Book Review: World War II History for Kids: 500 Facts! by Kelly Milner Halls

Incredible World War II facts for curious kids ages 8 to 12

Kids don’t need long, boring textbooks to learn about history! Starting with the events that set the stage for war and finishing with its aftermath, World War II History for Kids helps them explore the past through interesting and memorable facts they can share with their friends and family.

Go beyond other World War 2 books for kids with:

  • 500 facts―This book teaches kids all about the heroism and horrors of World War II, one informative tidbit at a time.
  • The complete timeline―Kids will learn all about important people, places, and events from before, during, and after the war.
  • A leg-up on learning―These facts provide kids with a head start on the topics they’ll be covering in class, plus things they might not learn in school.

Help young learners better understand what happened during WWII with this engaging, fact-driven history book.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This book has a lot of interesting facts about World War II as well as the times before and after the war. While all of the information is interesting, the more important things to remember are listed under Term to Know, Stat Fact, Person to Know, and Group to Know. Each important item is listed in bold letters.

I knew a lot about World War II, but I still learned quite a bit from this book. The funniest thing I learned is that there was an American Fat Salvage Committee that “asked people to save the fat left over from cooking rationed bacon. Fat was used to make glycerin, and glycerin was used to make bombs.” It’s an interesting and important fact, but the thought of saving fat tickled me.

Even though this book is for children ages 8-12, anyone would learn a lot about World War II from this book.

About the Author

For the past 30 years, Kelly Milner Halls has crafted high interest nonfiction books and articles for young readers. Known for quirky but well researched topics, Halls delights in drawing even reluctant readers into the realm of discovery through the explorations of dinosaurs, Sasquatch, UFO’s or dozens of other unusual themes.

She recently ventured into historic nonfiction, writing two new books about World War II–VOICES OF YOUNG HEROES and VOICES OF ORDINARY HEROES, MYSTERIES OF THE TITANIC and 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN HISTORY FOR KIDS. More, including ALL ABOUT HORSES will soon follow. She has applied the same conversational approach to these new projects she has always mastered in past projects. Kelly loves this new path, but promises more weird stuff is in the works.

Kelly makes home in Spokane, WA with two daughters, two rescue cats and a goldfish called FishTV. Before Covid-19, she did dozens of school visits, festival and conference events all over the country. Now she also uses Virtual Visits to connect with young readers.

Hopefully, traveling to meet kids at schools will return soon. Until then, Kelly Milner Halls will keep writing kid-friendly nonfiction books, sure to please.

For more about Kelly, visit her website, http://www.wondersofweird.com. Or email her at kellymilnerh@aol.com.

Book Review & Giveaway: Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael

Book Title: Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael
Category:  Children’s Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Ek-9 Solutions & Services, LLC
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  G -Suitable for everyone.


Book Description:

Change can be difficult, especially for Savanna. When she gets a new trainer at a new barn, she can’t help thinking about how much she’ll miss Colts & Company. More than that…she’s a little scared. What will happen when Savanna swallows her fear and takes a chance on Happenstance Farms?

A fun, relatable story about a girl and her pony, your child will love keeping up with the adventures at Happenstance Farms. With charming characters, lots of laughs, and social-emotional learning, this book is the perfect addition to any home or classroom library.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Savanna is going to visit Happenstance Farms for the first time. Her trainer moved so they had to find a new home for her pony where Savanna could continue training. At first, she’s apprehensive but once she meets her new trainer and she makes a couple of new friends, she thinks she’s going to like it here.

It’s fun to watch Savanna get to know Happenstance Farms. The illustrations in this picture book are gorgeous, and they bring the story alive. The colors are rich and vibrant.

There is also a lesson to be learned in Happenstance Farms: A New Home that even though change is scary, it is important to face it and take a chance because change is often good.

Savanna and her pony, Coffee

About the Author

McMichael serves as the Senior Manager and Information Technology Business Partner for Training Solutions and Global Training Systems & Services in Boeing Global Services. She is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of domestic and international experience in air traffic management and operations.  

McMichael holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s certificate in project management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern Illinois University.  She is a recipient of The
Boeing Company CTO Technical Excellence Award, Women of Color in Technology
“Rising Star” award, U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Training Achievement Award, and the International William A. Parenteau Memorial Award from the Air Traffic Control Association.  McMichael serves on the Advisory Board of SSM St. Charles Health Center, and the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization board.

