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Usman’s Books

Usman's cover

Usman loves reading his books in Usman’s Books by Julia Donaldson (Oxford University Press, 2006) … and just as we follow another of her creations, Charlie Cook, into his books, Usman wishes he could step inside a story. Spoiler: “And if you could step into this book…”, invites Usman, pointing at the cover, “you would meet me!”

Usman's Books

Thanks to Duncan for finding this one.

See also Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book.


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Tessa the Teacher

Tessa the Teacher

This is Tessa the Teacher by Felicity Brooks, illustrated by Jo Litchfield (Usborne, 2006). Tessa – “(Miss Thompson to the children)” – is reading to her class. It’s clearly visible as The Runaway Tractor by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright, from Usborne’s charming series of Farmyard Tales. Good choice, Miss Thompson!

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Big Cat, Small Cat

A cat reading a bedtime story to another? This night-time scene is from Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger (Abbeville, 2009). As you can tell from the cover in the picture, the original (Chatul Gadol, Chatul Katan) is in Hebrew.

Thanks to Ofra, who also told me about Itamar Meets A Rabbit (Itamar Pogesh Arnav) by David Grossman, which ends with a picture of Itamar having overcome his fear of rabbits to read his own story.

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How To Hide A Lion

Picture books for pairing: literary allusions in children’s books

An excellent post on examples of intertextuality in picture books starts with Iris in How To Hide A Lion by Helen Stephens (Alison Green, 2012), who is seen reading Judith Kerr’s classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea. At the end of the post there is an honourable mention for The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall (Penguin, 2014), which includes two books by the author’s studio mates.