Caryl Hart must be one of the most prolific children’s authors working today. When she’s not busy with her Albie series and Princess and the Peas books, she reimagining classic tales for a modern audience or creating empowering picture books like the brilliant Girls Can Do Anything!
Now Caryl has teamed up with another of our favourite new talents and queen of the modern fairytale, Bethan Woollvin, for one of the most striking looking and accessible non-fiction books we’ve seen.
Meet The Planets is a beautiful rhyming journey through space and cleverly disguises learning as lots of fun. Baby Bookworm was taken with it from the first read, which is always the sign of a book about to go galactic.
To celebrate the book’s publication, we asked Caryl to pick the books, writers and illustrators who brighten her life…
My favourite… classic children’s book
My favourite… children’s illustrator
This is another really hard one! Obviously ALL the illustrators I have worked with are my favourites and I wouldn’t want to single any of them out for extra praise for fear of making the others feel unloved!
So, of the illustrators I haven’t yet had the pleasure of working with, I think I’d pick Jackie Morris for her wonderful wildlife illustrations; Nick Sharratt for the happy hours pouring over which bed we would choose and which house we’d live in; Helen Oxenbury for the all the well-thumbed classics she’s given us including my all time favourite book Farmer Duck; and Colin Thompson for his wonderfully surreal illustrations in Looking for Atlantis.
My favourite… character
Everyone loves Kipper of course, but I think our family’s all time favourite is another of Mick Inkpen’s creations, Wibbly Pig. His name is so evocative and the stories we have with him in are just adorable.
I also think Lola in Charlie and Lola is hugely funny, totally adorable and brilliantly observed by Lauren Child.
Meet The Planets by Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin is out now. £11.99 (hardback) / £6.99 (paperback), Bloomsbury. Available from Amazon
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