Children’s illustrated books

I still find myself eyeing up children’s books even although there are no wee ones in our family now, and sometimes I just have to add a few more to my collection. My most recent purchases have been:

Wenceslas cover

WENCESLAS by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Christian Birmingham. It’s obviously just a re-telling of the traditional Good King Wenceslas fairy tale but the illustrations are lovely and give a real sense of the falling snow. You can see for yourself here and can also see some of the other books he has illustrated, more for me to look out for!

And another book I bought recently is:

Minou cover

Minou – it’s a book about a cat called Minou whose ‘owner’ dies, so Minou ends up on the streets having to learn how to fend for herself. Minou lives in Paris and it was really the beautiful illustrations of Paris that attracted me to the book, but the story is a way of teaching little girls to be independent and confident, to rely on themselves. It was written by Mindy Bingham and illustrated by Itoko Maeno. You can see some illustrations here.

Some people on the internet are trying to sell this book for silly money – such as £88 but I bought a perfect copy (1st edition) for all of £3.

6 thoughts on “Children’s illustrated books

  1. Thanks for these reviews and the links to the gorgeous illustrations. I will definitely be keeping my eyes open when I’m used book shopping. More than anything else that I miss about raising my children, I miss reading children’s books. Thankfully, the grandchildren are giving me the chance to do that again!


    • Paula,
      I really miss having wee ones to read to, I have absolutely no excuse for mooching around the children’s book sections in second-hand bookshops (there are never enough of them) – it’s just a pleasure I’m not going to deny myself!

  2. I have the delightful opportunity to buy books for my three little grandnieces. The illustrations are what attract me first, then the story. Minou looks like it would be perfect for them, especially the one with three cats!

    • Joan,
      Those girls are so lucky to have you. I think that Minou would be ideal for them. Wow they have three cats – I’d rather have had another child!

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