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Children’s January – June 2017

Contents Reference Books The Big Book of Beasts


Picture Books Dotty’s First Book


ABC off to Sea!


What Happens Next?


The Happy Prince


If I Had a Dinosaur


Activity Books Pyjamarama series


A Day in Ricetown


Think and Make Like an Artist






Sales & Distribution Contacts

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On the cover From If I Had a Dinosaur, p.10.

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Picture-book charm joins with informative non-fiction in this fact-filled book on wild animals. For ages 4+. Yuval Zommer has written and illustrated several children’s books, including The Big Blue Thing on the Hill, One Hundred Bones and The Big Book of Bugs. Barbara Taylor has worked as science editor and writer at London’s Natural History Museum. She is an award-winning author and consultant for over 100 children’s books.

34.0 x 23.0 cm 64pp ISBN 978 0 500 651063 March £12.95 hb

The Big Book of Beasts Yuval Zommer • Consultant Editor: Barbara Taylor Also available


What makes a hyena laugh? Why does an armadillo wear a suit of armour? Is a fox really that clever? Yuval Zommer’s gloriously quirky illustrations bring to whimsical life some of the growliest, hairiest, bravest, wiliest and most fearsome beasts in the animal kingdom, from anteaters and binturongs to wolves and warthogs. Brimming with fascinating facts from beast consultant Barbara Taylor, this entertaining picture book is an entertaining way for parents to introduce young children to the animal world – and for older children to learn by themselves.

ISBN 978 0 500 650677 £12.95

‘Splendid … children and their parents will be riveted’ Observer ‘Continues the welcome trend for beautifully illustrated non fiction … a book to stimulate curiosity and counter squeamishness’ Sunday Times

‘A gem of children’s non-fiction … answers all the questions your little one might ask’ Guardian


Fun, contemporary illustrations introduce colours, numbers and shapes in this beautiful board book. For ages 0–3. Becky Baur is an illustrator and textile designer. She runs her own business designing cushions, cards, notebooks and ceramics, all of them sold into shops and galleries around the world. This is her third book.

25.0 x 25.0 cm 16pp ISBN 978 0 500 651070 February £7.95 board

Dotty’s First Book Colours, Shapes, Numbers Becky Baur 4

Becky Baur’s warm and humorous book is a charming introduction to colours, numbers, shapes, opposites and first words for very young children. Baur’s illustrations summon up the familiar world of a child – playing in the garden, walks to the park – and offer all kinds of things to spot and find, including animals who play a riotous game of peekaboo throughout the book. Die-cut shapes on each spread lead Dotty the spotty dog and the reader through the book, encouraging children to engage with text and illustrations, while Baur’s graphic and contemporary, quirky style keeps parents entertained. This is the perfect book for children just beginning to explore the world.


Ahoy there! This nautical ABC is a bracing book for young sailors everywhere. For ages 3+. Virginie Morgand has developed her own highly distinctive visual language as an artist and illustrator working with screenprints and linocuts. She has worked on illustration projects with the London Transport Museum, Barneys in New York, Elle and The Sunday Times. She is also the author of What Do Grown-ups Do All Day?

23.8 x 17.0 cm 32pp ISBN 978 0 500 651131 March £9.95 hb

ABC off to Sea! Virginie Morgand A is for adventure that’s waiting for you The next time you want to sail into the blue...

5 This maritime ABC breathes a real blast of fresh air into the picture-book genre. Taking the reader on a fun journey out to sea, from A for Anchor and B for Buoy, from C for Cruise Ship to D for Dolphins until the end of the trip and Zzzz for bedtime, Virginie Morgand’s book is a witty introduction to all things nautical for children. Her illustrations combine a sixties feel with the intensity of animated cinema, bringing the pictures to life page after page.


A sensitive and gently humorous look at a little boy’s imaginings of his Grandpa’s life after death. For ages 8+. Shinsuke Yoshitake is the author of several children’s books, including It Might Be an Apple and Can I Build Another Me?, both published by Thames & Hudson.

25.7 x 20.5 cm 32pp ISBN 978 0 500 651209 April £7.95 hb

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What Happens Next? Shinsuke Yoshitake


What Happens Next? follows a child’s wildly inventive train of thought in the wake of his grandfather’s death and the discovery of the old man’s journal, in which grandpa had jotted his thoughts about life after death and the ideal heaven. Shinsuke Yoshitake handles this delicate but universal topic with a deft touch, deploying his trademark surreal humour in a way that encourages children to think deeply about life’s big questions.

