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Licia clenches her jaw until her teeth hurt. If Stephen were alive he would at least know her name. The woman grabs his wrist and pats out the burning pages on the table. She takes the remnants of the pages and walks into the shadows. For a few minutes, she forages for branches and pieces of loose timber. When she has gathered a small bundle, she carries it to the centre bed and arranges the branches on the dry earth.

William is standing beside the woman now, and gives her his lighter. The fire quickly takes hold, and when the flames are steady the woman hands the half-burned poems to William. He holds them away from himself and then lets them fall into the fire. When the woman leaves the fire will be a bed of ashes. How can you walk in those boots? Where will you go? Licia collects more wood and drops it onto the pile beside the fire. The woman takes what she brought and heaps the fire higher.

William has gone back inside the house. When Licia reaches the French doors, William is reversing out, grunting, pulling something heavy. Licia asks him if he is sure about the chair. After a moment, she throws the tea things onto a metal tray and follows him out. The woman is piling the last of the branches onto the fire. William stands on the base of the chair. He lifts his foot and smashes each of the arms, then he turns the chair over and kicks out the legs until they break.

He hands her the broken chair back and she angles it against the blaze. The flames flare up strongly for a few minutes but then die back quickly. The woman places the kettle at the edge of the fire. When the water is boiled she makes fresh tea. Poems William wrote about our son. The car of his dreams. His friend survived. Stephen died hanging upside down in the seat. He was so proud of himself that morning. He called me. You took him go-karting. Our only child. Fat drops of rain are falling. There is a sizzling sound from the fire. William throws the wine bottle into the bushes and leans back with his mouth open.

He looks as if he is drinking the rain. Licia hands the woman her cup, and she takes it and tilts it forward in the half-light. The rain has flattened down the curls on her head. For a moment her expression changes, and she looks much older — a crone. William stretches his arms behind his head, cracking his joints. The rain bounces off his upturned face.

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The woman tilts the cup forward, and Licia sees the leaves, washed back, floating in the bottom. When she is finished reading, the woman grimaces and closes her eyes and drops the cup on the ground. William takes his shirt off and throws it into the bushes. He leans back, his face upturned to the downpour, singing to himself the nonsense words of a song never heard before.

Licia opens her blouse and takes the full force of the rain on her skin. She ululates a high, keening noise, the sound coming from somewhere between her breast bone and her throat. The woman joins the keening and unties the knot in her shirt. A crimson blossom flashes in the runnels and scallops of healed flesh.

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    A tribute to the transformative healing powers of friendship and how true intimacy between friends can be a balm for life. With words and illustrations full of heart and teaming with affirmation, children will love joining the characters on their journey and will feel buoyed by the subtle, but ever-present, message to be who they want to be. This title also performs 'casual inclusion' at it best- a multicultural group of friends, the illustrations also show Sasha, a young black woman, setting up home with a female partner and mid-way, there is a gorgeous image of the girls leading a Pride parade which bursts with rainbow flags and multicoloured heart balloons.

    It's beautifully told-friendships endures through a lifetime.. Girls can fly planes or dive under the sea. Yes, girls can be anything they want to be". A simple and effective empowerment book aimed at getting girls to aim as high as they'd like to! A bouncy rhyme drives the optimism of the text forward as we see girls in all of their diversity as they take up all sorts of jobs and activities from protecting tigers to solving crimes to digging up roads.

    The energy pours out on to the start and end pages with double page spreads of girls rock climbing and, later, mini bios and pictures of 15 notable women, including UK's first female firefighter, the first person with Down Syndrome to swim the English Channel, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Nicola Adams and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Wonderful to have these messages pitched to the very young. Green is the Quran I read with pride.

    Grandma explains the lessons inside". From silver fanoos to golden domes, a young Muslim girl introduces readers to her faith, including Ramadan and Eid, through the medium of rhyme and colours. An original approach, very beautifully illustrated with a useful glossary. By a Muslim author and an illustrator inspired by elements of Islamic art. Informative and engaging with attractive illustrations.

    A charming sequel to 'Amazing Grace'. When Grace is invited to Gambia she is worried about how to manage two families, but she learns that families are what you make of them. Age , 32pp Paperback. Grandma Ref: Oscar loves spending time with his Grandma but lately she has been getting forgetful and soon she has to go into a care home.

