#20BestPicturebooks2019 Numbers 15-11

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Number 15

The Tide by Clare Helen Welsh and Ashling Lindsay

A young girl loves her grandpa so much! When they spend the day at the beach, she holds his hand as they go for a walk, and they build sand castles together. But sometimes, its difficult, because Grandpa has become forgetful. Grandpa’s memories are like the tide, Mommy explains. Sometimes, they’re near and full of life. Other times, they’re distant and quiet. The Tide is a story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well.

A beautiful, delicate tale that explores the the impact of dementia. It’s is however more than that it’s a story about families, love and the relationships we have. It’s quiet and thoughtful, but also full of life and verve. Welsh and Lindsay complement each other perfectly to create a story to cherish like our memories.

Number 14

Max attacks by Kathi Appelt and Penelope Dullaghan


Fish and birds and lizards and socks…is there anything Max won’t attack? Watch your ankles and find out in this clever, rhyming picture book about a very naughty kitty cat.

Max is a cat. He attacks. From socks to strings to many a fish, attacking, for Max, is most de-lish. But how many of these things can he actually catch? Well, let’s just say it’s no even match.

Max is every cat. The secret killer behind the furry exterior. This book totally captures the ridiculousness of cats as a domestic animal. It’s laugh out loud funny and utterly joyous in its celebration of cat-ness.

Apelt’s playful writing is perfectly shown in Dullaghan’s expressive vibrant art. Just a joy!

Number 13

Kai and the Monkey king by Joe Todd Stanton

When Kai grows tired of her bookish mum not being adventurous enough for a Brownstone, she decides to seek out the mischievous and rebellious Monkey King – who she’s always been told to stay away from. Will he bring her the adventure she craves, or will he cause her more trouble than he’s worth?

Read the latest story from the mythical Brownstone’s family vault where we venture to China and learn about the story of the Monkey King, meet magical gods, taste powerful peaches and see that maybe our heroes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.

Winner of the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, longlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, and most recently nominated for an Eisner for Arthur and the Golden Rope, Joe Todd-Stanton is a master at storytelling and illustration, and this time he takes his history loving adventurer deep into Chinese mythology

Joe Todd Santon goes from strength to strength. This third in the “Brownstone Mythical Collection” is just as good as the first two (that’s a huge compliment by the way). Steeped in Ancient Chinese Mythology this time we journey with Kai on her quest.

The detail of the art is astounding, creating yet another wonderful book to pore over again and again. Top-notch.


Number 12

The Flops by Delphine Durand

A book full of advice about how not to make a flop’s life hard! What is a flop? A flop is malleable, can’t make a telephone call on its own, can’t wear a collar, and many other things besides. There are also hundreds of different sorts of flops. In a humorous, pseudo-scientific guide, Delphine Durand creates a world teeming with flops, describing their characteristics and lifestyles with great humor and precision. Delphine Durand spent her childhood in Senegal, then in Montpellier. She has worked in children’s books, advertising, and for the press since 1996. 

This is my favourite fiction non-fiction book this year. Wild, creative and utterly bonkersly brilliant. It’s so brilliant I was almost convinced/hoped the flops were real.

Durand leaves no detail unthought of to convince us these creatures exist. Fab fantastical fun.

Number 11

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

Originally performed for ESPN’s The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more

Kwame Alexander’s powerful words are brought vividly to life. Nelson’s art jumps from the page. Both a celebration of the human spirit and a challenge for acceptance, this book unequivocally celebrates the endurance and resilience of black people in the United States.

It’s a powerful book that shouts clearly “Black Lives Matter”


Links to other posts

#20BestPicturebook2019 Numbers 5-1

#20BestPicturebooks Number 10-6

#20BestPicturebooks2019 Numbers 20-16

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  1. Pingback: Year 1-Year 6 Picturebook lists so far… (links) | Being Brave! a first time headteachers blog.

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