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Book Review: Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani

Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.

Book Description:


​​Award-winning author and psychologist Dr. Deborah Serani and illustrator Kyra Teis team up again for a companion to “Sometimes When I’m Sad” that tackles the difficult feeling of anger. “Sometimes When I’m Mad” describes a child’s experience with anger and the many ways it can surface, along with ways children – and adults who love them – can use anger management techniques.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a great book for all children. It explains in terms they understand how anger may feel and how to handle it. I like that when the adults give the little girl choices on how to handle her anger, they give two or three choices.

The illustrations are colorful and realistic; anyone can look at them and know what the people are feeling.

At the end of the book is a section for adults about helping children to deal with anger. It explains how to spot anger in children of different ages as well as ways to encourage healthy anger expression.

Sometimes When I’m Mad is a great book for children to read and learn about anger management, but it is also an important resource for caregivers to help children to deal with anger.

About the Author

Deborah Serani, Psy.D. is psychologist in practice over 30 years. She is also a senior professor at Adelphi University and has been published in academic journals on many psychological subjects. Dr. Serani is a go-to expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found at ABC News, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post and USA Today, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is also a TEDx speaker and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Serani has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named for her. Dr. Serani is an award-winning author, writing about psychological topics in many genres.

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Book Review: The History of the Civil War by Susan B. Katz

An introduction to the history of the Civil War for kids ages 6 to 9

The United States was not always united. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to leave the Union. Soon after, many other states joined it to try and create their own country: the Confederate States of America. Within months, the Confederates would launch an attack on Fort Sumter and begin a war that lasted almost four years. This engaging story explores how and why the war started, who was fighting, what happened during the many bloody battles, and how the Union and Confederacy reunited.

This Civil War book for kids features:

  • A visual timeline—Kids will be able to easily follow the history of the Civil War thanks to a timeline marking major milestones.
  • Core curriculum—Teach kids about the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How behind the Civil War, and test their knowledge with a quick quiz after they finish.
  • Lasting changes—Encourage kids to explore thought-provoking questions that help them better understand how the Civil War changed the United States.

Get early readers interested in one of America’s most defining historical events with this standout guide to the Civil War for kids 6-9.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a concise history of the Civil War that explains that it was fought over slavery. It describes the tensions before the war, the Mason-Dixon Line, some of the major battles of the war, reconstruction, and current issues for black people.

There are some extras in The History of the Civil War that will encourage children to learn. Some of the words are bold which means they are in the glossary in the back. There are also timelines and graphics called “Who,” “Where,” and “When.” Occasionally there’s an arrow with “Jump in the Think Tank” suggestions, which encourage children to think about what they might do in a given situation. There’s a quiz at the end as well as additional Think Tank questions.

It’s important for children to learn about the Civil War and other historical events. This is a good book for that. “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it,” Spanish philosopher George Santayana.

About the Author

Susan B. Katz is an award-winning, Spanish bilingual author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant and social media strategist. As a former bilingual educator of over 25 years, Susan incorporates props, puppets and multimedia into her presentations making them interactive and engaging. Susan has eight published books with Scholastic, Penguin Random House, Barefoot Books and Callisto Media. MEDITATION STATION, about mindfulness and trains, comes out this fall with Bala Books (Shambhala). She has six chapter book biographies with Rockridge Press including THE STORY OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG, THE STORY OF FRIDA KAHLO, THE STORY OF JANE GOODALL and THE STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN. Scholastic published Susan’s book ALL YEAR ROUND and it was named “Best New Book” by The Children’s Book Review. She translated it into Spanish as Un Año Redondo. MY MAMA EARTH (Barefoot Books), won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book as well as being named “Top Green Toy” by Education.com. ABC, BABY ME! (Random House) debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in three months. ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME (Scholastic) was illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and reviewed as “having verse that never misses a beat.” Susan is also the Founder and Executive Director of http://www.ConnectingAuthors.org, a national non-profit bringing children’s book authors and illustrators into schools and libraries as role models of literacy and the arts. Ms. Katz served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors at Facebook. When she’s not writing, Susan enjoys salsa dancing and spending time at the beach.

