Planet Picture Book

Archive - June 2017

Argentina

Argentina is a land of book lovers if the stats are anything to go by. In 2014, the World Cities Culture Forum found that Buenos Aires was home to no fewer than 467 bookstores, making it the city with highest density of bookshops per citizen in the...

Applesauce

Applesauce is a quirky and original picture book that explores the ups and downs of a young boy’s relationship with his father. The two share a close bond of affection, but sometimes the father becomes a “thunder daddy” and a rift develops between...

Timeline

Timeline is a visual journey through the ages from the Big Bang to the present day. Every page brims with detail about periods of time and events that have marked our world history. This picture book is huge in every way. It’s way bigger and heavier...

Maia and What Matters

Maia and What Matters is an exploration of a young girl’s understanding of infirmity and death. Not an obvious theme for a picture book, you might think. But this story manages to combine sensitivity, honesty and beauty within its pages, even in its...

Belgium

Aha, at last a country where I have had no difficulty in locating English translations of contemporary picture books! This is partly due to the fabulous indie publishing house, Book Island, now based in Bristol (UK). Founded in 2012 by Belgian-born...

Don’t Be Sorry, Dad!

Don’t Be Sorry, Dad! is author/illustrator Nari Hong’s first book. Released in English in 2016, there is currently very little in the way of information or reviews about it online. I first came across the title in an article about the 2017 AFCC...

Shadow

‘CLICK!’ A little girl pulls on the lamp cord and transforms her attic into a playground of shadows. In this wordless picture book, household objects take on strange and wonderful forms … and the dividing line between reality and fantasy becomes...

Pool

A shy boy stands on the poolside and looks at the expanse of water before him. A boisterous crowd of swimmers arrive, leap into the water and soon fill the space. The boy hesitates then dives in, plunging far below the sea of arms and legs. There...