Category Archives: books


February 4, 2013

I saw my favourite illustrator – Oliver Jeffers yesterday (at totsaplalooza) – he was drawing/telling his wonderful stories to kids of all ages. I felt like I was a kid again. His hand was dancing as he drew his figures and wrote his words.

I asked my son about his favourite moment from the afternoon and he said it was eating a cupcake, eating fruit salad, eating cookies, eating carrots + dip and oh yes — the picture drawing that were on the big t.v.

totzaplalooza, Oliver Jeffers

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The Red Shoes

January 2, 2012

Wishing you all a wonderful new year  …  wouldn’t some new shoes to start the year off be nice? Here’s a favourite book of mine: The Red Shoes (2008 AMMO Books). A magical world of beautiful shoes, ornament and fashion illustrated by Sun Young Yoo with story by Gloria Fowler.


Abbott Christmas Book

December 20, 2011

I found this book in a box that was labeled “free” on someone’s lawn earlier this year. I thought it was such a find! — it’s  a collection of holiday stories, music, poetry and art that was published in the 1960’s. It’s got some crafty illustrations and short amusing stories. Have a look.


Top 5 fav children’s books

May 1, 2011


I really love collecting illustrated children’s books and really enjoy the bedtime reading with my toddler as much as he does. There are so many great illustrators out there bringing small little moments of delight through their drawings. These are my top 5 – great to start reading with your toddler and continue into preschool years. The illustrations are a delight to look at and you will always notice a new detail each time you go through the book.
  1. Iggy Peck, Architect
  2. Lost and Found, The Way back home, How to catch a star
  3. 365 Pengiuns
  4. Book of Cities
  5. Clang, Clang, Beep! Beep! Listen to the City

1. Iggy Peck,  Architect
Andrea Beatty (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator)

A story about a young boy who just loved to build things- from a diaper of towers when he was 2 to an arch made of pancakes.  He reaches 2nd grade and is forced to give it all up when his teacher hates all buildings of any sort. What is poor Iggy to do.

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2.  Lost and FoundThe Way back home, How to catch a star
Oliver Jeffers (Author)

We love the illustrations and the stories.  I could read these books over and over again. A favourite -favourite of all time. Here’s a trailer for a animated version of Lost and Found created by studio aka. Here’s a youtube video interview of the illustrator.


Oliver Jeffers – How to catch a star


Fromental/dp/081094460X”>365 Pengiuns
Jean-Luc Fromental (Author), Joelle Jolivet (Illustrator)

Each day an annonymous package arrives with a penguin in it until at the end of the year there are 365 penguins in the house. Read about the hilarious days as they try to keep the penguins fed, organized and busy through the days. An oversized book with great simple illustrations with lots of action and penguins.

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4. Book of Cities
Piero Ventura (Author)

Wonderfully simple detailed illustrations of some of the most well-known cities in the world. It shows many ways how people live, work, travel in a city.

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5. Clang, Clang, Beep! Beep! Listen to the City
Robert Burleigh (Author), Bieppe Giacobbe (Illustrator)

Graphic pictures with lots of bustling activity and words you will enjoy sounding with your little one.



Il n’est jamais trop tard

April 19, 2011

I’m soooo looking forward to adding this book to our bedtime reading line-up. It came in the mail just the other day. (yes, I bought it for myself with the excuse that my son would really like it.)  I  read about this book on one of my favourite blogs here alittle while back.


I love the magical world Camilla Engman creates with her illustrations. It is now readily available on in french.

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