The Glump and the Peeble written by Wendy Meddour (Frances Lincoln / Otter Barry)
Picture Book Challenge The imagination of Wendy Meddour & Rebecca Ashdown in creating these funny creatures (and the gloriously colourful world they inhabit) is marvelous, and brings a superb alien quality to the very human emotions of wanting to do something different. I hope that lots of families embrace stories like this and the messages within, to try and instill a sense of fearlessness in their children from a young age to embrace the challenge of going against the norm!
Amazon reviewer This book is a joy to read. The words flow so smoothly and effortlessly, the rhythm is catchy, the rhyme never forced. The wonderful dour Glump who wants to dance like a Peeble, and the little Peeble who just wants to sit and think like a Glump are a delight. A feel good story about friendship and not conforming, it’s one that you’ll never tire of reading and a young child will never tire of hearing. Definitely a five star!
Odd Socks written by Michelle Robinson (Andersen Press)
Sally Morris for The Daily Mail Despite the comic absurdity there’s something genuinely moving about this romantic drama, beautifully illustrated with fantastic expression that will have you cheering at the perfect ending. A delight.
Times Educational Supplement A lovely, jolly book, perfect for EYFS teachers and children alike.
Red Reading Hub Reviews of Children’s Books With so much of the mystery of Flo’s missing bucket being told through the charmingly simple illustrations, it’s very much a case of showing not telling. A perfect lesson of the power of pictures and indeed picture books, and their vital importance in the journey to true literacy.
Kirkus Review * Understated illustrations made of textured papers in muted tones keep the focus on the developing friendship and the slapstick humor.
Here’s hoping for a return of Bob and Flo…and for every preschooler to find a friendship like theirs.
Bob and Flo – hide and seek (Oxford University Press)
The Whopper (Templar Publishing)
Read It Daddy review This is a brilliantly original and entertaining story, where the monster is the sort of monster we love to see in stories. He’s not cuddly, he’s pretty much a revoltingly impolite monster who thinks nothing of scoffing little children (though he does so with a huge soppy whopper of a grin on his face). A very important moral lesson delivered with aplomb, we have a feeling this book is going to be a whopper itself!!
Amazon reviewer A fabulous story to share with my grandson, especially as I had just knitted him a jumper! A great story and very appealing illustrations.
How the Library (NOT the Prince) Saved Rapunzel’ written by Wendy Meddour (Frances Lincoln / Otter Barry)
Malorie Blackman, Children’s Laureate How refreshing, to have a girl in a story whose fate lies within her own hands. A brilliant picture book.
Bookwitch This is a beautiful picture book. I just can’t decide if it’s for children or adults. It’s far more appealing to an older reader (like me) than many picture books tend to be.
Armadillo Magazine April 2014 And the splendidly titled How the Library (not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour was a delight, illustrated exuberantly by Rebecca Ashdown.
Kirkus Review The bouncy illustrations match the whimsy. Rapunzel’s hair is wildly curly and red; the prince arrives on a scooter wearing a helmet, black goatee and shades; the cast is multiethnic.