The play park in Ruby Nettleship’s town is in need of repair. Children queue each day to use the only remaining swing and when that breaks, no fun can be found anywhere.
That is until Ruby is given a mysterious ice lolly by a mysterious woman. The stick says PLANT ME so she does…
and in no time at all a new, magical play park begins to grow from the ground. The swings and slides take Ruby to collect her friends, then some animals from the zoo and finally all the adults in town. Eventually she is deposited at the door of the Mayor’s office
where she is asked to explain the mayhem in town. The mayor is sympathetic to her plight and by the next day
the magical play park has disappeared but has been replaced by a real life park for all to play in.
Azzi In Between is a graphic novel that follows a young girl, Azzi, and her parents as they escape their war-torn country.
Their journey has them driving through the night, encountering border guards and travelling across the sea in a small boat.
They arrive at their destination relieved but overwhelmed by how different everything is. We see her father demoralised by not be able to work and her mother’s concerns that, in learning English, Azzi might forget her own language. But we also see some of the kindness the family encounters and how, in time, they begin to settle in their new home.
Neither their home country or new country are specified by name allowing the story to be about any family forced to flee their homeland. Sarah Garland took advice from specialists in immigration law and human rights as well as teachers working with refugee children in UK schools when writing the book in order that the story could be as accurate as possibly. The full horrors of war are not explicitly described but some of the emotional loss is. Nevertheless, this is a moving tale of hope and courage.
Published in paperback by Frances Lincoln
40 pages, 270 x 205 mm
An alphabet board book for children who want to associate their letters with political ideas.
Are you an activist?
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
Board edition published by Seven Stories
28 pages, 145 x 144 mm
6.99 plus postage
Farmer Brown’s cows find an typewriter in a barn and start to try and improve their working conditions.
Farmer Brown dismisses their request and and insists they get on with their work. The cows speak to the hens who have similar complaints so they decide to unionise to strengthen their voices. Eventually a course of industrial action is decided upon.
Farmer Brown is not happy to meet their demands and writes his own letter. Duck is considered a neutral party and so delivers it. The cows discuss his reply through the night and propose a solution to the problem.
The cows and the hens get their electric blankets and agree to type no more.
The ducks on the other hand…..
There are five books about Jamela who lives with her mother, her grandmother and her dog, Taxi, in a busy town in South Africa. She means well but is always getting into scrapes. In the first book, ‘Jamela’s Dress’, her mother spends some of her hard earned money on beautiful fabric to make into a dress for a friend’s wedding.
After washing the fabric, Jamela is entrusted with the task of keeping an eye on it while it dries. She tries to take this seriously but drifts off and finds herself in a daydream. She struts down the busy street draped in the fabric, meeting all the characters round town. A local photographer even documents her exploits.
Reality hits home hard when her mother finds out what she has done. The fabric is ruined.
But a friend helps out, a happy solution is found in the end and everyone is well turned out for the wedding.
Jamela’s Dress by Niki Daly
Paperback edition, published by Frances Lincoln.
36 pages, 280 x 214 mm
6.99 including free UK postage
The Queen, Crown Prince and Crown Kitty all live together in great splendour but the Queen is growing weary of ruling. She wants to pass on her throne to her son but he needs to be married before she feels she can.
The prince explains that he’s never really been interested in princesses but nevertheless the queen gets on the phone and soon princesses from all over the world come to visit.
None appeal to the prince until one arrives with her brother..
It is love at first sight.
The two princes marry and the queen finally gets the rest she’s been craving.
King & King by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland
Hardback edition, 32 pages, 260 x 259 mm
Published by Tricycle Press, ISBN 9783956791741
£12.99 with free postage in the UK.