Dogger’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes

Okay. So you know we’re a fan of Shirley Hughes here at DYESTT Towers. There’s nobody out there who can quite do what she does and we are SO lucky to be able to read it. (You can probably imagine my face when I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Dogger’s ChristmasContinue reading “Dogger’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes”

A Brush With The Past : Shirley Hughes

A Brush With the Past: 1900 – 1950 The Years that Changed our Lives by Shirley Hughes My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was upon reading this that I came to realise something about Shirley Hughes and that is the great genuine humanity of her artwork. I have spoken before about how much IContinue reading “A Brush With The Past : Shirley Hughes”

Dixie O’Day In The Fast Lane : Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy

Dixie O’Day: In The Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s books like this that make me remember why I enjoy children’s literature so. I’ve spoken before about my love for Hughes and Vulliamy; the bold, generous, reader-centred nature of their writing and artwork, and so came to Dixie withContinue reading “Dixie O’Day In The Fast Lane : Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy”

Ella’s Big Chance : Shirley Hughes

Ella’s Big Chance: A Jazz-Age Cinderella by Shirley Hughes My rating: 5 of 5 stars There’s a richness to everything Shirley Hughes produces, and it’s this richness which comes to the forefront of Ella’s Big Chance. This, as the front cover, states is ‘a fairy tale retold’. It is a retelling of Cinderella, set inContinue reading “Ella’s Big Chance : Shirley Hughes”

Alfie gets in first : Shirley Hughes

Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes My rating: 5 of 5 stars We all know and love Alfie right? I do. He’s an iconic character, created by the equally iconic Shirley Hughes, and this is one of my favourite titles starring him and his younger sister Annie Rose. But, before I talk about this,Continue reading “Alfie gets in first : Shirley Hughes”

Hero on a bicycle : Shirley Hughes

Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes My rating: 5 of 5 stars The thing about Shirley Hughes is that she’s one of the authors that you think you know. And in a way, you do. When you think Shirley Hughes, you think of things like Dogger, of Alfie, of my Naughty Little Sister andContinue reading “Hero on a bicycle : Shirley Hughes”

Children’s Picturebooks : The Art of Visual Storytelling by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles

Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles My rating: 4 of 5 stars A revised edition of their original 2012 text, Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles ‘Children Picturebooks : The Art of Visual Storytelling‘ (2019) occupies a space somewhere between academia and coffee table. It offers a general introductionContinue reading “Children’s Picturebooks : The Art of Visual Storytelling by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles”

Picture books, art, and the appreciation of things

I have a passion project. Thanks to Facebook, and my inability to hold onto a USB stick for more than thirty second without losing it, I have started to gather an album of picture book images. The curation method for these is simple, eccentric. I have to like it. I have to be able to talk aboutContinue reading “Picture books, art, and the appreciation of things”

Articles and programmes and things of interest (oh my!)

I have a couple of EXCELLENT things to share with you in this post, hence … um … this post. I moan a lot about children’s literature getting a less than positive coverage in the media (ie: none) so it is important to acknowledge those moments when it does. And one of these moments  inContinue reading “Articles and programmes and things of interest (oh my!)”

The Adventures of Beekle – The Unimaginary Friend : Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat My rating: 5 of 5 stars Picture books are complex, complex spaces that speak of something quite vibrant and distinct when they’re done right. They’re slim, ineffably potent things that tell story as though it is pared from their very heart; each word laden withContinue reading “The Adventures of Beekle – The Unimaginary Friend : Dan Santat”

54 places to begin with when thinking about children’s and young adult literature

A manifesto, of sorts, for those who are interested in children’s and young adult literature but don’t know where to start. Start here. Somewhere. All of them. One of them. Just start. Read something you remember from your childhood. Read it now as an adult. Be aware of the differences between that read. Read TheContinue reading “54 places to begin with when thinking about children’s and young adult literature”

Hubble Bubble : The Glorious Granny Bake Off : Tracey Corderoy & Joe Berger

Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake Off by Tracey Corderoy My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a charming and quite lovely collection of short stories by Corderoy, and illustrated by Joe Berger. Each story is about 40 pages, thickly illustrated, and with short chapters which sing to be read aloud at a storytimeContinue reading “Hubble Bubble : The Glorious Granny Bake Off : Tracey Corderoy & Joe Berger”

The Tiger Who Came To Tea : Judith Kerr

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kerr was the first author to genuinely, utterly terrify me. There are moments in When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit that brought home the impact of war to me like no other. She is rich and warm with her writing andContinue reading “The Tiger Who Came To Tea : Judith Kerr”

“You could put the otters in the sidecar?”

So, I don’t know if you’re like me, but it was a long, long time before I got to an author event. I mean, really. At school we didn’t have author events. We didn’t ever really have, you know, people in. We once had somebody from Look North visit, every year at Juniors we gotContinue reading ““You could put the otters in the sidecar?””

Best of British : is there such a thing as the Great British Children’s Book?

I’ve been thinking about children’s literature and what, you know, makes it what it is today. I’ve thought for a while that we’re living in a second golden age, with the quality of titles being published during and in the past few years. But then I thought that well, maybe there’s something in that but there’s alsoContinue reading “Best of British : is there such a thing as the Great British Children’s Book?”

Ponds, children’s literature, and Hayao Miyazaki

The stories that we read as children stay with us. Sometimes practically: dishevelled, bruised, cracked-of spine; or sometimes more metaphorically as a memory, or a feeling we can’t describe or even fully realise. This is because literature is a continuum: everything we read talks to everything we’ve ever read before and to everything we’re yetContinue reading “Ponds, children’s literature, and Hayao Miyazaki”

The Answers to the First Quite Niche Children’s Literature Christmas Quiz

As promised, here are the answers to the quiz I posted on December 24th. How did you do? 🙂 Round One: Boarding School Stories A lot of H D’s at the S = A Lot of Hot Doctors at the Sanatorium Eleven M having breakfast at F = Eleven Maynards Having Breakfast At Freudesheim OneContinue reading “The Answers to the First Quite Niche Children’s Literature Christmas Quiz”

Missing Mummy – Rebecca Cobb

Missing Mummy by Rebecca Cobb My rating: 5 of 5 stars Books about bereavement are a big interest to me and I collate ones that I come across in a reading list. I am such a fan of Rebecca Cobb’s work and this book is beautiful.One of the things I think Cobb does really wellContinue reading “Missing Mummy – Rebecca Cobb”