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This is a comic story about what happens when you fail to empathise. Professor Dupont has ten cockatoos in his conservatory and greets them in exactly the same way every morning.
A nameless girl passes helplessly through many dark moments, yet ultimately finds something hopeful at the end of her journey. This is a really unusual children's book: it focuses on dark experiences of loneliness, loss, dislocation, fear, alienation, using metaphorical images to convey them.
The Octonauts are a team of undersea animal explorers in search of adventure, but always at the ready to help other sea creatures. One day they encounter a fish that is constantly frowning.
Mog is a family cat - not very smart but very loveable. Out in the dark garden one night her head fills with fears, and her vivid imagination sets off some wild, even frightening, dreams.
In a city full of bustling strangers, only young Will notices a bird lying wounded on the paverment. With his mum's help, he takes it home and nurtures it back to health.
This is a dark book about revenge against authoritarian education from the usually gentle John Burningham. Every day when John Patrick Norman McHennessy sets out for school he gets caught up in extraordinary events with lions and crocodiles and tidal waves, so arrives late and bedraggled.
When I first read this children’s book, I was desperate to give it to everyone I knew- first my flatmate, then my parents. In fact, I wanted to have kids so I could share it with them about ten years later (it‘s still waiting patiently on my shelf for that moment).
When I was about twelve years old, me and the other gay kid in my class used to hide in the library. This was partly because he got beaten up a lot and partly so we could photocopy pictures of the movie idols we unfashionably adored at a time when everyone else was into Take That.
Truth and Beauty is lifted above most memoirs by Ann Patchett’s unselfishness; she is writing a book that tells her own story, but frequently steps aside to offer the full spotlight to her friend, the magical, difficult Lucy Grealy, author of ‘Autobiography of a Face.’ Lucy Grealy, who died at th
‘Dear Joe, your wild noisy huge brother/is dead. I couldn’t do what my parents did/bring two boys, four years apart, through the maze.’