Pictured Books

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My Worst Book Ever!

Here’s a new picture book about writing a picture book … and what can go wrong. Allan Ahlberg introduces My Worst Book Ever! (Thames & Hudson, 2018):

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The Pencil and The Runaway Dinner are visible on the shelves of illustrator Bruce Ingram’s studio, along with Alison Hubble and Bad News! I’m In Charge!

See also The PencilThe Baby’s Catalogue, and Red Nose Readers.


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A simple message in Emily Gravett’s Tidy (Pan Macmillan, 2017), but one which the badger takes to extremes. A forest is no place for being tidy (and arguably no place for a book).

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Little Bo Peep’s Library Book

Before How To Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell wrote Little Bo Peep’s Library Book (Hodder, 1999).


All the pull-out books in our secondhand copy have been pulled out, unfortunately. In the pictures, Bo Peep finds the book she needs at the library on how to find sheep. On the cover, though, she’s very clearly reading her own story – but whether before or after it happens, we can’t tell.