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The artistic techniques create a unique reading experience – Books for Keeps

Elements of visual representation includes consideration of diversity  Buy The Secret of the Tattered Shoes Buy Under the Great Plum Tree In their latest feature in Books for Keeps, Darren Chetty and Karen Sands-O’Connor examine the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic voices in children’s books nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, including Ehsan Abdollahi’s emotive illustrations in The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, and Reza Dalvand’s highly intricate illustrations in Under the Great Plum Tree.…

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Bloom’s illustrations play an important part in the story – Books for Keeps

This allegory about the power of kindness is a strong one! Buy Bloom We’re over the moon with this delightful four star review of Bloom from Books for Keeps! Read the review below. This allegory about the power of kindness over selfishness and anger is a strong one, and the interesting illustrations play an important part of the story. We begin with a background of grey tower blocks right next to a brightly coloured house…

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Grobblechops is a clever variation on the fear of monsters – Books for Keeps

Buy Grobblechops Researcher and former Principal Children’s Librarian Clive Barnes wrote a fantastic review of Grobblechops in Books for Keeps. He gave it 4/5 stars! Here’s a clever variation on the theme of the fear of monsters in the night. Dad’s first idea of reassurance is to pledge armed family back-up in the case of monster attack. He’ll be there with a frying pan if the monster isn’t deterred by Amir’s scariest face. However, far-sighted…

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5 stars for the exuberant picture book Dare! – Books for Keeps

Buy Dare Lecturer in Primary Education Sue McGonigle has reviewed Dare in Books for Keeps. She gave it five stars! Dare is a poem in a picturebook form, with bold and joyful illustrations in line and colour which combine perfectly with the deceptively simple, sophisticated and powerful text. Each double page spread is a motivating declaration. The text encourages young readers to aspire to achieve their dreams, take risks, be creative, reach out, help others…

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The Lion Tattoo: a welcome fable from Rumi – Books for Keeps

Buy The Lion Tattoo  Read a fab review of The Lion Tattoo by Books for Keeps: In this small format picture book for older readers a young man decides he wants a lion tattoo on his shoulder. He saunters to the tattooist full of bravado. But when she begins her work and he feels the pain of the needle, the young man suddenly decides that his lion does not need a tail, a mane or even a stomach.…

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