Kite-flying takes on a whole new meaning when Penguin Blue and his kite are swept away by a big gust of wind.
With a name like that, I suppose it’s no surprise that the protagonist in Churchill’s Tale of Tails is a rather portly pig who enjoys genteel activities like painting, playing classical music, reading and having tea with his friends. (In fact, I suspect that the character design was largely inspired by his namesake, that most famous stiff-upper-lipper in history, who was, ahem, of a similar body type and who had on occasion also worn a monocle — but I digress.)
At a certain point, kids will start asking the potentially awkward question, “Where do babies come from?” — as does the young big-brother-to-be in The Baby Tree , who tries to get answers from various sources, and ends up with a mixed bag of them, all beautifully imagined in Sophie Blackall’s gently whimsical illustrations.
A preposterous mustasche is the plot device used in this humorous re-imagining of the baby/toddler years.
The duality of human nature may never be fully understood or explained, but what’s probably true is that everyone is capable of both ‘good’ and ‘evil’, since even our definitions of the two differ from person to person. First published in 1962, The Three Robbers is refreshingly original and presents an interesting conundrum: is it possible for someone who has committed terrible crimes, to also do something noble?
You know what they say: the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. While the “we” in Shh! We Have a Plan are neither mice nor men, hilariously awry their opportunistic attempts to catch a pretty bird do go, thanks to an unfortunate clash in conflicting agendas between the three hunters and their little tag-along companion.
Life with siblings isn’t all cookies and cream, so to speak. After all, the flip side of anyone spending so much time together is that there’re bound to be instances of bickering, petty quarrels or fights, which is normal. What’s more important is not allowing whatever negative emotions that are riding high in that moment to linger long enough to cause any real damage. And this, essentially, is the gist of Eric, The Boy Who Lost His Gravity, which is almost uncanny in its depiction of sibling rivalry.
If you’re looking for a regular pet that will, say, chase a ball, fetch a stick or catch a frisbee, a rhino is probably not your best bet.
First published in 1987, the first solo picturebook effort by acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Peter Sis is a quiet meditation on companionship and contentment.
They say that no good deed goes unpunished, and Mr Tweed (the guy in the extra-tall top hat) might just drive you a bit bonkers with the search-and-find tasks that he (you, really) helpfully takes on, which range from Colin Rocodile’s lost kite to Pingle Penguin’s 9 flyaway balloons.