    A child-friendly exploration of what dementia is. Includes factual information to help children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship. Ages , Paperback 28pp. Well, grandparents inducting children on their vegetable plots seems to be a recurring theme! Here, Billy is by his grandpa's side throughout the growing season. Teaches everything anyone would need to know to get started on their own allotment.

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    This time, it's all about our bodies. This is a celebration of everybody and every body: the characteristics we share, the things which make us different; what makes up a body; where our biggest muscle is bottoms! There is even due reference to people who do not feel comfortable with the labels 'boy' and 'girl'. Inclusive and diverse as always, Asquith sets about putting everyone into the picture- including a wider range of disabled characters. Age , Paperback 33p. A glorious, multicultural celebration of contemporary family life.

    All wrapped up in delightful illustrations and great dollops of humour! Age , Paperback 32pp Themes: Lesbian and Gay. Selected by Booktrust as a Best Book of The second in the series of these most joyful and inclusive books! Explore lots of different feelings with the children in this book, see if you can find feelings that match your own, or that help you understand how other people are feeling.

    Feelings explored with the same warmth, wit and sensitivity as in the award-winning 'The Great Big Book of Families'. Age , Paperback 32pp. But Stella aims to do just that. Armed with fishing gear and differing baits, she sets out every day to realize her dream, whatever the weather.

    But what will she do if she succeeds? Courtney Dicmas's latest book features a spirited character determined to achieve her goal, but it also reflects our responsibilities to other creatures, and our place in the natural world. Relatives too welcoming, weather too hot. Nothing is the same. A very recognisable, grumpy child has his day lifted, finally, by a kind and patient friend and a calm reassuring childminder. A straightforward and gently humorous book which includes some great back cover tips for getting children to articulate their moods.

    Age , Hardback, 18pp. A quirky treat. Every one of Madame Chapeau's customers is different, so each receives a unique, bespoke hat. But while she gives so much of herself, Madame has a lonely life. And then, one night, she loses her precious birthday bonnet. A line of men queue up to offer her their hats but none will do Like every great story book, this one lends itself to multiple interpretations.

    It's a story about loss and self- isolation, but it also ends up as a story about friendship, belonging and finding your own uniqueness. The illustrations are wonderful- a particular delight is that each hat mirrors and reveals the personality of its owner. The text lilts along with bouncing rhymes and it savours funny nonsense words- "Chez Snooty-Patoot" "Rue Tippytap". This illustrator excels in effortless inclusion- the characters are multicultural; the real star is a small, Black child with natural hair ; some of the couple scenes suggest same-sex partners in amongst the mix and indeed one of the story's joyful messages is that love and companionship takes many forms.

    I would have bought this for my child- I had to read it to my nearly year-old daughter anyway. Wonderful inclusion! A gorgeously inclusive book which gets giddy about skin! A rich text marvels at how skin keeps "your insides in", at how clever it is at growing, at healing and how it responds to the outside environment. Most of all, it celebrates the diversity of our skin and the importance of feeling happy in your skin. What's not to like? Portrayals of different ethnicities, faiths and disabilities as well as diverse family structures.

    Happy to be Me Ref: "Thank you mouth, you smile and giggle. Thank you toes, you're great to wiggle". Follow a small and ethnically diverse group of children joyfully exploring their senses as they take part in a host of activities including playing dress up, cuddling lambs on a farm visit building a robot, toasting marshmallows over a camp fire. The merry band includes a wheelchair user, a child with a hearing aid and a child wearing thick-lensed glasses.

    Much as this is, quite simply, a very cheerful book about celebrating the senses, the disability depictions seem especially thoughtful and empowering. For e. Simple, bold and colourful illustrations. Lovely early years book' June, Parent, LL reviewer. Just from time to time. For example, she thinks her dino costume is everyday wear- but, then again, why not? But then, one day, in preparation for her very own dress-up birthday party, she goes with her dads to a big store dressed in her "extra-special errand-running costume": a penguin outfit complete with a smart red bow tie.

