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The best picturebooks of 2013

Our month by month round-up of the best new books this year


Posted: 7 March 2013
by Alex Lloyd


The Tiny King by Taro Miura A minuscule monarch leads a lonely existence until he meets the Big Princess.
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October

Fairytale meets bold design in The Tiny King by Taro Miura (Walker, £12.99). Living in a big castle with a big bed, the minuscule monarch leads a lonely existence – until he meets the Big Princess and they fill his palace with ten babies. A frightful feast awaits in Spider Sandwiches (Bloomsbury, £10.99), where author Claire Freedman invites you to tea with monstrous Max. From fish-eye cheese to bug-burgers, he’ll eat anything creepy and crawly. If you’re feeling squeamish, try Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury, £10.99) instead. In this wintry adventure, Herman is invited to stay with pal Henry, who has moved away and sends letters of his exciting new life. Herman wants to be part of it too – but will he arrive before he needs to hibernate? There are warmer climes in The Rules Of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hodder, £12.99), but life is not always happy for the two boys whose lives the book follows.

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