Sample articles from Carousel issue 55: Autumn 2013
Dixie O'Day in The Fast Lane - Bonnie and Clyde? Thelma and Louise? No! It's Clara Vulliamy and Shirley Hughes setting out on a new adventure
A new edition of Carlo Collodi's book by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark brings Carousel a privileged interview with Pinocchio
Vintage: John Burningham
Sample articles from Carousel issue 54: Summer 2013
Elen Caldecott - first a writer, then an author, by David Blanch
Cressida Cowell: Ten Years of Training Dragons, by Elaine Chant
Petr Horacek: A perfect start for getting children into books and storytelling from Mike and
Sample articles from Carousel issue 53: Spring 2013
Quentin Blake: Books and Beyond
Sourcing Ketchup Clouds with Annabel Pitcher
Sara Fanelli - Pictorial Literature on Every Page
Sample articles from Carousel issue 52: Autumn/Winter 2012
Grannies, Grumps and Glitter - a meeting with Tracey Corderoy
From The Fonz to
The Hoove: Henry Winkler in conversation with Dave Chant
Sample articles from Carousel issue 51: Summer 2012
The end of the adventure(s) - Robert Swindells talks about his life as a writer
Korky Paul: It's been a great ride with Winnie
Sample articles from Carousel issue 50: Spring 2012
Charles Dickens 1812 – 1870: 200 years old and still on the front pages. His work has been made
into films, TV series, stage adaptations,
musicals and animations.
Editorial: In the Spring of 1995 the seed of an idea about a new magazine,
centred on children's books, was planted. Incredibly, seventeen years later, that
same team have published Issue 50.
The Sentence Maker: Chris Stephenson discusses with Allan Ahlberg his recent work and the importance of the garden shed.
Poetry: The poetry page this issue is, in the main, a salute to James Berry in his eighty-eighth year. Bloodaxe have published an exemplary selection of his poetry
Marks on the Page: David Blanch talks with children's illustrator, Alan Marks
Seeing London: Chris Stephenson has been looking at a handful of books about London for children, a modest but probably representative selection of the deluge that have hit bookshops in anticipation of this year's Olympic Games and Paralympics.
Reviews - Picture Books: rewarding reads for the family to share
Reviewers' Favourites: We asked reviewers for their personal choices
Sample articles from Carousel issue 49: Autumn/Winter 2011
Reviews: Information Books
Information for all ages
The Refugee Diaries - Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young are giving "a voice to the voiceless" and, in
England, Year 4 tries to put themselves in other children's shoes after reading by Pat and Susanna Thomson
The Brilliant World
of Liz Pichon - "I didn't set out to be a children's illustrator although I did
illustrations for magazines and greeting cards," said one of our
most enjoyed illustrators working into today's crowded field by David Blanch.
Fairy Tales - Fairy tales sprang from the oral tradition and many of the best known are centuries old. Collections of these tales appeared in print for the first time during the sixteenth century.
Reviews: Reading with Confidence - Engaging young readers
Sample articles from Carousel issue 48: Summer 2011
Poetry: A New Spring? 2011 seems to herald a new Spring for children's poetry:Brian Mosesreviews some of them
Picture Book Reviews Rewarding reads for the family to share
First Steps reviews
Editorial by Julia Donaldson, the newChildren's Laureate
Racing to Read - A regular visitor to schools to encourage children to enjoy reading,
Jeremy Strong was visiting Birmingham to do just that in six
A Fishy Tale from John Patrick Byrne. After a fifty year incubation Donald and Benoit,
John Patrick Byrne's children's book has
been published - a brilliant mix of glorious
illustration and witty words. By Valerie Bierman .
The Child Reader 1700-1840 - Have you ever inscribed a book? You are contributing to our social history. These short inscriptions reveal much more than you could have imagined
Sample articles from Carousel issue 47: Spring 2011
"Led creatively by the book..." - Chris Stephenson talks to writer and illustrator, Gillian McClure
The Lore of the Playground - "Children don't play in the playground anymore," is the received wisdom. "Tosh," says Steve Roud and his new book proves he's right. Written by Pat Thomson.
A Merchant of Stories - Walking through Venice with Michelle Lovric, written by Elaine Chant.
