Churchill’s Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu

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.)

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The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer

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?

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Eric, The Boy Who Lost His Gravity by Jenni Desmond

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.

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