Her website is: www.susankatzbooks.com.

About the Illustrator

Patrick Corrigan was born in Cheshire, England. With a passion for precision, he grew up drawing and designing arts and crafts. After studying ceramics at university and training as an art teacher, he became an art director at a busy design studio where he would work for nearly 10 years. While there, he honed his skills working on more than 500 educational and picture books for children as well as animations and branding. Now based in Hammersmith, West London, Patrick uses Photoshop, Illustrator, and sometimes even real art equipment to create his work. He draws best when listening to his vast collection of vinyl.

Book Review & Giveaway: The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard by Shelley Larkin & Michael John Sullivan

Book Title:  The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Magic Everywhere Inc. 
Release date:  September 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone

Book Description:

Larry the Lizard has always dreamed of snow. The only problem is, he lives in Australia. Find out what happens when a lizard gets a very silly idea… and it finally comes true. Join Larry and his friends as they skid, skate, slide and have an adventure in this wonderful ride. ​


Buy the Book:
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Larry the Lizard never gives up hope no matter what everyone else says. He stays positive and even though he’s wishing for the near impossible, children will want to cheer him on.

This is a cute book with colorful illustrations. It has a story of hope and keeping faith that your dreams will come true which is a good lesson for children. It is told in rhymes, but the rhymes felt forced. The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard is a good story that would be even better if it was told without the rhyming.

About the Authors

Michael John Sullivan

Michael John Sullivan is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids. He is also co-developing three other animation series, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Sullivan has written several children’s books, including a Digimon series book with HarperCollins Publishing. In addition, Michael has written five novels, receiving awards and best-selling status. His first book, Necessary Heartbreak, was published by Simon & Schuster and was named by the prestigious Library Journal as one of the best books in 2010. Sullivan previously advocated for the homeless, drawing off of his own experience of riding the New York City trains at night for one winter. He has written articles about the plight for CNN.com, The Washington Post website, The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Patch.com. Before he took up living among his animated characters, Michael worked for ESPN, Rival.com, Scout.com, and the Sporting News, covering high school and college basketball. He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. 

Shelley Larkin

Shelley Larkin is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids, and is co-developing other animation series with Michael, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Shelley is involved in all aspects of the animation ventures, including marketing and promotions, and merchandising of books, videos and other products.One of Shelley’s passions is the Destination Imagination (DI) worldwide learning program for kids K-12, where she served as Director in the greater Sacramento area. Focused on creative problem-solving techniques, hundreds of thousands of children are served by the program each year, supported by thousands of volunteers. Shelley was presented with the DI Spirit of Discovery Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment and devotion to the global program. Michael and Shelley’s initial collaboration was co-authoring a children’s short story, “The Sock Kids Stand Up Against Bullying”, a nationally distributed book developed in concert with Destination Imagination. This story creates awareness of an important life lesson for children, and shows how The SockKids can deliver these messages through animation and books. ​


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Book Review: Facts Book for Kids about Dinosaurs by Rob Willis

Did you know that Tyrannosaurus had teeth six inches long, or that the long-necked Brachiosaurus was as tall as a 15-story building? Would you believe that dragons actually existed?

Dig into this stunning encyclopedia about Dinosaurs and discover many more interesting things.

T. rex, Triceratops, Pterosaurs, Stegosaurus and many more!

This book is jam-packed with fascinating facts about how they lived, and the evidence they left behind. Learn how dinosaurs and birds are connected, and discover the biggest prehistoric mysteries that scientists are still trying to crack.

Inside the pages of this bold and exciting book, you’ll find:

◆ Many fun facts about the prehistoric world which kids will be bursting to share with their friends.

◆ Everything there is to know about a variety of incredible dinosaurs.

◆ Hours of fun and educative reading.

This book is perfect for home or for school.

✓ It’s a great gift for any curious reader.

✓ It’s a way to expand your kids’ minds.

✓ It’s an incredible book for passing time on long journeys and in boring waiting rooms.

✓ It’s a unique family bonding experience, as much fun for the biggest members of the household as it is for the littlest. In this book, you’ll discover a new way to strengthen your family bonds.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or what interests you generally have, this book can be enjoyed by everyone.

