Youngsters’s books roundup – one of the best new image books and novels | Books
Ther month is encouraged by change, change and hope. In picture books, Nicola Davies’s Finally (Tiny Owl) was inspired by the true story of Sudan, the last male rhino in the north. Having lost her mother to smugglers, the captured rhinoceros lives close to monochrome and other “permanent” species of their species – in stark contrast to the beautiful landscape they remember. When he returns to the forest, however, he finds that he will not be the last. Without a fist, but by encouraging readers to fight nature against all odds, this book is a perfect balance between sadness and hope.
Hope is called back inside Rain Before the Rainbow (Walker) author Smriti Hall and David Litchfield. First released as a free ebook, visions like a girl’s dream with a wolf wandering from dark and hard to the morning fire, with her well-chosen words and uplifting illustrations, moving message of perseverance and ultimate joy.
Before the Rainbow Rainbow Built with Smriti Houses by David Litchfield. Photo: David Litchfield
In the meantime, What Are Young Girls Made of? (Nosy Crow) author Jeanne Willis, portrayed by Isabelle Follath, is an exciting series of gynecology. It answers the title question: “Sun and rain and heart and brain”, and shows Bo Peep who goes to great lengths to save his team, as well as the right medical queen who can bring Humpty together.
The addition of five, from Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egnéus, comes a difficult, essential one Fox: Life Story Line (Bloomsbury). The wolf sniffs, snarls, and feeds on its young; then he was hit by a car and killed. When microbes feed on them, their bodies are reduced to “living on the earth, plants, air – to the little things that were once wolves”. Thomas ‘simple, well-known language, the poetic language of the poems, combined with the vivid depictions of Egnéus’ rust. This is an excellent book for talking to children about death.
Don’t stop (Phaidon), meanwhile, is the latest book from the end, the amazing Tomi Ungerer. In a world where “flowers have become a memory” and people have gone to the moon, Vasco is left alone, with only his shadow to warn him of danger everywhere. But when a dead creature gives his child to him, Vasco and his new companion must flee dangerously in a row until they find a hiding place. With a pink mauvey palette, navy blue and black velvet, it’s amazing, fun and cute.
What Are Young Girls Made of? written by Jeanne Willis, by Isabelle Follath. Photo: Isabelle Follath (Illustrator)
Straight and fun, Swapna Reddy’s Ballet Institutions – New Group (Oxford University) marks the launch of a new series featuring sweet, sweet and pink images from Binny Talib. Millie patiently begins ballet classes, but when one student is rude, she is tempted to leave – until she finds little rabbits who are secretly in school, learning dance moves and sleeping in pointe shoes. Essential for small ballet fans.
For a total of eight years, a charming, legacy charm stolen by repulsive geese is all available The spirit of Gosswater (Chicken House) and Lucy Strange. Agatha is believed to be the Earl of Gosswater’s daughter, but later dies, and her cousin Clarence restrains her. Where is Agatha? Who is the ghost appearing to him? And what is the mystery of Queen Stone, the great white opal is said to be cursed? In his third book, Strange is unmistakable, extremely talented.
When Life Gives You Mango (Pushkin) author Kereen Getten is a prominent figure in the Jamaican fishing community. Clara loves her home, hiding secretly and her best friend Gaynah; but they can’t remember last summer, or why they’re afraid of the sea. When a strange girl arrives from England, Gaynah gets angry with Clara, and all of a sudden all the old secrets are pulled out and shone in this complicated story.
Finally, Boy, Everywhere (Old Barn) author AM Dassu follows 13-year-old Sami on his journey from the Damascus economy to poverty, persecution and infidelity in Britain, through Turkish smugglers and dangerous sea voyages. Careful scrutiny, fully verified, and unmistakable, unwavering, endowed with the power of compassion.
Teens are moving around
Author Julia Gray, Andersen, £ 7.99
As a result of a lost marriage between an oppressed noble and a derogatory poet, Ada Byron (later the Lovelace Countess) grew up intelligent, rebellious and original, a lover of “poetry science” and a determination to follow his path. Following the growth of Ada from a five-year-old, fictional child, the fictional story of a woman now sees the world’s first programmer embrace careful research on reading, wisdom and simplicity, and immerse readers in a world of oppressive cultures, natural ideas and untapped potential.
Warriors of War
and Alex Wheatle, Andersen, £ 10.99
Alex Wheatle has left his modern award-winning novels to get involved in fictional stories, around the 1760 Jamaican riots known as the Tacky War. Fourteen-year-old Moa and his fellow human rights activists want to take care of land, raise families and live beyond the limits of ownership and violence – but in order to do so, they have to get up and fight. Wheatle’s writings and funds (whips of administrators and “backsliders”, for example) amplify this daunting issue, which involves courage, bloodshed and self-sacrifice no matter what.
A Black Kids
Author Christina Hammonds Reed, Simon & Schuster, £ 7.99
Los Angeles, 1992: Ashley Bennett and her friends have a teenage chance, fooling around with the pool high school ending. But after four police officers were released after brutally beating Rodney King, LA became furious. Suddenly there is a strong line between white and black, and Ashley’s parents – who are always careful to have a good black family – are drawn to the riots while her rebellious sister takes part. And when Ashley starts a rumor about a black student, she is forced to ask tough questions about who she is and who she is. A good, good, good start to Angie Thomas fans.