New children’s books not to be missed – the sequel

Written by on November 13, 2013 in Kids, Toys & Gifts - Comments Off on New children’s books not to be missed – the sequel

A little while ago we reviewed a few lovely children’s books and there’s more where that came from. We came across a few other fine reads we want to share with you. All these books were written by Belgian authors and are now being translated and published by Book Island, NZ, bringing high quality literature in translation to the UK and Irish market.

Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire – £10.99 

Maia_Cover_WEB_0If you buy one children’s book this year, let it be Maia and What Matters. This is probably the most beautiful and touching children’s book I have ever come across. We all have at least one book from our childhood days that we’ve read a thousand times and as an adult we can still feel the magic, right? Mine is Most Beloved Sister by Astrid Lindgren. Well, Maia and What Matters is such a magical book that will probably stay with your child forever.

The story is about a little girl and the special relationship with her grandmother. When her grandmother gets ill one day and loses control over words, Maia is the only one who knows exactly what she means.

The author, Tine Mortier, and illustrator, Kaatje Vermeire, succeeded beautifully in creating a book that explains to children in a mere 24 pages what (the cycle of) life and relationships are all about. The text is very pure and straight-forward and perfectly complemented by the magical yet realistic illustrations. An absolute must-have for any child’s life education.

Bernie and Flora by Annemie Berebrouckx – £9.99

CVR_Bernie and Flora_2012_Berebrouckx_facebookBernie the bear and Flora the duck have been best friends for a long, long time. They enjoy the same things and often work together in Bernie’s flower garden. One day, Bernie and his flowers seem to be missing, so Flora sets out to find her best friend – and when she does, well, read the book and find out!

This beautiful picture book is the first in a series about love and friendship, that can be appreciated by adults as well. Annemie Berebrouckx is a bestselling author and illustrator of several friendly, accessible children’s books.

Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich by Lorraine Francis and Pieter Gaudesaboos – £12.99

SkyscraperSandwich_coverSammy is a little boy with a huge appetite. He decides to make a sandwich, a BIG sandwich, that eventually teeters high in the sky.

This book will spark your child’s (and your) imagination and will keep them busy for hours as there is so much to see and think about on every page.

The illustrations are fun, colourful and nicely retro – typicall for Pieter Gaudesaboos. Perfect for the smaller ones, as it is a big and sturdy board book. A great gift for any toddler.


Sir Mouse to the rescue by Dirk Nielandt and Marjolein Pottie – £9.99

SirMouseToTheRescue_Cover_0This is a great book for emerging readers, or simply to be read from, about a mouse knight and a dragon. In five short stories you will learn about the special friendship between these two unlikely creatures and join them on their adventures. Incredibly humoristic and entertaining, it will have you and your child laughing out loud. The cheerful illustrations by Marjolein Pottie are a rare combination of paper-cutting and collage.

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