Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Review: The Journey & Flying Eye Books

Reviewing Flying Eye Books

One of the greatest things about having a child, is having an excuse to read lots and lots of kids' books. The only problem is that I get fussy about the illustration - I want things to either be completely twee and lifted out of an Edwardian nursery, or retro cool and oozing with the design vibe of the 1970s. This is why I've become a fan of Flying Eye Books, the children's imprint of the awesome Nobrow Press.

I love the bold colour palette, and the striking graphics. But FEB don't just look good, they have compelling stories too. (And fab titles - I can't wait for My Dad Used to be So Cool!)

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

We were sent The Journey by Francesca Sanna to review, and I was really intrigued to see how a book aimed at young children would tackle an issue which so many of us adults find difficult to comprehend - the plight of refugees attempting to reach safety.

The answer: brilliantly.

The art is beautiful, bold and powerful, but still whimsical. The words are carefully chosen, and always feel just right. Marianna is still too young to understand, but I was so moved I cried.

Flying Eye Books - The Journey
'They are migrating just like us. And their journey is very long too, but they don't have to cross any borders. I hope, one day, like these birds, we will find a new home. A home where we can be safe and begin our story again.'

My parents were surprised when they visited and flicked through, drawn in by the gorgeous cover art. They had never really associated picture books with serious messages, but they agreed that it worked well. Because you don't need oceans of text to explain something that impacts on all of us.

We all feel alone and afraid sometimes. We all want to feel safe.

We're all human.

This is an excellent book for starting discussion with children, and helping them to understand stories they hear in the media. You can get it from the Flying Eye Books website for £12.99.

Marianna reading Flying Eye Books
Marianna reading The Journey all by herself. Kind of...

Flying Eye Books also sent us two extra books for Marianna. It was a lovely touch, and we have had great fun reading the counting book Clap, Clap! by Madalena Madoso.

Clap, Clap! by Madalena Matoso for Flying Eye Books

Anthony was especially taken by At the Beach: First Words by Katja Spitzer. In his own words, it was like if 'Ikea did Ladybird', which I think ties into what I so like about Flying Eye Books - they're a modern company, dealing with modern issues, but they haven't lost sight of the traditional values of children's publishing. Learning should be fun, and there is no reason why any book should ever be dull!

At the Beach First Words by Katja Spitzer for Flying Eye Books



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22 comments:

  1. Reading to and with your kids is such a gift to give them. These books sound fantastic

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    1. Some of my favourite childhood memories are reading with my parents. x

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  2. I love reading to Blake these books sound very interesting and s great way of explaining to kids about things like refugees.

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    1. It's such a big topic and the way it's represented in the media can be so horrid. It's nice to have resources that children can relate to and understand.

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  3. It does look like a lovely book to read. My daughter loves books too, especially now that she can read them on her own :) Dean of Little Steps.

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    1. Aw, I bet. Marianna mostly likes to try and rip the pages out of them at the moment... x

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  4. This looks too cute!! My nephew would appreciate one!

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    1. The art is fab - I kind of want some of it as prints for the wall!

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  5. I love reading with my children too, this looks like such a lovely book xx

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  6. Looks like a lovely colourful book that will hold their attention well

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    1. I love how bright and colourful they are! :)

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  7. It looks as though the book has really caught her attention x

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  8. My little boy loves it when I read to him. This book sounds great.

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    1. It's really nice to snuggle up and read together!

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  9. Love reading to my little boy. He also loves looking at the pictures in books so I think he would love these

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    1. They're so bright and colourful, Marianna has loved looking through them.

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  10. From those pics, the writing style and art is lovely. Quite unique.

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  11. I love reading to my little nephew, kids seemed to be enjoying it as it expands their imagination plus it help with their development.

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    1. I love how excited kids get about books, as though they're really living it! x

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