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Voyage to Arghan and Ernest and I-LDA 2019

" Beautiful textured pastel illustrations by Helen Lanzrein provide the visual element of the story and there’s a final ‘voyage log’ offering ideas for discussion.

Parents and educators alike will welcome this book, as they will Ernest and I, created particularly for ‘supporting children to identify with their attachments’.

Its rhyming narrative, essentially a soothing reflective story of childhood memories of a boy and his much loved soft toy penguin, is also beautifully illustrated by Helen Lanzrein."


Midnight Tiger-OUP-2003

"What it’s about:

Out in the dark, under the moon, the midnight tiger prowls alone. Soft through the jungle he pads along, then swishes his tail, and sings along…

… come with the midnight tiger on his night-time adventure in this beautifully told tale with a twist at the end.

My review:

This week, the books I have been reading to the children in Key Stage 1 have been based on tigers and this title just leapt out at me (pardon the pun). Initially the pictures were what drew me to the book – full of warmth and rich colours that were suitable for autumn. Once inside, the words also pulled me along, with the story told mainly in rhyming couplets – though every so often a half rhyme is thrown in there to keep me on my toes when reading aloud!


The musical rhythm of Lobel’s language kept the children listening intently, wide-eyed and excited for the next development as the ‘tiger’ slunk through the pages. We’re never given a complete picture of the tiger – as in a whole-body view – and this is key to the twist at the end, which is the reveal that the tiger, when indoors, is actually a great, furry, cuddly cat. At the end of each reading, I asked the children whether they think the animal was a tiger at all. Most think it never was – that it was always a cat whose coat looked different in the dark, or perhaps this was the story of an orange cat’s dream to become large, like his wild cousin.

However, some children believed in a magical possibility of the cat undergoing some sort of transformation inside or outside of the house and this is why books like these are so wonderful. They can spark a child’s imagination, encourage discussion and help a child express their views. This is a book to treasure, for the words and the pictures, and would be a soothing bedtime read."


The Secret Cave- Orchard 2007

"Revue de presse

A delightful picture book (School Librarian)
A beautiful and richly atmospheric book ... combines lyrical text with dreamy illustrations (Family Interest Magazine)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Tucked in the cliffs, close by the shining sea, the cave lies silent, still . . .What secrets does the cave hold? Might there be pirates, or mermaids, or even a sea-dragon deep inside?This beautiful and richly atmospheric book, about the power of a child's imagination, will continue to delight after a thousand bedtime readings.

Biographie de l'auteur

Richard Hamilton has written a number of books for children. He is best known for his young fiction and picture books, including Polly's Picnic from Bloomsbury. Richard lives in London. Helen Lanzrein is a talented, new illustrator. She previously illustrated the exquisite Midnight Tiger (Oxford), written by Gill Lobel. Helen lives in Foxton, Cambridgeshire.



All Things Bright and Beautiful-Little Tiger Press-2007

"This beautiful collection of childrens prayers and verse is perfect for reading aloud and sharing. This universal book will inspire kindness and encourage children to ponder, and give thanks for, the wonderful world in which they live. Soft illustrations highlight the gentle verse and prayer. The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages make this title a perfect fit for preschoolers!"