ISBN 978 0 500 650486 £7.95

‘As magical and creative as you would hope … pure delight’

ISBN 978 0 500 650783 £7.95

‘A very funny, marvellously philosophical picture book full of acute and humorous observations … each page offers an opportunity for conversation’ Playing by the Book Blog


A beautifully illustrated retelling of Oscar Wilde’s mesmerising tale. For ages 5+. Maisie Paradise Shearring graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 with a First Class Degree in illustration, then gained a Distinction for her MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. This is her first book.

28.0 x 24.5 cm 48pp ISBN 978 0 500 651117 April £10.95 hb

International Award for Illustration 2015

The Happy Prince A Tale by Oscar Wilde Illustrated and adapted by Maisie Paradise Shearring 8

Maisie Paradise Shearring won the International Award for Illustration at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2015, and this beautifully rendered interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale shows why. Shearring’s illustrations offer a fresh and lively take on this much-loved story, which will move and enthral a new generation of children.


A witty and charmingly illustrated bedtime story about a little girl who longs to have a dinosaur of her very own. For ages 3+. Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She is a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine and a scriptwriter for children’s television. Alex Barrow, a London-based illustrator, is the art director for and a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine. He is also the author of A Possum’s Tail, London Calls and A Rollercoaster Ride Around the Body.

26.0 x 24.0 cm 32pp ISBN 978 0 500 650998 February £10.95 hb

If I Had a Dinosaur Gabby Dawnay • Illustrated by Alex Barrow


A little girl dreams of having her very own pet. But what kind of animal would make the best companion? A mouse is too small; a cat is too ordinary; and a fish is too … wet! As she plays with her toy dinosaur, inspiration strikes. What about a real, live dinosaur? She could ride it to school. It would need lots of food to eat, a swimming pool to drink from, and a dino flap so it could come and go. At the end of a day spent busily imagining, the girl trudges up to bed with her little plastic dinosaur. As she falls asleep, the dinosaur from her daydreams stands in the garden with its head poking through the bedroom window, and makes her dreams come true.


See the world through stripes in this dynamic new series from Thames & Hudson. For ages 5+.

Pyjamarama Michaël Leblond and Frédérique Bertrand ‘Come on, it’s time for bed. No more fun and games for you tonight. Sweet dreams!’ ‘Already?! Well, goodnight Dad!’ When the lights go out... my stripy pyjamas are ready to take me on an adventure!

When a little boy puts on his pyjamas and goes to bed, he falls into a fantastical land of swirling stripes, shimmering spots and other strange sights. Come with him on a fabulous trip to the world of Pyjamarama, where everything looks extraordinary … You won’t believe your eyes!

Michaël Leblond is a graphic designer and the author of several illustrated books for children. In 2008 he rediscovered the technique of barrier-grid animation, a form of optical illusion that became the basis of the Pyjamarama books. Frédérique Bertrand is an illustrator and author who has produced more than 30 picture books for children.

12 Each book: 32.0 x 24.0 cm 24pp March £9.95 pb

Pyjamarama: Fever

Pyjamarama: Funfair

Michaël Leblond and Frédérique Bertrand

Michaël Leblond and Frédérique Bertrand

ISBN 978 0 500 651155

ISBN 978 0 500 651254

How the books work Lay the stripy screen on top of each page, and move it slowly from side to side. The multicoloured images will move as if by magic!


Welcome to the wonderful world of Ricetown and the first book in the Ricemonster series! For ages 5+. YiYing Wang came up with the idea for Noodoll while studying for her MA at Central Saint Martins in London. The characters are inspired by her childhood in Taiwan. Noodoll has developed into a line of imaginative products featuring stationery, gifts and soft toys. Their products can be found in The London Graphic Centre, Foyles, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou and over 400 other outlets worldwide.

26.0 x 20.0 cm 48pp ISBN 978 0 500 651025 March ÂŁ9.95 pb

A Day in Ricetown A Ricemonster Colouring and Activity Book Noodoll Studio 14

Paint with Ricetache in his gallery. Visit Ricepapa in his barber shop. Party with all the Ricemonsters for Ricecracker’s birthday!

A mixture of colouring and drawing activities, puzzles and games, this super hands-on activity book is absolutely packed full of fun. It includes eight moveable paper puppets: six cute Ricemonster characters, and two blank puppets for children to decorate themselves. Children can complete pictures around the puppets as they explore the different areas of Ricetown and meet the different Ricemonsters, as well as create new scenes by putting the puppets in die-cut slots, play games and colour in pictures. These books will provide hours of colouring and playing, as well as introducing the world of Ricetown and its endearing set of characters.