    And that is when she perhaps gets very carried away as she waddles off into a wild adventure starring penguins, hot air balloons, icebergs and is eventually rescued by an orca and a flock of pigeons. Luckily her dads are still shopping for party food when she lands back down safely in the supermarket Fabulous retro, purple and orange-toned, illustrations, a contemporary urban setting and a thoroughly casual representation of a mixed race family headed by two dads. The final rooftop scene of Harriet's party in which the children and adults help themselves to costumes out of the dress up box is a flamboyant double page splash celebrating individuality.

    A comic narrative, full of charisma. Imaginative story and lovely illustrations. Very inclusive without being self-conscious' Kerry, LL staff and reviewer. Age Hardback 38pp. A young boy in a concentration camp keeps hopes alive through the transcendent powers of music.

    Hauntingly beautiful. Age , American Import Paperback 30pp. One in a series showing children of all abilities enjoying a day out. Colourful and sunny illustrations. Age , Paperback 12pp. Have You Seen Elephant? Ref: A very large, very fun-spirited elephant challenges a small child to a game of hide and seek. And, despite the elephant's quite terrible disguises- on full show with just its head in a lampshade, delicately clutching a skinny tree trunk in front of it- the child simply fails to spot it.

    Which leads, inevitably, to a tortoise challenging the same child to a game of Tag A book which really understands the art of being a picture book with the barest of texts, decorative gatefolds and warm, smudgy illustrations in a gorgeous fuzzy summer palette, stuffed with character and great humour. A picture book lover's dream. Children will love it. Commissioning Officer, LL reviewer. But will she know how to get it back? The depths of love and loss are treated with an extraordinary lightness of touch.

    Age 5-adult, Paperback 31pp. A new edition of a classic. Brought bang up to date by Walker Books through a new illustrator, the publisher has also created an Anglicised edition no more 'mommies'! This new edition has beautifully vibrant, yet softly fuzzy illustrations which make each spread somehow Follow Heather as she goes about the tricky business of starting school and the less tricky business of nap time, circle time and everyone-draw-a-picture-of-their-family time.

    Everything about this book is simply delightful. Includes a 'secondary' representation of gay dads and there are also some subtle, lovely little gender touches along the way too Heather's firefighter costume, Mama Jane's carpentry, the gender-neutral play at school etc. Definite must-have! Hello Hello Ref: A striking environmental tale which is also a jubilant celebration of difference. A range of black and white and then gorgeously garishly-coloured and then stripy and then spotted creatures make their way across glossy double page spreads, mirroring and taking on each other's characteristics and, always, greeting each other with a friendly "hello!

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    A beautifully executed picture book with rhyming text and ninety-two yes, 92! Semi-cartoon-like, collage illustrations. Take the time to compare the silhouetted front end with the coloured-in back end pages. Really different. Really thought provoking. Really good! Age , Hardback 38pp. Alfie Tate is hamster monitor, a responsibility he takes very seriously as he sets out to find the four new teeny hamsters homes to go to. Alfie says that he was adopted when he was three so he knows all about what it is like to start over in a new home.

    A funny and touching narrative in which we see Alfie share his life story book with the class and in which we meet his wider adoptive family- a family which grows further as, much to Alfie's delight, Mum decided to adopt the saddest and loneliest hamster of them all Another spot-on, sensitive, gently humorous book for children from the Copper Tree series. A great story about adoption without it being an 'issues' book. Every setting should have this book' Rosalind, Workforce Dev.

    Nurturing and loving class. The adoption story delicately but realistically explained. We first glimpsed this as a U. We didn't have to wait too long. A wordless picture book shows a child and his family migrating to a new, unspecified country. Stunning artwork takes us all on a journey from a confusing unfamiliar landscape to somewhere which is starting to feel a lot like home.

    Perfect visual literacy for children' whose first language isn't English- and for reluctant readers. Written by a Korean immigrant to the USA. Age , Paperback 39pp. Home and Dry Ref: The Paddling family live on an island, making their living by fishing and teaching swimming- and serviced by the local ferry people who bring them their mail and food. But every summer, when the water dries up, the ferry people have to stop their visits and the Paddlings have to go elsewhere for a good paddle! An unusual story book with lots of scope to explore island living, weather patterns and their impact on the environment.

