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Book Review: A World of Birds by Vicky Woodgate

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Laura Ovenden. A World of Birds is a beautifully crafted non-fiction text, which introduces the reader to 75 birds across all seven continents. I immediately warmed to the author when I read the acknowledgement ‘For my best friend Asa who knows nothing about birds’. This…

Book Review: Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

In this gentle yet profound picture book of few words, we are invited to mull over the concept of time from the perspective of a child. Every aspect of the book is carefully executed. The figures in the beautiful illustrations are so unusual that you stop to pore over them.…

Book Review: The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Caroline Ash. With a growing mental health crisis in schools this book serves as a timely reminder to ensure our children know who or what they can turn to for support - through the ordeals of childhood or when life deals an unexpected blow. 12…

Ewa Jozefkowicz – The Mystery of the Colour Thief

The Mystery of The Colour Thief is a story that touches on grief, guilt, anger and sadness, but more than any of these things, it is a story of hope and new beginnings. I wrote it thinking that if it resonates with even one child who is currently going through a difficult time, then I…

Book Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst

What a beautiful book - a fantastically illustrated and informative book detailing interesting information and many key historical women over the years. The illustrations in this book are fabulous, bringing warmth, humour and detail to every page. The book is organised into double-paged spreads for each of the 13 women…

Book Review: A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

Reviewed by Kiran Satti A story that exemplifies how the power of determination combats fierce hopelessness, suitable for Upper KS2.
A Long Walk To Water is a dual narrative set in Sudan. The tributaries of a river can be viewed as a pertinent metaphor to describe the two narratives because…

Book Review: A Good Day for Climbing Trees by Jaco Jacobs

Reviewed by Shenaz Bagshaw A story that draws you in from the very first page, suited to UKS2.
This is a story about Marnus, a middle child who feels like he is the lowest in the pecking order in his family, next to his popular older brother and his entrepreneurial…

Book Review: From Morning to Night by Flavia Ruotola

Reviewed by Shenaz Bagshaw Fascinating pictures – a delightful book to leaf through and pause for thought! 
Now for something completely different, that I think you’ll just want to touch and digest for yourself! This is a picture book, but it doesn’t tell a story, nor does it really look…

Q&A with Rob Biddulph

 Just Imagine: Congratulations on your latest series Dinosaur Juniors. Can you tell us a little bit about the books? Do you have a favourite member of the gang yet? Rob Biddulph: Thank you! Well, I wanted to write a series of character-based books that would appeal to my regular audience and maybe slightly younger children…

Jim Smith – Step-by-Step “How to Draw Bunky!”

  Jim Smith is the keelest kids’ book author in the whole wide world amen. He graduated from art school with first class honours (the best you can get) and went on to create the branding for a sweet little chain of coffee shops. He also designs cards and gifts under the name Waldo Pancake. Jim is…