An activity book with a contemporary twist, packed with fun art projects for children to make themselves. For ages 8+. Claudia Boldt and Eleanor Meredith are the creators and publishers of The Loop, a quarterly magazine for children. They are both illustrators and they are also the co-founders of Bolt Editions, a publishing house based in East London.

30.0 x 23.1 cm 80pp ISBN 978 0 500 650981 April ÂŁ12.95 pb

Think and Make Like an Artist Art Activities for Creative Kids Claudia Boldt and Eleanor Meredith (The Loop) 16

Think and Make Like an Artist explores how artists find ideas and turn them into finished artworks. First, children discover how artists think, research and experiment, and then they try out art projects for themselves. The book encourages them to set their imaginations free and to respond to clever visual prompts and suggestions, enabling them to create entirely unique artworks. Think and Make Like an Artist covers a wide range of media, from painting and sculpture to costume design and photography, and introduces fresh new creative ideas and practices, giving children the confidence to make their own creative decisions.



Piotr Socha 37.0 x 27.3 cm 72pp ISBN 978 0 500 650950 £16.95 hb

Dr Mike Goldsmith 26.0 x 19.5 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 292273 £8.95 pb

Deborah Kespert 26.0 x 19.5 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 292303 £8.95 pb



My Big Art Show

Deborah Kespert 26.0 x 19.5 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 650431 £12.95 hb

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

Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft 14.0 x 20.4 cm 60pp ISBN 978 0 500 650394 £14.95 box set


The Book of Bees


This Book Thinks You’re a Scientist

Why Is Art Full of Naked People?


Harriet Russell 25.0 x 19.5 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 650813 £8.95 pb

Susie Hodge 26.3 x 19.0 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 650806 £12.95 hb

Isabel Minhós Martins 22.0 x 19.6 cm 28pp ISBN 978 0 500 650776 £8.95 hb

The Big Adventure of a Little Line

The Boy Who Bit Picasso

The Cantankerous Crow

Serge Bloch 26.0 x 20.5 cm 88pp ISBN 978 0 500 650585 £12.95 hb

Antony Penrose 23.0 x 17.0 cm 48pp ISBN 978 0 500 238738 £9.95 hb

Lennart Hellsing 28.6 x 20.8 cm 28pp ISBN 978 0 500 650790 £12.95 hb


The Fairytale Princess

The House That Flew Away

Magritte’s Apple

Su Blackwell 28.7 x 23.5 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 650066 £14.95 hb

Davide Calí and Katarina Sobral 25.5 x 18.5 cm 28pp ISBN 978 0 500 650943 £9.95 hb

Klaas Verplancke 29.8 x 22.8 cm 32pp ISBN 978 0 500 651032 £14.95 hb

The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty


Miró’s Magic Animals

Beatrice Alemagna 30.0 x 22.0 cm 44pp ISBN 978 0 500 650493 £12.95 hb

Cléa Dieudonné 38.0 x 23.0 cm 38pp ISBN 978 0 500 650691 £14.95 hb

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

Mother Fox and Her Cubs

Paris Up, Up and Away

Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away

Amandine Momenceau 32.0 x 23.0 cm 40pp ISBN 978 0 500 650899 £12.95 hb

Hélène Druvert 28.0 x 21.0 cm 36pp ISBN 978 0 500 650592 £14.95 hb

Hélène Druvert 28.0 x 21.0 cm 34pp ISBN 978 0 500 651049 £14.95 hb

The Sleeping Beauty Theatre

A Sea Voyage

That’s My Hat!

Su Blackwell 22.7 x 28.0 cm ISBN 978 0 500 650547 £19.95 hb

Gérard Lo Monaco 16.0 x 26.0 cm 14pp ISBN 978 0 500 650882 £18.95 hb

Anouk Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud 28.0 x 22.0 cm 24pp ISBN 978 0 500 650578 £14.95 board


What’s Hidden in the Sea?

What’s Hidden in the Woods?

Steffie Brocoli and Catherine Bidet 30.5 x 22.0 cm 30pp ISBN 978 0 500 650769 £12.95 hb

Aina Bestard 28.0 x 26.5 cm 24pp ISBN 978 0 500 651001 £12.95 hb

Aina Bestard 28.0 x 26.5 cm 24pp ISBN 978 0 500 650530 £12.95 hb

What’s Up?

Can You Keep a Straight Face?

This or That?

