7 of the best children’s books from Flying Eye Books
by Helen Baron
Wild Animals of the North
An amazing illustrated encyclopedia of the wildlife of the northern hemisphere, from America in the West to the easternmost reaches of Asia. Here you’ll find polar bears, roe deer, lobsters and butterflies depicted in a fierce, subtly geometric style with oodles of atmosphere and character – plus all the knowledge you need to ignite a naturalist fire in your little ones.
Marcel is a French bulldog who lives in New York City with his adoring (and adored) human. Marcel loves his cosmopolitan life with all its familiar routines – so he’s perturbed when a new human enters the picture (quite literally). A whip-smart and humorously modern tale about building new relationships – with a charming new protagonist who’s sure to become a bookshelf favourite.
My Dad Used to Be So Cool
Follow the narrator as he outlines the evidence that his dad – who is generally so normal and unhip – used to be cool. Inspired by the curiosity many modern kids must feel about their parents’ colourful former lives (the tattoos! drums in the cupboard under the stairs!), Keith Negley’s vibrant, angular illustrations deftly reimagine everyday parental pursuits as the frolics of a rock star.
Smart About Sharks
Shark facts: possibly the two most gripping words in existence. Is there anyone who doesn’t want to know everything they possibly can about the oceans’ most terrifying and fascinating family of fish? Which means everyone will enjoy this artfully written book and its treasure trove of naturalistic yet playful illustrations.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Designed to alert kids to the richness and texture of the sounds that surround them in everyday life, this book is not just educationally inspired; it’s cleverly designed to render those same aural experiences in visual form. It’s also written with a knack for crisp, clear description that’s sure to help many a little one develop their writerly talents.
The Wolves of Carrumpaw
A real beauty, this: the story of a wolf pack roaming the eponymous valley in New Mexico way back in 1892. When a British naturalist with a specialist knowledge of wolves is hired by cattle-ranchers to trap the head of the pack, a compelling story unfolds – a story with much to say about our stewardship of the natural world. Created entirely in colour pencil, the illustrations are nothing short of stunning.
Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)
Another outing for Keith Negley’s signature brand of sharp-edged illustrations and clever, pop-culture-referencing meditations on modern life. This time around, it’s tough guys of all stripes who get the treatment, as Negley shows us ninjas, bikers, superheroes and more shedding tears and showing their feelings. Light-hearted and warm-hearted, just the way we like it.