Friday, 24 May 2013

Zoe and Beans - A Review







Zoe and Beans 
How many pets? & Look at me!
By Chloë Inkpen and Mick Inkpen 
Both published 9th May 2013, £5.99 Board Books

The much-loved Zoe and Beans series is now available 
in two brand new board books - perfect for little hands!





How many pets? - Learn to count with Zoe and Beans! 
How many pets can you see? Join Zoe and Beans and their friend Oscar as they count the animals, from one to ten. There’s a hungry rabbit, a kitten, a duck, a puppy and even a cow! But will there be enough room for them all? 

Look at me! - Dress up and play with Zoe and Beans!
Zoe and Beans and their new best friend Oscar have found a dressing-up box. But what will they be today? Join them as they become robots, doctors, bumble bees – even pirates! 

The start of a brilliant new series of board books featuring the adorable Zoe and Beans and all of their friends. With its gentle rhyming text and irresistible illustrations, these books are perfect for sharing with toddlers and young children. 

Chloë Inkpen grew up surrounded by picture books and has a natural gift for storytelling. A love of language and art saw her swap an English Literature course for a degree in Visual Communication at Glasgow School of Art. She spent her final year specializing in children's book illustration and was awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2008.


Mick Inkpen is one of today's most popular picture book author/illustrators and the famous creator of both Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Mick has won the Children's Book Award for Threadbear and the British Book Award twice, for Penguin Small and Lullabyhullaballoo. Kipper won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film in 1998. In 2012 Mick Inkpen was one of the top 10 most borrowed children’s authors in libraries. It wasn't until Mick became a father that he began his career in children's books.



Meet Oscar, the new next-door neighbour and a brand new friend for Zoe and Beans! Zoe has found a guinea pig at the bottom of the garden . . . and a tortoise, and a chameleon, and now there’s a noisy parrot! Where on earth have they all come from? The hole in the fence could be a clue, but who lives on the other side?

Hello Oscar! is Chloё and Mick Inkpen’s fifth title in the exceptional Zoe and Beans series. Once again they have produced a beautifully designed and touching, yet comic, tale with bubbly characters and colourful illustrations. The combination of father and daughter come together beautifully for a unique and exciting picture book partnership.

Mick Inkpen is one of today's most popular picture book author/illustrators and the famous creator of both Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Mick has won the Children's Book Award for Threadbear and the British Book Award twice, for Penguin Small and Lullabyhullaballoo. Kipper won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film in 1998. In 2012 Mick Inkpen was one of the top 10 most borrowed children’s authors in libraries. It wasn't until Mick became a father that he began his career in children's books. 

Chloë Inkpen grew up surrounded by picture books and has a natural gift for storytelling. A love of language and art saw her swap an English Literature course for a degree in Visual Communication at Glasgow School of Art. She spent her final year specialising in children's book illustration and was awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2008.

My youngest, Zoe, is 3 and absolutly adored these books the minute they came out of the bag, especially with the main character being called Zoe they instantly became HER books and has carried them around with her for weeks!
They stories are fun and easy for children of all ages to relate to, the art work is beautiful with its washed out tones and full pages illustrations.
My eldest who's 9 enjoyed reading these to our youngest two who admittedly spent more time talking about the animals and which ones we had than listening to what she was saying.
I believe these will be firm favourites even after they are old enough to read to themselves.
And that was just the board books, Meet Oscar has to be one of my favourite children's book's i have ever read and we read a lot!
Its witty and funny and beautiful all at the same time, the narrative is great for young children to understand and it does all this whilst being beautiful to look at.
I literally cannot say a bad word about this serious and now im off to find the rest to go with these, i cant wait to see what other cheekiness Zoe and Beans gets up to next!!

And its not just me that thinks so have a read what some other people had to say about Zoe and Beans..

‘A heart-warming, comic tale with bubbly characters and colourful illustrations!’
Parent Talk

‘The Inkpens, a talented father and daughter due, deliver another stunningly beautiful picture book… Exquisite drawings, the cutest little heroine and a fun story are sure to cast a warm glow over bedtime reading.’ Lancashire Evening Post

‘Absolutely wonderful illustrations’ Chopsy Baby

‘A fun story full of fun and friendship that children will enjoy.’ Early Years Educator

‘Hello Oscar! is a lovely read with beautiful pictures.’ Monsters Fun House
‘The story is engaging and amusing. The artwork is lovely again and we’re really getting into the characters.’ Wham Bahm 

 ‘This book is a lovely, easy to follow read…. It is perfect for toddler and young children in its use of language and is full of beautiful illustrations.’ Mum Reinvented

 ‘The illustrations are so cute and child friendly….. A formidable father/daughter team who produce tales which capture the heart of the children and hold their imagination.’
Mummy Matters

‘Once again we love the simplicity of the images in the Zoe and Beans book and I find the story easy to read…it is great to meet new animals and new characters’  Mellow Mummy

‘Hello Oscar!’ is a playful story that really lends to re-telling.’ Damson Lane 

‘I love the illustrations in the book, they are so bright and really stand out on the page.’
One Blue One Pink

I hope you'll agree these are ones for the book shelf.


L xx