Olivia Cosneau and Bernard Duisit 18.0 x 15.0 cm 16pp ISBN 978 0 500 650929 £8.95 hb

Élisa Géhin and Bernard Duisit 18.0 x 15.0 cm 16pp ISBN 978 0 500 650912 £8.95 hb

Delphine Chedru and Bernard Duisit 18.0 x 15.0 cm 16pp ISBN 978 0 500 650936 £8.95 hb


Through the Forest



How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer

How to Draw Vintage Fashion

Jacky Bahbout 28.0 x 21.0 cm 128pp ISBN 978 0 500 292334 £9.95 pb

Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft 30.0 x 23.0 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 650189 £12.95 pb

Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft 30.0 x 23.0 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 650370 £12.95 pb

Make Art With Your Hands and Feet!

My Stencil Kit

Paper Zoo

Jacky Bahbout and Momoko Kudo 24.0 x 34.0 cm 64pp ISBN 978 0 500 650387 £8.95 pb

Hervé Tullet 34.3 x 24.6 cm 68pp ISBN 978 0 500 650752 £14.95 pb

Oscar Sabini 22.5 x 30.0 cm 20pp ISBN 978 0 500 650509 £14.95 hb



Stories, nature kits, art pads and more for mini scientists everywhere!

Come back bees!

Volcanic panic

Sandwiches in space

23.0 x 21.0 cm 24pp ISBN 978 0 500 650837 £5.95 pb

23.0 x 21.0 cm 24pp ISBN 978 0 500 650844 £5.95 pb

23.0 x 21.0 cm 26pp ISBN 978 0 500 650622 £5.95 pb

Exploding ice cream!

The magic raindrops

The caterpillar mystery

23.0 x 21.0 cm 26pp ISBN 978 0 500 650646 £5.95 hb

23.0 x 21.0 cm 26pp ISBN 978 0 500 650639 £5.95 pb

23.0 x 21.0 cm 24pp ISBN 978 0 500 650721 £5.95 pb

Diving for treasure

All about me

Let’s explore with Messy

23.0 x 21.0 cm 24pp ISBN 978 0 500 650714 £5.95 pb

23.0 x 16.4 cm 16pp ISBN 978 0 500 650745 £5.95 pb

23.0 x 16.4 cm 20pp ISBN 978 0 500 650615 £5.95 pb


Messy’s Doodle and do

Messy’s Doodle and do Adventure

My Messy sticker book

29.7 x 21.0 cm 48pp ISBN 978 0 500 650608 £5.95 pb

29.7 x 21.0 cm 48pp ISBN 978 0 500 650707 £5.95 pb

23.0 x 21.0 cm 12pp ISBN 978 0 500 650738 £5.95 pb

My head-to-toe body book

My big world

My animal book

32.0 x 23.8 cm 64pp ISBN 978 0 500 650004 £12.95 hb

32.0 x 23.8 cm 64pp ISBN 978 0 500 650165 £12.95 hb

32.0 x 23.8 cm 64pp ISBN 978 0 500 650240 £12.95 hb




How things work

Let’s play a game

What’s inside?

32.0 x 23.5 cm 64pp ISBN 978 0 500 650448 £12.95 hb

All you need to play six board games 32.0 x 24.0 cm 3 boards, 6 counters, 1 spinner ISBN 978 0 500 650400 £14.95 inc VAT boxed

29.7 x 21.0 cm 96pp ISBN 978 0 500 650196 £12.95 hb

Colour me in! 23.0 x 23.0 cm 128pp ISBN 978 0 500 650172 £8.95 pb

Index A Day in Ricetown 14–15 ABC off to Sea! 5 Barrow, Alex 10–11 Baur, Becky 4 Bertrand, Frédérique 12–13 The Big Book of Beasts 2–3 Boldt, Claudia 16 Dawnay, Gabby 10–11 Dotty’s First Book 4 The Happy Prince 8–9 If I Had a Dinosaur 10–11 Leblond, Michaël 12–13 Meredith, Eleanor 16 Morgand, Virginie 5 Noodoll Studio 14–15 Pyjamarama Fever 12 Pyjamarama Funfair 12 Pyjamarama series 12–13 Shearring, Maisie Paradise 8–9 Taylor, Barbara 2–3 Think and Make Like an Artist 16 What Happens Next? 6–7


Yoshitake, Shinsuke 6–7 Zommer, Yuval 2–3

Picture Credits and Acknowledgments Illustrations on this page, p.1 and p.24 taken from A Day in Ricetown (see p.14). Special thanks to Lola Arguden for demonstrating Pyjamarama (p.13) and A Day in Ricetown (p.15) with such aplomb.

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Featuring: The Big Book of Beasts Dotty’s First Book ABC off to Sea! What Happens Next? The Happy Prince If I Had a Dinosaur Pyjamarama series A Day in Ricetown Think and Make Like an Artist

Thames & Hudson Spring 2017 Children's Catalogue  
Thames & Hudson Spring 2017 Children's Catalogue