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Catch up on Issue 263
Michelle Pauli interviews Beth Lincoln, author of The Swifts, A happy tenth birthday to Flying Eye Books, Eoin Colfer interviewed about his new book Juniper's Christmas, Windows into Illustration: Helen Cooper opens her new book, The Taming of the Cat, Exploring Realms of Imagination at the British Library and much more.
Catch up on Issue 262
Biblio details for our Books for Giving selection, Little Rebel winner A M Dassu talks to Fen Coles about her new book, Ten of the Best School Stories chosen by Rebecca Butler, Peter Brown answers our questions about The Wild Robot Protects. Peter Brown answers our questions about The Wild Robot Protects and much more.
Catch up on Issue 261
Jacqueline Wilson talks to Rebecca Butler about her new book The Best Sleepover in the World, Fiona Noble talks to Thiago de Moraes about his new book, Children’s Books about India chosen by Ann Lazim, Dave Shelton on the tale of a bear and a joke he wishes he had told, Alexandra Strick describes three new projects and much more.
Catch up on Issue 260
Tanja Jennings interviews Manon Steffan Ros. An interview with Jeet Zdung, winner of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration, Windows into Illustration: Rob Ramsden, Talking Point: navigating the literacy resource landscape, A Story of Hope: an interview with Na’ima B. Robert and Nadine Kaadan and much more.
Catch up on Issue 259
An Interview with Amy Clarkin, Find out What Walks These Halls, the ghostly debut from Amy Clarkin, An interview with Jaclyn Moriarty, Guest Editorial: the Great School Libraries Campaign by Mary-Rose Grieve, Great Australian Children’s Books chosen by Judith Ridge, Leo Timmers on telling stories through pictures and much more.
Catch up on Issue 258
Author Anna Goodall answers our questions on Maggie Blue and the White Crow, A Q&A Interview with Padmacandra, Dhonielle Clayton on her new magic school series, The Marvellers, Why Working-Class Voices Matter, Books of the Year 2023, An interview with Méabh Collins, New Year Predictions 2023 and much more.
Catch up on Issue 257
Sue Unstead on helpful handbooks, Michael Rosen on ways to put children and books together, Cathy Hopkins chooses Melvyn Burgess’ Junk, Brian Alderson on J B S Haldane’s My Friend Mr Leakey, Peter Hollindale explores the legacy of Joan Aiken, Helen Taylor on the relevance of the work of Ted Hughes and much more.
Catch up on Issue 256
Neil Philip explores the poetry of the English Folktale, Michelle Pauli interviews bestselling duo Katie and Kevin Tsang, Ten of the Best Verse Novels: chosen by Charlotte Hacking of CLPE, Darren Chetty and Karen Sands-O’Connor go back to school, Joan Lingard remembered by Nicholas Tucker, Martin Salisbury defines illustration and much more.
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Latest IssueBfK 264 January 2024
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This issue’s cover illustration is from the 25th anniversary edition of No Matter What by Debi Gliori. Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help with this new year cover.
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Several picture books address sadness, few do it with as much humour or as effectively as Jack Kurland in his debut. This cat really can’t be bothered to do anything. His friends, in contrast are full of energy, chasing string, going to parties, even planning a trip to Mars. They invite Greg to join them but the response is the same every time: ‘I can’t be bothered.’ Undaunted, they ask, ‘What’s up? What DO you want …
Several picture books address sadness, few do it with as much humour or as effectively as Jack Kurland in his debut. This cat really can’t be bothered to do anything. His friends, in contrast are full of energy, chasing string, going to parties, even planning a trip to Mars. They invite Greg to join them but the response is the same every time: ‘I can’t be bothered.’ Undaunted, they ask, ‘What’s up? What DO you want to do?’, and Greg explains. He’s feeling sad, ‘All I want to do is nothing.’ At this point, his friends support him in the best way possible, acknowledging that we all feel like that sometimes, and then they join him doing nothing. Readers will see the difference this makes to Greg. The recognition of the universality of sadness and low mood is well handled and the cats’ method of supporting Greg through it is perfe …
February 23, 2024View Book of the Week