Picture Book Special – April 16th 2021

One of the first gifts I was given when I announced I was pregnant (back in early 2007!) was a collection of Winnie The Pooh stories. I read to my son pretty much from the first moment he was born. It goes without saying that I adore books and stories and I wanted to share that love with him.

The benefits of reading to children are well know. Not only the bonding – that time when you stop everything else and devote a few minutes to them – but also the benefits to their development. My son is now 13 and he does still enjoy books and most importantly we have so many good memories of sharing stories together. I still have all of our favourites and I wouldn’t part with them for anything.

Now, as a book lover, blogger and Librarian, I am very lucky indeed to receive a number of books through the post for consideration to share on Tales Before Bedtime. This means I still get to indulge in escaping into a gorgeous picture book – something I believe you should never grow out of. You may have a young one or grandchild, or a friend who has and if you are looking for a perfect gift then you could do far worse than to gift them a picture book.

So, without further ado, I’d like to share three suggestions that might just make it into your memory banks.

ISBN: 9781788491914

Available from all good booksellers


Squeeeak… Thwop … Thwop … Dwoooooerrrp!

Dad sings his magical whale song to Mum and baby Finn, far, far away across the huge ocean. When Finn gets lost, can the other sea creatures help him to send a message of his own?

A gorgeous new picture book adventure with charming characters and beautiful underwater scenes from Gerry Daly, bestselling illustrator and creator of Where Are You, Puffling?

My thoughts

Bold and colourful, this is an underwater adventure that will warm the cockles. Baby Finn is lost and doesn’t quite know how to find is way back to his mum on their journey to see his father. He’s not alone though and a whole host of underwater friends helps him to find his own voice which to help him back to where he belongs. Absolutely delightful and the illustrations are gorgeous.

Winnie and Wilbur Around The World by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul – Published by OUP Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780192772336 – paperback edition (it is also available in hardback)

Available from all good booksellers.


It’s a WORLDWIDE Winnie and Wilbur adventure!

Winnie and Wilbur are visiting the wild animals from their library book in real life. It’s exciting to journey by magic all around the world, but there is trouble for our travellers when the animals get hungry!

A whistle-stop tour full of hilarious slapstick fun, with plenty of details to pore over in Korky Paul’s intricate and spellbinding artwork.

The best-selling Winnie and Wilbur series has been delighting readers both young and old since 1987 and Winnie and Wilbur have become favourite characters in homes and schools all over the world.

My thoughts

What can I say, I’m a massive fan of Winnie and Wilbur. I adore their hilarious adventures and Korky Paul’s incredible illustrations. In this latest adventure their story begins in a Library (I do think I bear an uncanny resemblance to the Librarian – although have shorter hair) and upon discovering the book ‘Amazing Animals of the World’, decide to make good use of Winnie’s broomstick (and a little magic) to visit all the animals in the book. Wilbur just hopes they don’t get eaten. Of course we can go on the same adventure from the safety of our home with the help of this book (where we’re much less likely to be eaten by a wild crocodile!)

These books are wonderful to share. There is so much going on both in the story and in Korky’s excellent pictures. I adore them and think any bookcase is incomplete without at least one Winnie and Wilbur story.

The Invisible by Tom Percival – published by Simon and Schuster Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781471191305

Available from all good booksellers.


When Isabel and her family have to move to the far side of the city, Isabel starts to feel…invisible.

A moving, powerful story that shines a light on those that feel invisible in our world – and shows us that we ALL belong – from the author of Ruby’s Worry.

The Invisible
 is the story of a young girl called Isabel and her family. They don’t have much, but they have what they need to get by. Until one day, there isn’t enough money to pay their rent and bills and they have to leave their home full of happy memories and move to the other side of the city.

It is the story of a girl who goes on to make one of the hardest things anyone can ever make…a difference.

And it is the story of those who are overlooked in our society – who are made to feel invisible – and why everyone has a place here. We all belong.

My thoughts

As of today, there are around four million children living in poverty in the UK. That’s over four million children who don’t get enough food to eat, who are cold and tired, who don’t have the equipment they need at school, who don’t have the same chances and opportunities as everyone else. These children are often ignored, which is why I wanted to explore the idea of invisibility in this story. Of course, poverty isn’t the only way in which people get overlooked by society; there are many ways that the world has of saying “you don’t belong here”.

Tom Percival

These are the words from the author, they are part of a note from the author at the back of this beautiful story, and I felt it summed up what this story is about perfectly. It is delicately and eloquently told. Isabel is such a sweetheart, her life is full of love and yet she doesn’t quite feel she fits into the world. Her sadness at having to move home filters through in the words and images. We see her diminish until she is invisible but although she feels as though no one can see her she begins to take note of the world around and see all the other ‘invisible’ people. And she decides to help.

Suddenly colour and life come to the story and it shows us not only that the world is made up of many different people but also that we don’t have to have expensive shiny cars or smart expensive clothes to make a difference. The power is there in each and ever one of us. This story is a beautiful read and I adored the illustrations. It tugged at my heart and made me want to go out and make a difference too!

Thank you for visiting Tales Before Bedtime today. I’ll be back again with another Picture Book Special very soon.

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Enjoy your day and may the sun shine wherever you may be.

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Categories: 2+, 3+, Children's Fiction, KS1, Picture Books, Review

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2 replies

  1. Great reviews, the picture books look a lot of fun. 🙂

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