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Highly subjective favourite books for boys and art teachers

V. Brennan "monkeylugs"
 
Each Peach Pear Plum (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)
Each Peach Pear Plum (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)
"or Each Peach Pear BUM as we call it! We love the geography of the place as well. This book stands as ambassador for all the Janet and Allan Alhberg books."
The Little Red Train: The Runaway Train (Adventures of the Little Red Train)
The Little Red Train: The Runaway Train (Adventures of the Little Red Train)
"The whole of Little Red Train series is lovely if very implausible. Duffy should really be brought to trial for endangering the lives of his passengers."
Harvey the Gardener
Harvey the Gardener
"A beaver living in a house? Planting beans? Well, they do make dams and canals half a kilometre long so why not?"
The Eleventh Hour
The Eleventh Hour
"A bit badly illustrated for me, but the little one loves it. Calls it 'The Stinky Book' as my husband says our copy smells funny."
Anno's Journey
Anno's Journey
"Just gorgeous."
Wonder Bear
Wonder Bear
"I put this one down more for me than the small fat one. Well-produced if a tad hippyish and airy fairy."
Meg and Mog
Meg and Mog
"Neat, witty and full of pure joy."
Wendel's Workshop
Wendel's Workshop
"Bonkers. Wendell lives in his own little world. Then he makes Clunk. Things don't go according to plan..."
You Choose!: Sticker Frieze
You Choose!: Sticker Frieze
"I would like to ride on a dinosaur and have a smelly uncle for a relative and eat jelly all the time."
Ask Me
Ask Me
"I bought a copy of this in Italian this year and need to translate so my husband can read it with the small fat one."
Monkey Do!
Monkey Do!
"Getting late, sun is low, bye bye kitten, time to go. Not all of Allan Ahlberg's solo books are as classy as this one."
Slinky Malinki
Slinky Malinki
"The toddler often thinks he is a cat. This book is certainly to blame. As long as he doesn't start stealing stuff."
To the Depths of the Ocean (Incredible Journey)
To the Depths of the Ocean (Incredible Journey)
"He's also obsessed with fish so this one struck home. What's an eelpout? Vampire squid?"
One Year With Kipper
One Year With Kipper
"I love the image of Kipper and Tiger huffing in cold winter air."
Ethel & Ernest
Ethel & Ernest
"I could have included The Snowman on the list but that would be obvious! This one's not for children. Will make adults cry."
The Little House by the Sea (Red Fox picture books)
The Little House by the Sea (Red Fox picture books)
"Can only get this second hand but HIGHLY recommended. 'Sneaky cheeky cat hiding'. Find the animals."
Spy's Guidebook
Spy's Guidebook
"For when he's older."