Beautiful Books to Keep Throughout Your Life | #BookBreak


Welcome back to Book Break. I’m here today in Tales of Moon Lane, which
is this absolutely gorgeous children’s bookshop in Herne Hill. I’ve made a new friend here, this is Hugless
Douglas, and I’m going to talk to you in this video about the beautiful illustrated books
that you will want to keep throughout your life. Some of them you might remember from your
own childhood, and some of them you might want to buy for the young people in your life
now, or even just for your own collection because they’re so gorgeous. So I’m going to go roughly chronologically
through these books, starting with the ones that made me feel so nostalgic, that I remember
reading or having read to me as a child, building up to some of the fantastic new ones. So starting with a really lovely colourful
classic, Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. So this one made me feel so nostalgic. This is about a little bunny going to sleep
and saying good night to everything in his room. And it’s just got such gorgeous, bold use
of colour, lovely rhyming, all the way through to this beautiful, gorgeous, sleepy last page,
which was the only page I realised I actually didn’t recognise, and I guess you probably
never saw it as a child because we had all already fallen asleep by that point. Next, another favourite from my childhood,
Where the Wild Things Are, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. So this one is about a young boy called Max,
who is sent to bed with no supper, and his room then transforms into this whole other
world, and he ends up sailing off to this island, where he meets the wild things. And these are just, it’s such an imaginative
story, these amazing drawings of these weird and wonderful creatures, it’s like being inside
a dream. And I absolutely loved, Max is always wearing
this little wolf suit, I wanted one just like it. It is no surprise this book has been so beloved
through the years. And then of course, there’s The Tiger Who
Came to Tea, written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. So this is about a little girl called Sophie,
who’s having tea with her mother in the kitchen when the doorbell rings, and it’s a tiger. A very kind tiger, but who eats all the food
and drink in the house. And again, these images have just so stuck
with me through the years. Particularly– they’re so much fun, look. Particularly this one of Sophie hugging the
tiger. I think it would probably actually be very
dangerous for me to meet a tiger in the wild, because my impression of tigers is they’re
all like this one. And another one that really reminds me of
falling asleep as a child is Peace at Last, written and illustrated by Jill Murphy. So this one is about Mr Bear, trying to find
some peace and quiet so he can go to sleep. But all of the rooms in his house are too
noisy, in his bedroom his wife is snoring, in the living room the cuckoo clock is going
off, so he just goes through all the different rooms in the house, even out into the garden,
just to try and find some peace and quiet. And in this one, it’s the fact that he can’t
get to sleep I remember just sending me to sleep so much as a child, and there he is
at the end finding some peace at last. Now Dear Zoo, written and illustrated by Rod
Campbell, this is one of the early lift the flap books. So this is all about trying to find the perfect
pet from the zoo, and each page has a crate that you can open and find out what animal
is underneath, and why it’s not quite right as a pet. So it’s really hands on and interactive, a
lot of fun guessing what animal is going to appear under each flap. Until of course, you get the perfect animal
right at the end. And one of the most beloved picture books
is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. So this is about a little mouse who manages
to survive in the woods against snakes and foxes and owls and even a Gruffalo, who is
this wonderfully imaginative creature with terrible claws and knobbly knees, and purple
prickles all down his back, and even now you will still find so many Gruffalo toys and
clothes, and there’s a film, and a stage play, all because of how wonderfully Julia Donaldson
and Axel Scheffler brought this strange and wonderful creature to life. And now for some more recent books that are
bound to go on to become classics, starting with Little Red by Bethan Woollvin. I absolutely love this one, it’s this really
dark, funny retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I absolutely love this illustration here of
the girl rolling her eyes at the bad wolf’s disguise. She’s not quite as easily fooled as the girl
in the original, this one, and I just love the illustrations throughout this. They’re all black, white and red, really bold. And Bethan Woollvin has gone on to write quite
a few retellings of fairy tales, and she’s got a book coming out later this year called
I Can Catch a Monster which is a really fun adventure story. Tidy, written and illustrated by Emily Gravatt,
is such a funny little story about a badger who gets obsessed with tidying up the forest
where he lives. So it starts with just picking up a few stray
leaves, and then turns into digging up all the trees, and eventually he has to realise
maybe things were better the way they were. And again, I just love these illustrations,
I particularly love all his little facial expressions, they’re so well drawn. And Emily Gravatt has another book coming
out later this year called Too Much Stuff, which has a lot of the same characters and
the same setting, but this time introduces two magpies, who can’t stop hoarding useful
stuff for their nest, so I can’t wait to see how gorgeous and funny those illustrations
are going to be as well. And another of my favourites is Aalfred and
Aalbert: A Love Story, written and illustrated by Morag Hood, which is such a sweet little
story about these two aardvarks, called Aalfred and Aalbert, who live next door but have never
met each other, and the little bird who tries to match-make them. And I love this style of illustration, it
is so simple and colourful, but manages to paint such a rich world. I love all the little details, like this little
bird’s really cross face when his plans keep getting foiled. I will just collect everything that Morag
Hood creates, because these are just so beautiful. Now the next one is for slightly older children
than the other books mentioned in this video, but this is definitely one to keep throughout
your life, and that is Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, written and illustrated by David
Roberts. And this is this really informative history
of the suffragettes, with these gorgeous illustrations throughout to bring this story to life. There is just so much going on in these pictures,
and I really love how well researched this book is, it goes beyond the stereotypes of
suffragettes to include working class women, and also to tell diverse stories from around
the world. And then back to books for younger readers,
I’ve got here Animalphabet, written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sharon King-Chai,
which is just one of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever laid by hands on. It’s an alphabet of animals that encourages
you to guess as you go along, and it gives you clues as you go through the alphabet,
like ‘Who is prettier than an ant?’ and you get a little peephole here with a clue of
what’s coming next, and the answer is a butterfly. And the illustrations in this are just so
beautiful, and it’s such a hands on, interactive book. This one is just already a classic. And Sharon King-Chai then went on to write
and illustrate her next book Starbird, with the same, absolutely beautiful illustration
style. So this time it’s this fable about a magical
starbird, escaping the clutches of the Moon King who has him in a cage. And so by day we see him journeying through
the world, and by night he hides in these gorgeous night time scenes, where you have
to find the bird hidden in these silhouettes. And it’s got this beautiful use of foil throughout,
so the whole book just shimmers. Particularly my favourite is this final page
with the night sky, just full of stars, it’s absolutely magical. And then finally, A Hat for Mr Mountain by
Soojin Kwak. This is about a little girl called Nara who
makes hats for all the animals, until one day Mr Mountain says that he wants a hat to
protect him from the winter snow. So she has to try all these different materials,
because her woolly hat just shrinks in the rain, her hat made of leaves doesn’t work
because the animals just keep nibbling at it, and one of my favourite things about this
book is, again, the illustrations, just how fun and busy they are, there are so many details
on every page, that you can just keep returning to throughout your childhood. And even as an adult, I keep staring at it
and noticing new fun little details. So do leave us a comment and let us know which
are the illustrated books that you have kept throughout your life, we’d love to know some
of your favourites. And of course do give this video a thumbs
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every week, coming up next week we’ve got a video on the classics that you never knew
were so funny. See you next time.

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