    A curiously life-affirming tale with some extra nice touches in the illustrationsL: a very heavily pregnant Mrs Paddling fishing in balloon trousers, Mr Paddle's chequered one piece swimsuit, the enormous plate of fish and chips in the final pages! A very quirky family. Somehow a real feeling of warmth and affection' Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer.

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    On the hillside above, a baby rabbit dives for cover. In the canal below, water runs off the ducks' backs. Classic Bob Graham- where small moments are connected to moments elsewhere and then build up to a final small moment which means something momentous to the players in the story. Here, under relentless pouring-down skies, Francie and her mum name the baby to be.

    Set in Sussex, specifically in the A Road traffic jams! Amazing colours. Hope is an Open Heart Ref: A wonderful photographic tribute to the resilience of hope, inspired by the devastation caused by natural disasters and conflicts. Age , American Import Paperback 32pp.

    Best friends: 1 girl mouse and 2 boy mice. Must they really join the boys-only and girls-only clubs? A fun and spirited tribute to friendship and inclusion. Age , American Import Paperback 29pp. How to Find Gold Ref: A small child and her crocodile friend think up gold-finding strategies, draw a map, elaborate with complicated sketches encompassing ship-sinking and underwater monsters- and then A few page spreads of wordless underwater magic later, a great, tumbling, treasure trove of gold is discovered.

    The adventurers carefully mark the spot on a new, very good, map and then leave the gold well alone. The end. Zany, fantastically strange and with a fresh, direct, dialogue which perfectly captures exactly how children would speak to their imaginary crocodiles. But a word of caution from our youngest, 8-year-old reviewer, Vuso, who complained: 'I did not like the book because it doesn't teach you to find gold.

    Shortlists Nobody saw the pigeon fall to the ground. Except a kind and gentle little boy. Sparse text and fantastically eloquent illustrations. From ranking number one in women's tennis to winning three Gland Slams in the same year to winning the infamous Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being one of the first openly lesbian sports figures , BJK has been an inspiration at every turn in her life.

    A thoroughly principled advocate for justice and equality, BJK decided from a young age that the easiest way for her to lobby for fairness would be to first become the best in her game of tennis. This brilliantly accessible and fun biography speeds through her life from a little girl playing basket ball to the present day. Part of a bestselling well-researched New York Times biography series- and, finally, biographies of famous LGBT role models are honest about their subjects' sexuality.

    It gives a clear, measured account of a remarkable woman who was not only at the top of her profession as a tennis player but who also took the time and energy to change the status quo- and make men and women athletes be treated equally' Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer.

    Age American Import Hardback 38pp. He had a thought and he heard it. From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about courage and making a difference. For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Henry Finch the loveable little bird who strives for greatness. I'm juts an ordinary person. But I'm also proof that there's no such thing as an ordinary person".

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    This cartoon format is perfect for introducing the Rosa Parks story to a very young audience. A lovely informal colloquial style from Rosa Park's point of view shows her early life, her budding as a young activist and then, finally, her political courage as she refuses to move from a 'white seat' in a public bus. Age , American Import Hardback 38pp. Ice in the Jungle Ref: When Ice's mum tells her they will have to move because she has an exciting new job in an exciting new country, Ice isn't so sure The journey is long, the new country is far too hot, the new school is full of creatures who don't look like her and don't understand her- and they prefer bananas to fish!

    Too weird! Could a 'North Pole Party' be just the welcome that Ice needs? A very clever, deceptively simple, picture book which introduces themes of transition and migration while ever so gently subverting a few assumptions about new arrivals! Age Paperback 27pp. An adventure-fuelled girl and boy conjure up fantastic worlds, picturing themselves as dragons, astronauts and more A magical rhyming celebration of make-believe, soaring imaginations and- being yourself. Includes mask-making tips! If All the World Were A gentle exploration of bereavement through lilting, poetic text and joyful, sweeping brushstrokes of oranges, pinks, reds and yellows.

    A child takes her granddad's giant hand and journeys through the seasons with him exploring the first signs of spring, discovering the astrological properties of a racing track! When her beloved grandpa dies, she collects scattered memories from his room and then starts to write them down in the notebook he left for her, made of spring-petal paper and Indian string. A very moving story- the sadness made somehow bearable by the exquisite relationship between child and grandparents and the narrative faith in memories which gradually heal like balm.

