CHILDREN'S

CHILDREN’S

DON’T ASK THE DRAGON by Lemn Sissay Illustrated by Greg Stobbs (Canongate £6.99, 32 pp)

DON’T ASK THE DRAGON

by Lemn Sissay Illustrated by Greg Stobbs (Canongate £6.99, 32 pp)

Award-winning poet and writer Lemn Sissay teams up with street artist Stobbs to create this heartwarming story of young Alem, alone and lost on his birthday. He asks a succession of creatures where he should go — only to receive the same reply ‘I don’t know!’

But each also issues a warning not to ask the Dragon, who will surely eat him.

Then, with a surprising twist in the dragon’s tail, Alem discovers that you can create a home and safe space wherever you are, in this beautifully drawn adventure.

YES YOU CAN, COW

by Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrated by Rikin Parekh (Faber £6.99, 32 pp)

A perfect read-aloud story to build confidence in young children, this imagines the cast of the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle putting on a performance, but Cow is too scared to jump over the moon.

The director’s patience wears thin until gentle encouragement and an understanding that nothing goes right first time boosts the reluctant thespian’s courage.

MY MUM IS A LIONESS by Swapna Haddow Illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Macmillan £7.99, 32 pp)

An important life lesson dressed up in pantomime fun.

MY MUM IS A LIONESS

by Swapna Haddow Illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Macmillan £7.99, 32 pp)

After the success of My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear, this writer/artist duo return with a fiercely funny portrait of a small child’s vision of his mother as a lioness who can pounce at any time, hunts for food, roars at school plays and licks her cub’s wounds.

But best of all are her human hugs at the end of the day. A wildly imaginative celebration of maternal love.

RITA WANTS A NINJA by Maire Zepf Illustrated by Mr Ando (Graffeg £7.99, 36 pp)

RITA WANTS A NINJA

by Maire Zepf Illustrated by Mr Ando (Graffeg £7.99, 36 pp)

The indomitable Rita returns in this empowering journey in which she wishes for a Ninja to help her play hide-and-seek.

Ninjas are silent, fast and invisible, so Rita could stay hidden until she wanted to be found and learn martial arts to make her invincible.

But be careful what you wish for … there’s a downside to Ninjas too. The fabulous illustrations (look for hidden Rita) perfectly complement the emotional underpinning — this series is a treat.

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