Reviews - Non-Fiction Information for all ages.
Interrupted Journey - When Pat Moon was assembling her
poems for Earth Lines: Poems for
the Green Age twenty years ago, she
needed to seek the advice and guidance of
the peace campaigner Bruce Kent . . . Read more of this article by Chris Stephenson.
Sample articles from Carousel issue 46: Autumn/Winter 2010
Now gods, stand up for dunces!
(with apologies to W. Shakespeare) by Chris Stephenson
Picture Book Reviews - Rewarding reads for the family to share
Sharing Stories A Generation Ago!
A number of best-loved classic children's titles have been recently re-issued to attract new fans. We wondered how relevant they are to today's
children. Do they have a feeling of timelessness? Do they still appeal? Are they appropriate? Do they speak to young readers in the twenty-first
century? Would you buy them for your children or your grandchildren? To find out we asked two families – one who shared four of these stories
with their children almost forty years ago, and the other shared the same ones during the 2010 summer holiday.
Big Bugs in a Brilliant Building by Pat Thomson
This well produced book,
with life size photos of the kind of bugs which
get into books of records, will be grabbed by
young enthusiasts and treated with respect by
adults and children alike.
Inside Out - by Pat Thomson
The story of a film – book – film collaboration. A uthor Julia Jarman and film maker Julie Laslett have
produced a linked book and two films about a teenager
from a desperate but not uncommon family background, who gets into trouble with the law. It seems that Bookstart, the scheme that gets books to babies, has been a great success. Maybe this excellent collaboration should be delivered in the same spirit to the other end of the age range. If we hope that the cycle of illiteracy can be broken, can we hope to affect the cycle of 'offending'?
Sample articles from Carousel issue 45: Spring 2010
Summer 2010 Cover
The General: Celebrating Fifty Years with Michael Foreman - we celebrate not only fifty years since the publication of Michael's first book, The General, but also that we celebrate the mighty and distinguished contribution that he has made to the whole vista and history of the genre – illustrated books for children: for his wonderful handling of colour and for his distinctive and versatile skills with drawing while telling stories.
Ravens and Revolvers: Marcus Sedgwick has been steadily
building an impressive backlist of
novels. Having now re-read all of
them, the feeling grows that he has been doing
this far too quietly.
James Mayhew by Margaret Hickman Smith: Having been told by schoolteachers that he wouldn't make a living
from his art, his first book for children, Katie's Picture Show, was
published by Orchard Books in 1989 and firmly established a long
running series about a child's adventures in an art gallery. How
wrong can you be! See James Mayhew's blog.
Poetry Reviews - by Susanna Thomson
Reviews of Novels for Older Readers
Reviews: First Steps
Sample articles from Carousel issue 44: Spring 2010
Spring 2010 Cover
Travelling with Sharon Creech - Collecting awards along the way, Sharon Creech has written in different forms, for different age ranges and across continents
Lucy Cousins brightens up the dullest day - Books created by Lucy Cousins capture the world for very
young children. Maisy is a universally recognised character.
We were thrilled to meet Lucy recently at her most agreeable
home in Hampshire.
The New York Review Children's Collection - The NYRB Classics series was launched in 1999. With now over 250 titles in print, it's a determinedly eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction from a diversity of eras and areas, including a number of titles that should bring blushes to the cheeks of some negligent UK publishers.
Poetry Reviews Two Poetry Books and a doorstep of a reference book reviewed by Enid Stephenson
Reviews of books for older readers
Reviews of books with young adult themes
Sample articles from Carousel issue 43: Autumn 2009
P J Lynch's - considerable
reputation as a distinguished
Irish artist might almost be
intimidating so there is something
reassuring in his description of himself
as a child, lying on the floor, always
Non-fiction reviews - information for all ages
Reviews: Reading Alone - Whole books to read and re-read
Shaun Tan: Another World We
Can All Inhabit
In Praise of
Illustration: “Picture books are special – they’re not
like anything else. Sometimes I hear parents encouraging their
children to read what they call proper books (books without pictures),
at an earlier and earlier stage. This makes me sad, as picture books are
perfect for sharing . . ."
