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Children’s January – June 2016

Contents Picture Books Can I Build Another Me?




Miró’s Magic Animals


The Cantankerous Crow




Messy goes to OKIDO


Activity Books Grids


My Stencil Kit


Information Books The Big Book of Bugs








Backlist Titles


1 Index


Sales & Distribution Contacts


This catalogue is also available to view at: On the cover: from The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer. See p16. All descriptions in this catalogue are correct at the time of going to press. Prices, which apply in the UK only, are net, provisional and subject to alteration without notice. For Value Added Tax (VAT) purposes, books are zero rated in the UK.

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A wildly imaginative story to encourage young readers to question the world around them, from the bestselling author of It Might Be An Apple. For ages 8+. Shinsuke Yoshitake is the author of several children’s books, including It Might Be An Apple, also published by Thames & Hudson.

32pp 25.7 x 20.5cm ISBN 978 0 500 650783 April £7.95 hb

Can I Build Another Me? Shinsuke Yoshitake


Can I Build Another Me? taps into the growing trend of encouraging children to think about philosophical questions. It follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as he decides to make a clone of himself – and starts to ponder what makes him HIM. Is it the scar on his knee or his sticky palms? Is it his love of acorns or the way he winks? The more he thinks about it, the more complicated it becomes…

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ISBN 978 0 500 650486 ‘As magical and creative as you would hope … pure delight’

‘Playful and genuinely enlightening’ Look Book Review



A bedtime ABC – the perfect wind-down book for tired children. For pre-schoolers. Isabel Minhós Martins is the founder of the Portuguese publisher Planeta Tangerina. She is the award-winning author of numerous books, most recently Nobody Passes and With Time. Yara Kono is a prize-winning illustrator.

28pp 22.0 x 19.5cm ISBN 978 0 500 650776 April £8.95 hb

ABZZZ... A Bedtime Alphabet Isabel Minhós Martins and Yara Kono


Some people fight sleep with all their might. And we can see why – it is so exciting to be awake! But nobody can live without sleep, which is why we’ve created this bedtime ABC, a book with the power to have everyone nodding off long before the alphabet ends. It never fails. Some people begin to yawn by the letter B; others go out like a light at P. Almost all arrive at the S page already snoring. Even the title of the book fell asleep…


A delightful introduction to the work of Miró from the bestselling author of The Boy Who Bit Picasso. For ages 4+. Antony Penrose is the son of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. He runs Farley Farm House, his parents’ home, now open to the public. His previous publications include The Lives of Lee Miller, Lee Miller’s War and the bestselling children’s book, The Boy Who Bit Picasso.

48pp 23.0 x 17.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 650660 March £9.95 hb

Miró’s Magic Animals Antony Penrose

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ISBN 978 0 500 238738 ‘A must for children of all ages, whether grey haired or still of the biting variety’ The Art Newspaper

‘A gem’ The Observer

In Miró’s Magic Animals Antony Penrose recalls a visit by Miró to his childhood home and a trip to London Zoo, where the artist Miró asked to see ‘large birds, snakes and strange creatures of the night’. Joan Miró was a quiet and kind man who ‘dreamed when he was awake’ and painted wonderfully strange worlds filled with magical animals. Beautifully illustrated with some of Miró’s finest works, as well as evocative archive photography by Lee Miller, Tony Penrose’s mother, and specially commissioned artworks by children done in the style of Miró, this book will inspire and appeal to art fans of any age.



The first UK publication of this classic picture book, rediscovered after 60 years and bringing this beautifully illustrated story to a whole new audience. For ages 3+. Now 96, Lennart Hellsing is a legendary Swedish writer and translator. In 2010 he was a finalist for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition for writers of children’s books, for his lasting contribution to children’s literature. Poul Strøyer was an award-winning Danish illustrator who worked closely with Hellsing.

28pp 28.6 x 21.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 650790 May £12.95 hb

The Cantankerous Crow Lennart Hellsing and Poul Strøyer


The most maddening crow in world history is out to cause trouble! He can’t resist the farmer’s cherries – and one day he gets caught. The farmer tries to punish the crow with hard labour, but the crow only causes a lot of bother. Then the farmer tries to sell the crow at the market, but who wants to buy a troublesome crow?



The never-ending story of a very special visitor who arrives in the tallest city you’ve ever seen. For ages 5+. Cléa Dieudonné is a French iIlustrator and designer. She studied at Gobelins and Ecole Estienne in Paris, and has worked for various French newspapers and journals. This is her first book.

Megalopolis and the Visitor from Outer Space Cléa Dieudonné The citizens of Megalopolis are visited by a traveller who has come from outer space to explore the many wonders of this towering town. After a welcome party filled with games, animals and cakes galore, he feels right at home. But when danger strikes, only an equally special resident of Megalopolis can save the day … leading to an even bigger adventure! This uniquely designed book, the longest children’s book we know, unfolds to a length of more than three metres. Filled with fantastic and funny details – there’s even a key to some of the sights you will spot – Megalopolis is a book of wonder that is sure to provide hours of entertainment!