    Lyrical text and gorgeous photographs rejoice in the world's people, climates, colours and seasons. A true celebration of the beauty of our world. Immi Ref: An astonishing illustrator turns her hand to writing and long may she do so! A simply stunning story about hope, giving and wonder seen through the eyes of a little Inuit girl. The early career of a pioneering sculptor and a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. A compelling portrait of a young woman's determination to carve out her own special place in art history. Insults Aren't Funny by Amanda F.

    Doering illustrated by Simone Shin. Francis calls Charlie mean names on the football pitch- which make him feel sick and very sad until, finally, it makes him want to give up football altogether. But a chat with his friend and then his football coach means the bullying is tackled early on. A useful, positive book about verbal bullying. The story is accompanied by little factual notes running along the bottom of the pages; there is also a teacher note and a glossary.

    Is It A Mermaid? Two children on the beach spot a Dugong -or, rather, a Sea Cow- popping its large grey snout out of the sea. But this Dugong insists she is a she, not an it. And, she declares, with both flippers on her hips, she is a gorgeous mermaid, not a Dugong. Bel is happy to go along with the Dugong's self-identity as she trills and bounces in a mermaid-ish way. But Benji is very unsure about it all, protesting, "You are a Dugong!!! Fresh, charming, playful and utterly delightful.

    Luminescent blues and greens show the sweeps of the ocean interrupted by bright flashes of iridescent sea life down below. As day turns to night, the pages become soaked in rusty orange and then inky purples. The text skips along lightly, perfectly capturing children's clear and animated dialogue. And the humour is completely infectious. Who knew that a YA author could jump so effortlessly into such a young age range- more, please, Candy! Nice little backnote on the endangered Dugong. Yes, Dugongs are real]. Age , Hardback 24pp. The Island Ref: 'Wow! What a powerful book! So much you can take from this- in such a simple format.

    A stark picture book which tackles huge themes- refugees, xenophobia, racism and human rights. A timeless fable.

    Getting the Story

    International award-winner. Age 7 to adult, Hardback 30pp. Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers! Ref: Isaac is a superhero. He has the outfit, complete with booties and cape. And, he has superhero powers including a brain stuffed with encyclopaedic facts, an overdose of energy which requires bouncing and fidgeting and ears which hear a little too well.

    Isaac knows that not everyone always understands his superpowers so here he is to explain Asperger's which, as he helpfully elaborates, rhymes with hamburgers. Depicting disabled people as having superpowers is not without controversy. However, authentic quality titles portraying people with Asperger's are rare and this is such a positive portrayal, so It Must Have Been You! With each new act of mischief, a family member- sister, mum, grandpa- comes in to point the finger, whilst she puts on her most innocent, puppy-eyed face. How very true to life! Attractive contemporary illustrations with mixed up fonts and a typeface which falls, tumbles, whirls and spins across the pages, extending the story's playfulness.

    Finished off with some fantastic end pages full of child art by two 6-year-olds! Depicts a busy, joyful and loving Muslim family. It's Raining! It's Pouring! We're Exploring! Bad weather means indoor play with home made props, dollops of spontaneity and plenty of imagination. Rhyming text and a wonderful 'casual' portrayal of a girl with asthma.

    Chang-ming is selected for the football team. But Mum and Dad say they're all off to visit Grandma in China! Age , Irish Import Hardback 29pp. Jack's Worry Ref: Jack adores his trumpet but, as concert day looms, he develops a Worry, a great big grey splodge of a worry which sits on the end of his bed from the moment he wakes up and then trails him around for the rest of the day, getting ever larger and ever splodgier. Might talking to Mum shrink the Worry back down?

    A simple but effective tale about articulating your fears. Jake at Gymnastics Ref: Jake loves gym class- there are splits to be done, frog hops to try out, beams to balance on, bouncy balls to bounce on, tumbles to roll and A very spirited group of cherubic-looking children demonstrate toddler-friendly exercises with 2 instructors on hand to ensure all safety requirements are met! Isadora is a much loved Caldecott Honor winner in the US; we only wish she was better known here.