The unique encyclopedia introduces a huge variety of record-breaking facts about dinosaurs in mind-blowing detail.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a great book! There are a LOT of interesting facts about dinosaurs. For example, the word dinosaur means terrible reptiles, but terrible in a good way such as amazing or formidable. Dinosaur fossils have been found on all of the continents and several dozen new species are found every year.

Facts Book for Kids about Dinosaurs is a children’s book that adults will find interesting too. It gives up-to-date information about what is known as of now, but a lot of these facts could change. For example, the smallest dinosaur and the biggest dinosaur could change with the next fossil discovery.

I have a great-nephew who is really into dinosaurs, and he’ll love this book. I know what I’m getting him for his next birthday!

Fact no. 6 from the book

About the Author

Hello!

I’m Rob and I love writing books for kids. I absolutely adore and am inspired by books and children and education and so have spent some 15 years writing and editing and brainstorming books for readers ages 4 and up. I have four children and they are my first readers.

When I’m not writing new books for kids, you can find me outside, gardening, biking or camping with my family and friends. Because I enjoy traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Book Review: My Way to Kindness by Elizabeth Cole

Would you like to raise your child a kind and polite person? Would you like to teach your kid such social skills as empathy, compassion, inclusion, respect, gratitude, and sharing? Then you are at the right place! This lovely kindness book for kids will help you for sure!

Is your child usually kind and polite, but still behaves a bit rude sometimes? Well, everyone might fail to be kind once in a while. Kindness is a very complex skill that requires many social manners. This kids book about kindness will take your child to a magical dreamland of sweets. Boys and girls will surely like the adventures of little Melissa and her new adorable friends.

This social-emotional book for kids:

  • teaches children to respect elders, help others, share toys, say “thank you”, accept diversity and other social manners
  • offers children many examples of kind and polite behavior
  • contains lovely illustrations and a lightly rhyming storyline
  • suitable both for preschool kids ages 3 to 5, as well as the older ones of 6-10 years old
  • contains a number of funny characters such as muffin, gingerbread, brownie and donut  

There are many books about big emotions available. However, what makes this picture book stand out from other emotion books for kids is a clear message about what kindness means as well as numerous useful examples of kind deeds and true friendship.

Even if you have tried many similar feelings books for kids, this story about little Melissa will surely be an excellent addition to a toolkit!

So, wait no more and take your child on this exciting adventure story about kindness!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read a few of Elizabeth Cole’s books including My way to keep anger away so I was pretty sure that this would be another great children’s book.

Melissa is usually a sweet and kind girl, but no one is perfect. When she forgets to say thank you and then forgets to do a chore as she promised her mom she would, her teddy bear decides to take her on a journey in her dreams to teach her about being kind to others.

The story is told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. It encourages children to use their imaginations as well as teaching them ways to be kind.

About the Author

Being a mother of two kids Elizabeth Cole very well understands that childhood is a great period of life filled with a tremendous amount of different and often changing emotions. Since the time Elizabeth received her master’s degree in psychology from University of New Orleans in 2008, she fully devoted herself to the research of kids, understanding their needs as well as their true emotions. Her five years period of working as the school teacher very much improved Elizabeth’s knowledge and motivated her even stronger. Finally, all of her experience inspired Elizabeth to write a series of children’s books.

Learn more at ecole-author.com or email Elizabeth at elizabethcole.author@gmail.com!

Book Review: The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody’s Good at Something by Prince A. Sanders

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody’s Good at Something, The sequel to Which Forks First, is based on actual events from Prince A Sanders’ life. This story embodies two major themes that are commonly faced in today’s society; The journey to discovering one’s personal talent or skill while having the courage to do what they love, even when being bullied.

Everybody’s Good at Something shows the unwavering love of a Mother who guides and encourages her son with a little help from his furry pet hamster, Popcorn. Overall this book empowers young children to have confidence when they don’t quite fit in. Today’s youth must be encouraged, supported, and loved for themselves as they discover their purpose.

Prince A Sanders is passionate about the social development of children and empowering them, through story, to handle some of life’s more difficult lessons.