38pp folding out to a height of 3.7 metres 38.0 x 23.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 650691 March £14.95 hb


OKIDO’s approach to education through play and discovery really shines through in the Messy Goes to OKIDO books, which tie in with the hugely successful CBeebies science comedy TV show. Messy’s personality is brought to life on the page through stories, science and craft activities, jokes and games in a way that inspires young children to explore and investigate for themselves the fun ... exciting ... creative worlds of science and art. For ages 4+.

The caterpillar mystery A story for mini scientists Messy and the gang find a hungry caterpillar, who promptly disappears. But has the caterpillar really turned into a butterfly? 24pp 23.0 x 21.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 650721 May £5.95 pb


Diving for treasure A story for mini scientists Messy and his friends search for underwater treasure, and Messy discovers that fish can breathe underwater – but humans can’t. 24pp 23.0 x 21.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 650714 May £5.95 pb

Also available:

ISBN 978 0 500 650622


ISBN 978 0 500 650646

ISBN 978 0 500 650639


All about me A kit for mini scientists The perfect kit for children to explore a science theme – the body – with Messy and the gang. Featuring: • Fill-in pages • Press-out slit-and-slot pieces to act out adventures • Colourful stickers

16pp, with 2 pages kiss cut and 2 pages of stickers 23.0 x 16.4cm ISBN 978 0 500 650745 May £5.95 pb

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ISBN 978 0 500 650615


Messy’s Doodle and do Adventure An art pad for mini scientists Children can scribble, colour, fold and doodle their way through this imaginative activity pad – and then tear out the pages and pin them up on the wall for everyone to see! Activities include: • Fold a floating canoe • Slit-and-slot hot-air balloon • Postcard from the North Pole • Doodle a treehouse • Cut out a jungle jigsaw • Play crocodile snap • Fold a mini paper yurt

24 tear-out sheets (48pp) 29.7 x 21.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 650707 May £5.95 pb

Also available:

ISBN 978 0 500 650608

My Messy sticker book A busy book for mini scientists A sticker book with over 50 stickers of characters and features from the OKIDO world. Includes: • Free play pictures • Games & activities • Collect passport stamps • Jigsaw sticker map • Sticker treasure trails

12pp + 2 pages of stickers 23.0 x 21.0 cm ISBN 978 0 500 650738 May £5.95 pb

Promotional Pack: Includes: • 30-copy counterpack (empty) • 10m bunting • 50 stickers • 10 x A5 activity cards ISBN 978 0 500 981719 FREE



Coming in autumn: My Messy robot sticker book My Messy rainy day sticker book


A doodle book that will inspire children to create all kinds of pictures and patterns. For ages 7+. Jacky Bahbout is an actress and author of Make Art with Your Hands and Feet, Funny Face, My Fashion Lookbook and Making Faces!, all published by Thames & Hudson.

128pp + 4 sticker sheets 28.0 x 21.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 292334 June ÂŁ9.95 pb

Grids A Drawing Book for Squares Jacky Bahbout 14

This book is packed with fill-in grids and patterns providing all the tools needed to create a riot of geometric and free-flowing designs, from a robot workshop to a city of 3-D skyscrapers. There are grids with spirals, spots, cross-hatches, triangles, letters, blobs and more. Children start by following the ideas in the book, then come up with their own creative ideas.


A creative stencil kit from the bestselling author Hervé Tullet. For ages 5+.

Hervé Tullet is a prize-winning and bestselling illustrator and bookmaker. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Press Here and Mix It Up. Tullet received the Prize for Non-Fiction at the Bologna International Book Fair in 1998 and won the Pitchou Prize for the best work in children’s literature in 2009 and the Sorcières Prize in 2011.

64pp + 6 die-cut stencil sheets 34.3 x 24.5cm ISBN 978 0 500 650752 February £14.95 pb + boards

My Stencil Kit Hervé Tullet


From the renowned children’s author of Press Here and Mix it Up! comes an imaginative children’s stencil kit that will delight aspiring young artists and encourage all children to express themselves with art, just like Tullet himself! Included with the sketchbook are six die-cut boards and more than 200 stencil shapes to spark the imagination.



Just how slow can a snail go? Why does a stick insect look like a stick? How does a butterfly flutter? For ages 4+. Yuval Zommer studied at the Royal College of Art, London. He has worked as a creative director at many top advertising agencies. He has been nominated for a Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award. Barbara Taylor has worked as a science editor and writer at London’s Natural History Museum. She is an award-winning author and consultant of more than 150 books for children.

64pp 34.0 x 23.0cm ISBN 978 0 500 650677 March £12.95 hb

The Big Book of Bugs Yuval Zommer with bug expert Barbara Taylor


Here is a fact-filled book for young children aged 4+ about all kinds of creepy crawlies. Yuval Zommer’s wonderful illustrations show the wrigglers, stingers, bombers, fliers and chirpers of the bug world – and children will love the search-and-find activities on the page.




The real-life stories of some of the greatest artists of all time. For ages 8+.

