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A TOPPSTA READER REVIEWS FIVE OF WALKER’S PICTURE BOOKS

20th November 2018

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Our very own Toppsta reviewer, Katie, read five of Walker’s new picture books with her 5-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son. Here’s what she had to say about them:

Follow the Track All the Way Back
I read this story to my 5yr old and my baby. We thought it was a lovely story about finding your way back home, no matter where you are. My daughter said that [the] little train was brave going out on his own, and she was glad that he got home at the end. We enjoyed the detailed illustrations.

His Royal Tinyness
We thought this book was funny. My daughter has recently become a big sister, so we could relate. My daughter liked the illustrations, she took her time looking at them, they were very detailed and brought the story to life. We have read it quite a few times now, and some things in the book she would point out that we say, such as saying well done if her baby brother burps. 

Time Now to Dream
The illustrations were lovely, and you could tell it was the same illustrator for 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. It’s a nice, simple story. We liked that the wolf in this story wasn't the big bad wolf!


The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse 
The story was a bit like a fairy tale, with a bad wolf that eats animals, a hunter, and a happy ending. My daughter found it silly that animals lived inside the wolf’s tummy, as she's old enough to know that wouldn't happen. She did find what they got up to inside the wolf's tummy funny though!

I Want to Be in a Scary Story
My 5yr old read this to me, only needing help with a few words. She enjoyed reading it as it was Halloween, but it’s a book you can read anytime of the year. My daughter was excited to see what was happening next and tried to guess. For example, little monster comes to a door, so before we turned the page, she would say what she thought was behind it. She enjoyed looking at the illustrations, and liked the fact that the little monster didn't want to be in a 'very' scary story. 

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Follow the Track All the Way Back

Little Train is going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! But before he goes, his mummy and daddy remind him: "When it's time to come home, no matter how far you are, just follow the track all the way back, where we'll be waiting." So Little Train heads off into the unknown with a clickety-clack... But, when night falls and the track runs out, will he remember what to do?

Taking its place beside the classic The Little Engine That Could, young readers will share Little Train's trepidation and excitement in this uplifting and extraordinary read-aloud adventure, and rejoice in the gorgeously atmospheric artwork of illustrator Ben Mantle.

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His Royal Tinyness: A Terrible True Story

Once upon a time there was a happy family. Until one horrible no good day when a new ruler was born...

Marianna, the most beautiful, ever so kindest princess, lives happily with her mum, dad and gerbil. Happy, that is, until the new baby comes along. His Royal Highness King Baby is so smelly. He's so noisy. And all the talk in the Land is about him - non-stop. ALL THE TIME! Has there ever been such a time of wicked rule?!

New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones' hilarious narrative voice is brought exquisitely to life by David Roberts, illustrator of Ada Twist, Scientist, in this home-grown fairy tale about a little girl with a new baby brother.

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Time Now to Dream

"What's that noise?" said Jack. "It's coming from the forest," said Alice. "Let's go and see!"

From Helen Oxenbury, the illustrator of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, and Timothy Knapman, the author of Soon, comes the story of a brother and sister, and their adventure in the woods. When Alice and Jack are out playing, they hear a strange noise. Alice wants to know what it is, but Jack is afraid. He thinks it might be the Wicked Wolf with big, bad claws and snap-trap jaws. But Alice takes his hand and they follow the noise, right into the heart of the forest... Just what will they discover there?

Timothy Knapman's powerful, atmospheric narration alongside Helen Oxenbury's spectacular illustrations skilfully convey Jack's growing fear and Alice's curious excitement, all the while building toward the reveal of that mysterious sound...

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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

They may have been swallowed, but they have no intention of being eaten...

When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it's pretty nice inside the belly of the beast - there's delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing. And there's something more: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! Life's not so bad, considering the alternatives. That is, until a hunter shows up...

With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn and Triangle, offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.

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I Want to Be in a Scary Story

From the team behind the acclaimed Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise comes a very scary read-aloud story ... or is it? Monster wants to be in a scary story - but is he brave enough? Scary stories have creepy witches and creaky stairs and dark hallways and spooky shadows... Oh my goodness me! That is very scary. Maybe a funny story would be better after all? Brilliantly interactive, children will delight in the wickedly funny turns-of-the-page, see themselves in the goofy, unconventional monster, and revel in the bold, hilarious illustration of celebrated graphic artist, Jean Jullien.

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