United UK1 EuroLib Book PresentationKingdom Book No UK1 Country UK Name of Book Piggybook Name of Book (EN) Piggybook Author m/f Anthony Browne, m Illustrator m/f Anthony Browne, m Published Walker Books 1986 Language English No of Pages 32 Cost in Euro 6.68 € Story summary A book with surprising and surreal illustrations. It describes the way woman are treated in some families. Hidden in the illustrations are little pigs, can you find them? Review How could there be happiness in a family where the mother is overwhelmed by cooking, serving meals, ironing, cleaning, receiving orders by her husband and sons and also going to work outside every day? Mr Piggott and his two boys show no respect for Mrs. Piggott and take for granted the continuous service that she silently offers every moment of her life, cooking, ironing, cleaning, and working at a job, every day? Then something happens that changes everyone’s behavior. Mrs. Piggott leaves the house. For the father and the boys a new experience begins without a servant who cares for all their needs, one of difficulties and despair. Soon the house is like a pig-sty, inhabited by pigs. Then Mrs. Piggott comes back, the family embarks on a completely different and joyful lifestyle that respects Mrs Piggott. About the author Anthony Browne is an internationally recognized British author and illustrator of childrens books, with more than forty titles to his name. In 2009 he was appointed the sixth Childrens Laureate and his books have received many distinctions. In 2000 he received the highest international honour for illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his services to childrens literature. His work is exhibited widely in London, Paris, the far East, the US and Mexico. Subject Contemporary story Subject Family relationship, respect, gender roles and equality, lifestyle. description
United UK2 EuroLib Book PresentationKingdom Book No UK2 Country UK Name of Book What do people do Name of Book (EN) What do people do all day? all day? Author m/f Richard Scarry, m Illustrator m/f Richard Scarry, m Published HarperCollins 1968 Language English No of Pages 62 Cost in Euro 11.13 € Story summary An animated and illustrated description of many, many jobs. Children all over the word have enjoyed this book for decades. The images and the text are very captivating and funny. Review This is a very detailed book that children love to have in their hands for hours. It is full of exciting details and hundreds of illustrations. All the jobs are performed by humanistic animals are given human characteristics and do many different jobs: a lion is a doctor at the hospital, Captain Salty is a cat and his crew includes dogs and mice, an octopus is a brush salesman. The book is packed with interesting information, in the text and the illustrations, about firemen, policemen, carpenters, about electricity, building roads, making paper etc etc. Eventhe machines are animated and have character. Just the cover is enough to immediately engage children in the many lively details of this fascinating book. About the author Richard Scarry (1919 – 1994) was an enormously popular American childrens author and illustrator who published over 300 books. His books use animals to describe in a witty and engaging way, how things work in the world. Subject Contemporary story Subject The world of work and jobs description
United EuroLib Book Presentation UK3Kingdom Book No UK3 Country UK Name of Book Where the forest Name of Book (EN) Where the forest meets the sea meets the sea Author m/f Jeannie Baker, f Illustrator m/f Jeannie Baker, f Published Greenwillow Books Language English 1987 No of Pages 32 Cost in Euro 16.70 € Story summary A beautiful set of artistic “collage constructions” show a boy who visits a special island in a boat, accompanied by his father. The island houses a million year old forest. The boy loves it and wonders if the forest will survive in our time. Review In a beautiful Australian island, there has been a forest for over a hundred million years. Few people can go there, since the island can only be reached by boat and this may be the reason why it is still well preserved. A boy goes with his father to this wonderful world and, stimulated by his dad’s narration, he can see, through his imagination, the crocodiles and the kangaroos that used to live there. He goes by himself deep into the forest and imagines how life was ages ago. He plays by climbing inside huge trees and watching ancient aboriginal children through his imagination. Then, he comes back to his father who is barbecuing some fish. The boy is sad not only that the day is ending and he has to go back home, but also because he sees, in his vivid mind, the possibility that hotels and modern infrastructures and pollution will destroy the trees, beauty, silence and wonder of his beautiful island. Please, enjoy discovering the boy’s imagination through the transparency of the book’s collage images! About the author Jeannie Baker (1950) was born in England and now lives in Australia. Her illustrations have appeared in various publications including Nova, The London Times and The Sunday Times. Since 1972, Ms. Baker has worked on her “collage constructions”, many of which are designed to illustrate picture books but also stand as individual works of art. They have been displayed in galleries in England and Australia. Subject Contemporary story Subject Environment, love for nature, forest preservation, wildlife, description transmission of values (education) from father to son.