Sample articles from Carousel issue 42: Summer 2009
Summer 2009 Cover
A Sense of Place - Many stories have emerged from real-life places, often providing
rich and dramatic backcloths. Sharing these as a family
can be a wonderful experience. The Carousel editors would like to
recommend some favourites with a real ‘sense of place’ which would
make ideal visits if you are staying at home this year.
A Need to Learn from the Past - The study of war is part of the
National Curriculum and the 5-14 Scottish
Curriculum so if you want authentic material, whether in book
form or actual artefacts, The Imperial War Museum (IWM) is an
Siobhan Dowd by Chris Stephenson. Siobhan Dowd died in 2007 aged forty-seven. In the last years of her life she wrote four exceptional novels, the first of which was published in 2006.
Picture Book Reviews: Rewarding reads for all the family
Babies: Reviews of books to catch, and hold, babies' and todlers' attention
Sample articles from Carousel issue 41: March 2009
Editorial: At Carousel we believe in
using our review space to highlight books that we think
are worth considering . . . .
How to Exorcise Unquiet Spirits: Jan Ormerod was artist in residence at the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre in Western Australia in 2007/2008, and shares her experience with Carousel readers.
Angela Barrett: Exquisite Skills in Drawing and Painting
Manga Carta: Manga comic strip stories, originating from Japan in the 1950s, are typically printed in black and white
and are read in paperback form from back to front. Hugely popular in their country of origin, this format
is now becoming popular with publishers in Britain, France and America.
Reviews: Reading Alone
Reviews: Reading With Confidence
Sample articles from Carousel issue 40: Autumn 2008
Working from home - Working From Home: Gillian McClure, by Chris Stephenson
Helen Craig: Family Matters
Mo Willems: Making it ‘Serious in Funny' - When he was a young
man, Mo Willems wrote a letter to Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Mr Schulz, he told the great cartoonist, I want your job when you die . . .
We Are ALL Born FREE
Judith Escreet, Art Director at Frances Lincoln, writes: "All people are born free and equal are the opening words of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations" . . .
The Mouldiwarp and Me: Pat Jenkins, a former teacher and reviewer for Carousel, shares her childhood reading experiences.
Books for older readers - reviews
Reads 4 Teens - reviews
Sample articles from Carousel issue 39: Summer 2008
Polly Dunbar: Painting & Puppets - Winner of the Younger Children’s section in the 2008 Red House Children’s Book Award. By Chris Stephenson
Museum of Childhood
A great destination for a family or school visit
By Pat Thomson
Shakespeare and his world
By Enid Stephenson
Non Fiction reviews
Picture Book reviews
First Steps reviews
Sample articles from Carousel issue 38: Spring 2008
To a Secret Garden via a Cat and a Toad
by David Blanch
Return to the Little House
by Pat Thompson
Where Readers Rule…
Chris Powling on writing for Barrington Stoke - voted 2007’s “Children’s Publisher of the Year”.
PEOPLE BEHIND THE BOOK:
The Editor: Yvonne Hooker
Teachers as Readers
Building Communities of Readers
Words and Pictures Equally - Brian Selznick interviewed by Chris Stephenson
Sample articles from Carousel issue 37: Autumn 2007
Children Deserve The Best Television
The Background and Inspirations for APACHE
by Tanya Landman
Sample articles from Carousel issue 36: Summer 2007
Michael Rosen's editorial
Picture Book Reviews
The Carnegie Medal
Finding Out What Happens
Raiders from the Sea - the writing of Carnegie Medal winner, The Stronghold, by Mollie Hunter
Sample articles from Carousel issue 35: Spring 2007
Making Early Learning Fun
Whatever Happened to Children's Poetry?
Getting Things Right
Children in World War Two
- a personal choice of books
The Time Travelling Cat
- Julia Jarman talks about her series
Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy
Sample articles from Carousel issue 34: Autumn 2006
Sample articles from Carousel issue 33: Summer 2006
Sample articles from Carousel issue 31
Sample article from Carousel issue 30, Summer 2005
Sample articles from the Carousel, Summer 2004 issue
Sample article from the Summer 2003 issue
Sample articles from the Spring 2003 issue