Splat! The Most Exciting Artists of All Time Mary Richards 18

Splat! traces art history through the artists who helped change its direction. Key turning points and important art movements, from the Renaissance and Impressionism to Surrealism and contemporary art are also covered. There are art activities for children too.

Features: Michelangelo Bruegel Caravaggio Velázquez Vermeer Hokusai Friedrich Whistler Monet Seurat Van Gogh Rousseau Picasso Kandinsky Duchamp Dalí Kahlo Hepworth Pollock Warhol Mary Richards is a writer, publisher and musician. She is the author of Ed Ruscha and the forthcoming Modern Art! Write Your Own Story. Mary was previously art publisher for the Hayward Gallery in London.

96pp 26.0 x 19.5cm ISBN 978 0 500 650653 March £12.95 hb


New in paperback:



The Most Amazing Scientific Discoveries of All Time

The Most Dangerous Journeys of All Time

Dr Mike Goldsmith ‘Exciting and educational’ Parent Talk


Deborah Kespert ‘Accessible and entertaining … a welcome addition to the subject and may even inspire future explorers and pioneers!’ The School Librarian

Eureka! recounts the real-life stories of the scientists who made discoveries that changed the way we think about the world, from Galileo and Marie Curie, who both risked peril during their research, to Alexander Fleming, who discovered the power of penicillin by accident.

Brimming with tales of heroism and useful survival tips, as well as photographs and illustrations, Explore! describes the intrepid journeys and discoveries of famous trailblazers from Christopher Columbus to Ranulph Fiennes.

ISBN 978 0 500 292273 April £8.95 pb

ISBN 978 0 500 292303 April £8.95 pb

Also in the series:

ISBN 978 0 500 650431




The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty Beatrice Alemagna


Stripe Island

The Big Adventure of a Little Line

ISBN 978 0 500 650493 £12.95 hb

Tupera Tupera ISBN 978 0 500 650479 £8.95 hb

Serge Bloch ISBN 978 0 500 650585 £12.95 hb

That’s My Hat

Paris Up, Up and Away

Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud ISBN 978 0 500 650578 £14.95 hb

Hélène Druvert ISBN 978 0 500 650592 £14.95 hb


Paper Zoo

What’s Hidden in the Woods?

The Sleeping Beauty Theatre

Oscar Sabini ISBN 978 0 500 650509 £14.95 hb

Anna Bestard ISBN 978 0 500 650530 £12.95 hb

Su Blackwell and Corina Fletcher ISBN 978 0 500 650547 £19.95 hb

I Can Make Dolls’ Clothes

Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker

How to Draw Vintage Fashion

Louise Scott-Smith and Georgia Vaux ISBN 978 0 500 650516 £9.95 hb

Louise Scott-Smith ISBN 978 0 500 650455 £8.95 pb

Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft ISBN 978 0 500 650370 £12.95 pb


A Wonderful World of Animals

Make Art With Your Hands and Feet!

Victor Escandell ISBN 978 0 500 650462 £9.95 pb

Victor Escandell ISBN 978 0 500 650318 £12.95 pb

Jacky Bahbout and Momoko Kudo ISBN 978 0 500 650387 £8.95 pb



Making Faces!

My Big Art Show


Jacky Bahbout and Momoko Kudo ISBN 978 0 500 650523 £8.95 pb

Susie Hodge ISBN 978 0 500 650394 £12.95 box set

Steve Bloom ISBN 978 0 500 650554 £7.95 pb






My head-to-toe body book

My big world

My animal book

ISBN 978 0 500 650004 £12.95 hb

ISBN 978 0 500 650165 £12.95 hb

ISBN 978 0 500 650240 £12.95 hb

How things work

Let’s play a game

What’s inside?

ISBN 978 0 500 650448 £12.95 hb

ISBN 978 0 500 650400 £14.95 inc VAT boxed

ISBN 978 0 500 650196 £12.95 hb


Colour me in! ISBN 978 0 500 650172 £8.95 pb

Index ABZZZ… 4 All about me 12 Bahbout, Jacky 14 The Big Book of Bugs 16 Can I Build Another Me? 2 The Cantankerous Crow 6 The caterpillar mystery 10 Dieudonné, Cléa 8 Diving for treasure 10 Eureka! 19 Explore! 19 Goldsmith, Mike 19 Grids 14 Hellsing, Lennart 6 Kespert, Deborah 19 Kono, Kara 4


Megalopolis 8 Messy goes to OKIDO 10–13 Messy’s Doodle and do Adventure 12 Minhós Martins, Isabel 4 Miró’s Magic Animals 5 My Messy sticker book 13 My Stencil Kit 15 Penrose, Antony 5 Richards, Mary 18 Splat! 18 Strøyer, Poul 6 Taylor, Barbara 16 Tullet, Hervé 15 Yoshitake, Shinsuke 2 Zommer, Yuval 16


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Featuring: Can I Build Another Me? ABZZZ Miró’s Magic Animals The Cantankerous Crow Megalopolis Messy goes to OKIDO Grids My Stencil Kit The Big Book of Bugs Splat! Eureka! Explore!

Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Children's Catalogue