United EuroLib Book Presentation UK4Kingdom Book No UK4 Country UK The Gruffalo Name of Book (EN) The Gruffalo Name of Book Julia Donaldson, f Illustrator m/f Alex Scheffler, m Author m/f Published MACMILLAN 2000 Language English No of Pages 27 Cost in Euro 6.66 € Story summary A mouse walks in a forest and could become dinner for the other animals, but he survives thanks to a brilliant strategy. Review A mouse is walking in a deep dark forest and the other, larger animals, want to eat him. How can he survive?nYou will see that he is very, very smart: he tells all the animals that he meets that he has an appointment with a hungry Gruffalo, right where they are now talking. The mouse describes the Gruffalo as a huge terrifying beast, extremely frightening. The mouse describes the Gruffalo so well that the animals believe that such a creature exists and run away. So the mouse continues to walk happily in the forest. But what happens when he actually does meet the Gruffalo? Ha, ha...the mouse is a genius.... About the author Julia Donaldson is one of todays most popular writers. Although she is best- known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his children’s book illustrations, and his books have been translated into over twenty languages. Born in Germany, Axel now lives in London. Subject Fiction Subject How intelligence can be stronger than physical strength. description
United EuroLib Book Description UK5Kingdom Book No UK5 Country UK Gorilla Name of Book (EN) Gorilla Name of Book Anthony Brown, m Illustrator m/f Anthony Brown, m Author m/f Walker Books 2007 Language English Published (with CD) No of Pages 32 Cost in Euro 8.50€ Story summary Hannah hopes to spend time with her father, but he is always too busy. But something amazing happens during the night before her birthday and, in the morning, she goes to the zoo with her father and then she is happy. Review Hannah is a very lonely child, since her father cannot spend time with her: he works very hard the whole week and is too tired to play with his daughter at the weekend. Hannah loves gorillas and asks her father for one, as a present, for her birthday. That night she wakes up and finds her present, but the gorilla is just a toy. So, she throws it into a corner and goes back to sleep. During the night something happens: a gorilla, wearing her father’s coat and hat, comes and takes her to the zoo. They also go to the cinema, a restaurant and they even dance. Hannah has never been so happy and, finally, goes back to sleep. In the morning, Hannah’s father wakes her and really takes her to the zoo! About the author Anthony Browne is an internationally recognized British author and illustrator of childrens books, with more than forty titles to his name. In 2009 he was appointed the sixth Childrens Laureate and his books have received many distinctions. In 2000 he received the highest international honour for illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his services to childrens literature. His work is exhibited widely in London, Paris, the far East, the US and Mexico. Subject Fiction Subject Family interaction. Need for communication and signs of love description between parents and children. The power of a child’s fantasy world
United UK7Kingdom EuroLib Book Description Book No UK7 Country UK Name of Book Peter Rubbit and Name of Book (EN) Peter Rubbit and Friends: Bedtime Friends:Bedtime Stories Stories Author m/f Beatrix Potter, f Illustrator m/f Beatrix Potter, f Published F. Warne Penaguin Language English Books London 2008 No of Pages 80 Cost in Euro 14.46€ Story summary The book contains three stories but only the first one is reviewed: The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Peter is one of the four little rabbit brothers. He goes into a forbidden place: Mr McGregor’s garden, and risks his life. Review All Beatrice Potter’s stories are set in the Lake District in North West England. This area is renowned for its stunning natural beauty of lakes and mountains, were wild animals can still live in nature in peace. The mother of four little rabbits, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter, warns them not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden. This country garden, full of wonderful foods loved by rabbits, is a place of danger and led to the death of the rabbit’s father by Mr. McGregor the owner. The four rabbits go for a walk while the mother goes to the baker. Peter cannot resist the forbidden garden and creeps in and starts to eat the good foods especially the parsley, but Mr McGregor arrives! Will he survive? Find out what happens and enjoy the timeless, beautiful illustrations? About the author Beatrix Potter. A little girl in Victorian England, was taught at home by governesses and studied art. In 1893 she wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit in a illustrated letter to a little boy she knew who had been ill for a long time. In 1901 she privately printed 250 copies of the tale in time for Christmas. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902 with an initial 8000 copies printed and the tale has never been out of print since. The popularity of Beatrix Potters stories and characters has grown immeasurably since she published The Tale of Peter Rabbit over 100 years ago. Subject Fantasy Subject Peaceful and beautiful countryside, sweet feelings towards description animals and nature
United UK6 EuroLib Book DescriptionKingdom Book No UK6 Country UK Name of Book Tiddler Name of Book Tiddler The story-telling fish (EN) The story-telling fish Author m/f Julia Donaldson, f Illustrator m/f Alex Scheffler, m Publisher Alison Green Books Language English Scholastic 2007 No of Pages 32 Cost in Euro 6.66€ Story summary A little fish is late for school every day and makes up stories why he was late. One day he is lost in the middle of the ocean, but he is able to get back home, thanks to his stories. Review Tiddler, a little fish, arrives late for school everyday and makes up a story each day to explain why he is late. Nobody believes his stories, although Little Johnny Dory a school-mates, likes his stories and tells them to his grandmother. One morning, while thinking of the daily story to explain why he is late again, Tiddler gets caught in a fisherman’s net. Poor Tiddler! But the fisherman throws him back into the sea because he is too small. Tiddler finds himself lost in the middle of the frightening ocean and hides in the seaweed. How can he get home safely? Then he hears a story, it’s his story told by Little Johnny Dory to his grandmother who has told it to someone else. Maybe there is a way for Tiddler to get back home? About the author Julia Donaldson is one of todays most popular writers. Although she is best- known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his children’s book illustrations, and his books have been translated into over twenty languages. Born in Germany, Axel now lives in London. Subject Fiction Subject Illustrations depicting various kind of fish; seeing life in the deep description ocean; fantasy worlds.