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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

Jo-Jo The Melon Donkey by Michael Morpungo Donkey Jo-Jo is an unlikely hero in this Venice-set tale.
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The romantic streets of Venice are the setting for Michael Morpurgo’s delightful Jo-Jo The Melon Donkey (Egmont, £10.99). Forced to carry heavy melons all day, plagued by flies and bullied by his master, Jo-Jo is loved by nobody until he wins the heart of the Doge’s daughter – and saves his favourite city. The vibrant works of Vincent Van Gogh are brought to life in the return of James Mayhew’s Katie. The artist’s stars are so beautiful that Katie can’t resist reaching in and taking one in Katie And The Starry Night (Orchard, £6.99). What will she do when all the others come tumbling down too? All sorts of terrible scenarios plague Ruby when her parents bring home baby Leon from hospital. Will he take her toys and turn her into a tiny mouse? But when Leon reaches out for her hand in Ruby’s Baby Brother by Kathryn White (Barefoot, £10.99), she turns her thoughts to all the adventures they can have together.

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