Megalopolis And The Visitor From Outer Space by Cléa Dieudonné (£14.95, Thames and Hudson)
In terms of both invention and design, Megalopolis And The Visitor From Outer Space is incomparable. This outstanding creation is the work of debut French illustrator and designer Cléa Dieudonné. It’s a vertical story that measures three metres long and necessitates clearing a large space in order to completely unfold and enjoy every inch of the high-detailed geometric artwork.
The reason for the unusual format? Well Megalopolis is tallest city in the world of course! And it’s so spectacular that a visitor from outer space has come to take a look and discover the wonders of the city. The high level of detail in every inch of the page means that you can spend hours pouring over each expanse of the city, and there’s even a key at the back of the book with a list of things for eagle-eyed children to enjoy spotting.
I Am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz (£11.99, Walker)
Clearly not just for children – Ricky Gervais is an enthusiastic fan – I Am Bear is an introduction to a mischievous purple bear who wears a furry zip-up onesie and has a talent for causing trouble wherever he goes. Written by actor, rapper and comedian Ben Bailey Smith, the brother of award-winning novelist Zadie Smith, it’s a rhyming, rap-style picture book which is just as bold in subject matter as it is in appearance. Cartoonishly and colourfully illustrated by Sav Akyüz, it’s the perfect picture book to introduce your child to the magic of books and reading.
For added fun make sure to visit iambearbook.com to watch Bear in action while Ben Bailey raps along. Undoubtedly it will become one of those few books that your child will love reciting off by heart and relish reading aloud at bedtime with you.
Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure by Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman (£14.99, Flying Eye)
Brace yourself for a one-of-a-kind journey through physics with the inimitable Professor Astro Cat. This striking illustrative book attempts to investigate the laws of the universe and the fundamental rules that describe the nature of our world, showing children how physics are a very important part of our every day lives. With chapters on subjects including gravity, atoms and electricity, Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure is masterful at taking tricky topics and simplifying them into bite-sized, easily understandable chunks.
Ideal for children aged 7 and older, it’s a fact-filled, engagingly written science book that encourages children to perform experiments and collect scientific findings to put their new knowledge into practice. A great way to bolster their studies, the visual element will help to engage more creative children yet to fall in love with science.
Mr. Men Adventure With Dinosaurs and Mr. Men Adventure in Egypt by Adam Hargreaves (£4.99 each, Egmont)
Fans of iconic children’s book series Mr. Men rejoice as there are two more wonderful stories to add to your collection, Mr. Men Adventure With Dinosaurs and Mr. Men Adventure in Egypt. Written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, son of Roger who devised the original concept, these two books see much-loved characters such as Mr Bump and Little Miss Naughty escape to famous historical settings.
A lovely combination of fiction and fact, these humorous short stories capitalise on the magic of Mr. Men, whilst enabling children to learn more sophisticated vocabulary and fun historical facts. Ideal for curious preschoolers, these charming stories will soon be followed by Mr. Men Adventures With Knights and Mr. Men Adventures With Pirates in July 2016.
Miró’s Magic Animals by Antony Penrose (£9.95, Thames & Hudson)
The bestselling author of The Boy Who Bit Picasso is back with another inventive art-infused romp for primary school children, Miró's Magic Animals. Antony Penrose retells his childhood experience of meeting the famous Surrealist artist, who was a personal friend of his artistic parents, Roland Penrose and photographer Lee Miller. The author vividly juxtaposes Miró’s paintings with his own childhood memories, while also inviting young reader’s to find and think about various objects in each painting.
With wonderful insights into the imaginative mind of one of the most celebrated Spanish painters and sculptors of the twentieth century, Miró's Magic Animals is a brilliant introduction to Surrealist art and the unique childlike world of Joan Miró. Filled with specially commissioned Miró-inspired artworks by children, why not challenge your little artist to have a go herself at devising her own odd and unusual animals once you've read the book together?