out of its hole. “Bad news,” says the mouse as rain begins to fall. The rabbit is ready with an umbrella (“Good news”), but the mouse blows away after grabbing it (“Bad news”). Mack’s mixed-media illustrations are both slapstick and droll as the duo fights off bees, runs from a rampaging bear, and gets hit by lightning. When the mouse loses its temper in a two-page tantrum, the rabbit’s spirits finally plummet. Mack (Frog and Fly) portrays the rabbit in a puddle of tears, and amusingly depicts the mouse’s epiphany with the sun breaking through the clouds, as if the book were a Cecil B. DeMille movie. This well-executed, rapid-fire book should satisfy even the most resistant readers.” (Publisher Weekly)

Picture books to make you chuckle

Some sweet picture books that will keep you and your family entertained.

Syndetics book coverThe wreck of the Diddley / Fatcat & Fishface ; illustrations by Stephen Templer.
“The wreck of the Diddley is a cheerfully dark tale of shipwreck on the South Seas. The Captain and his extremely rude parrot tell the story, but cannot agree on a single detail of their adventure.” –Back cover.

Syndetics book coverHey, Al / story by Arthur Yorinks ; pictures by Richard Egielski.
“A city janitor and his treasured canine companion are transported by a large colorful bird to an island in the sky, where their comfortable paradise existence threatens to turn them into birds as well.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe old man and the cat / by Anthony Holcroft ; illustrated by Leah Palmer Preiss.
“When an old man carves a wooden flute he discovers he has created something magical. But magic can have unforeseen consequences if it is misused. Suggested level: primary.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLooking for Rex / Jan Ormerod, Carol Thompson.
“The children are sure that Gramps would never feel lonely if he had a dog of his own. They say the dog should be called Rex, but what would Rex look like? So they play Looking for Rex, and pretend to see Rex, but whenever they think they find Rex…it is never really the right Rex.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe dreadful fluff / Aaron Blabey.
“Serenity’s life was perfect. But then she discovered something perfectly awful… The dreadful fluff!” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe Goobledygook is eating a book / Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting ; illustrated by Tom Jellett.
“Something is coming. Can you see? It snuffles and shuffles. What can it be? Look! look! it’s a Gobbledygook! It’s ripping up pages and eating a book!” (Library Catalogue)

Great picture books that will charm the socks off you.

Share these new books with a friend, there is something to delight and entertain everyone .

Syndetics book coverA year with Marmalade / [written by] Alison Reynolds ; [illustrated by] Heath McKenzie.
This is a story about friendship, it’s about losing friends and making new ones. It’s a story about change which isn’t always a bad thing.

Syndetics book coverMister Whistler / Margaret Mahy ; [illustrated by] Gavin Bishop.
“Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. In a rush to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket. Is it in the bottom pockets of his big coat or the top pockets of his jacket? Perhaps he slipped it into his waistcoat. Where is Mister Whistler’s ticket?”–Publisher information. Suggested level: junior, primary.

Syndetics book coverArchie / Domenica More Gordon.
Archie, a fashion-loving dog with a faithful pet of his own, leads a quiet life until he gets a sewing machine and begins creating canine couture that captures attention all over town, even from a queen and her two royal corgis.

Syndetics book coverA flower in the snow / Tracey Corderoy ; [illustrated by] Sophie Allsopp.
Luna and Bear are best friends. They belong together like bread and jam! Everything they do, they do together.
When a beautiful flower pops up in the snow, Luna is delighted! But soon the flower fades away, and with it, Luna’s smile. Will Bear ever be able to bring it back… (www.traceycorderoy.com)

Syndetics book coverThe fantastic jungles of Henri Rousseau / written by Michelle Markel ; illustrated by Amanda Hall.
A child’s biography of French artist Henri Rousseau, who spent his life as a toll collector, but created unheralded masterpieces in his spare time. A sophisticated picture book.