    Her always diverse illustrations are simply stunning. Age , American Import Hardback 29pp. Jamie Ref: Jamie is super at fixing things, something her two older, meaner brothers are happy to exploit. And while they have their own personal fairy godmother to see to their every whim, Jamie is all alone When the local princess invites everyone to the Royal Ball, the brothers are quite clear that Jamie has no business going. But Jamie knows how to convert a pumpkin When she completes her disguise with a short, trendy haircut, Jamie looks in a mirror and suddenly feels Jamie has become Jamie and he's finally at one with himself.

    Off to the ball! A very, very clever, smart and thoughtful book with a positive transgender protagonist which is pitched perfectly to young readers. I like the way the gradual revealing of Jamie's identity is embedded in the main narrative, the subtle shift form 'she' to 'he'. It's very clear All Letterbox Library reviewers. The Jar of Happiness Ref: A lovely feelings book in which a child invents a happiness which tastes of sunshine and smells of warm biscuits; she puts it all in a jar and carries it everywhere, sharing it with people along the way.

    But then one day her jar is no longer there Gentle illustrations and a story of kindness and a girl as a budding scientific inventor of happiness! Journey Ref: A bored child in a sepia world, picks up her red crayon, draws a door and takes herself out to a forest world of Chinese lanterns and fairy lights to a kingdom of turrets and golden domes to strange flying machines in a deep blue sky to a re-entry into her world and A rich, yet entirely wordless, narrative; a song to imaginative play, outdoor adventures, intrepid girls, friendships and extraordinary journeys.

    The possibilities for use in literacy are endless. Age , Paperback 34pp. The Journey Ref: A nameless country. A war which stretches like a grasping hand across the land. A parent and her two children separated from their father. A journey to a strange place with strange cities and creatures and landscapes.

    A long and painful journey. Borders to climb. Seas to cross. Angry guards to evade. A journey that doesn't ever end- even with this book. Evocative, devastatingly simple, text- "The further we go Based on the author's interviews with refugees and migrants from many different countries, woven here into one multifaceted, unique, hopeful quest for freedom and safety.

    Truly excellent. Age , Hardback 41pp. A mournful looking polar bear looks out onto his seascape and wonders where all of his ice has gone. He decides to embark on an ice hunt, setting off in a tiny boat. En route, he picks up other animals whose natural habitats are under threat: a panda, an orang-utan and an elephant A wonderfully illustrated story about the destruction to our environment, forced migrations and hope for a much kinder future. Julian Is a Mermaid Ref: A young boy is obsessed by mermaids.

    One day, on the train with Nana, he is enthralled when they are joined by a trio of women dressed as exotic sea creatures, complete with swishy tails and flicky hair. Back at Nana's, Julian starts to use the things around him to transform himself, bit by bit, into the most glorious and glamorous of mermaids. But it is Nana who provides the final finishing touch. A break out hit of a picture book, famously endorsed by RuPaul on Twitter. A celebration of individuality, creativity, freedom of expression and intergenerational love and empathy. Wonderful artwork which soaks the pages in colour and warmth.

    Fab illustrations and a simple message effectively put over. Nice to see an older woman so open to difference and enabling of the boy. It's so great! Age Paperback 32pp. Juniper Jupiter Ref: "Juniper Jupiter is a super-hero. A real one. It's no big deal. Oh- and she flies, of course. But there does seem to be one missing ingredient.. A side-kick! And so, JJ holds a side-kick audition, rejecting those who are too scratchy, have too much beard or who are over-prepared.

    Who will end up joining JJ on her future missions? Brought to you by an award-winning illustrator. BAME protagonist and a diverse background cast of characters. A fun, rhyming romp through the imagination. But her daughter is far too busy kissing kangaroos, cuddling hippos, flying with geese and nuzzling whale tails.

    A fantastically lulling bedtime story full of all sorts of bed-delaying tactics while cleverly soothing any child to sleep with wonderfully warm illustrations and rhymes which hug like the softest blankie. Asian family Age , Paperback 24pp. King and King Ref: A merry and modern tale of living happily ever after. The queen is desperate for her son to marry.