The best picturebooks of 2013
Our month by month round-up of the best new books this year
Oliver likes solitude, and his best friends are puppets and stuffed animals. In Oliver by Birgitta Sif (Walker, £6.99) he uses his vivid imagination to go on amazing adventures. But when a tennis ball rolls into next door’s garden, he discovers that a child sometimes needs companions other than toys. The heartbreaking true story of the first dog in space is given a new happy ending in Owen Davey’s Laika The Astronaut (Templar, £12.99). When homeless stray Laika is blasted into orbit, she is believed to be lost forever. But after being rescued by a new owner, she finds a new home on a distant planet. In Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Wizard’s Whisper by Kristina Stephenson (Egmont, £10.99), our legendary knight embarks on his most fearsome quest yet. As he ventures through a spooky wood towards a deep, dark cave, can he fend off the ogres, pirates and scallywags determined to thwart his brave mission?
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