The perfect book for parents, grandparents, teachers and any adult that cares about the challenges of today’s youth. Everybody’s Good at Something is written for children of all ages.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Smith Publicity. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Prince is a boy who isn’t sure what his passion is yet. His brother is good at sports and tries to help Prince at different sports, but even though he likes them, he’s not good at them. When he sees a ballet, he knows that he wants to dance, and he’s good at it!

Prince’s story teaches that we’re all good at something, we just need to figure out what it is. It also doesn’t matter what others think about it. Prince is bullied by other kids because they don’t understand. His mom gave him good advice about dealing with the bullies.

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody’s Good at Something is a great book for teaching children that we are all good at something, and we shouldn’t let anyone get in the way of following our dreams.

About the Author

Prince A Sanders is a former classical ballet dancer and current hospitality professional. A native New Yorker, Prince A Sanders lives in Westchester County, New York with his family.

Book Review: ¡Mi Comunidad! My Community! by 123 Andrés

An endearing new dual-language book, ¡Mi comunidad! • My Community! celebrates community helpers, with two companion songs (Spanish and English) to read and sing together. ¡Mi comunidad! • My Community! is a joyful walk around the community to get to know people who help us stay safe, learn and thrive. With vibrant illustrations by Puerto Rican artist Mónica Paola Rodriguez, the book includes a glossary of community helper roles to jump start conversations at home and school about the many ways people help and serve others. The brand new songs, “My Community” and “Mi Comunidad,” are available exclusively via the QR code included in the back of the book.

¡Mi comunidad! es un libro emotivo y lleno de vida en español y en inglés, que celebra a los ayudantes de la comunidad. El libro viene acompañado por dos canciones nuevas – una en cada idioma – para leer y cantar en familia. Con ¡Mi Comunidad! nos paseamos por nuestra comunidad y conocemos a algunas de las personas que nos ayudan a estar a salvo, a aprender y a seguir adelante.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Smith Publicity. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This children’s book about community is written in both Spanish and English. Whichever language you know, and whichever one you don’t know, it’s a great resource to start learning. I learned a little Spanish in school years ago, but I plan on reading this book several times to my grandkids so that we can start to learn a little Spanish together.

The illustrations are eye catching and colorful and will keep children’s attention. There is more information at the end of the book including a link to music. Even better, everything at the end of the book is also in both languages. I can’t wait to share this book with my grandkids tomorrow!

About the Authors

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés. Their catchy songs and lively concerts get the whole family dancing and learning, in Spanish and English.

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Book Review: Dodos are not Extinct! by Paddy Donnelly

A hilarious, engaging primer on famous extinct–but never forgotten– animals that will keep kids giggling and guessing on every page, perfect for fans of Brendan Wenzel’s Hello Hello and Mo Willems’ Edwina.

Psst! Hey you! Can you keep a secret?
Dodos are NOT extinct!
In fact, if you look extra closely, you might be able to spot other extinct animals . . . like woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and even dinosaurs! These famous creatures are in disguise everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled! You never know who might be right under your nose.

Author-illustrator Paddy Donnelly delivers a silly, animal-filled read that is perfect for story time sharing at home or for the classroom. Nonfiction back matter jam-packed with facts about the endangered and extinct animals featured in the story makes this creative book as educational as it is fun.

Available on Amazon on Feb. 8, 2022

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Dodos are not Extinct! is a silly book that claims that many extinct animals like Dodos aren’t extinct, they’re just hiding in plain sight. Many wear disguises which are expensive, so it suggests that one of the top surgeons is a velociraptor!

This is a fun read for children. They’ll giggle at the silliness, but they’ll learn about extinct animals at the same time! The illustrations are colorful and as silly as the words. The last page lists several extinct animals and when the last known animal of their species died.

I definitely recommend Dodos are not Extinct! It’s my favorite type of children’s book…having fun reading while learning at the same time.

About the Author

Paddy Donnelly is an award-winning Irish author and illustrator of picture books. Now living in Belgium, he works in a range of illustration styles and his debut author illustrated picture book, ‘The Vanishing Lake’, won the Gold Medal in the Picture Books category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2021. He was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his picture book with Jeanne Willis – ‘Hom’. He wishes Pluto was still a planet.