Here are some of Minipreneur’s favourite children’s books this spring published by Faber and Graffeg. With a rich heritage spanning over nine decades, Faber has been a steadfast guardian of imagination, bringing forth tales that captivate and inspire young minds. From timeless classics to contemporary gems, Faber’s dedication to quality and innovation has made them a beacon of literary excellence. Nestled in the heart of Wales is another esteemed publisher. Graffeg is a treasure trove of creativity, known for its eclectic blend of captivating narratives and breathtaking illustrations. With a passion for showcasing the beauty of Welsh culture and beyond, Graffeg’s collection of children’s books invites readers of all ages to explore fantastical realms and embark on unforgettable adventures. Join us as we delve into the enchanting realm of the latest children’s books  from these two fantastic publishers.

Space Tortoise by Ross Montgomery & David Litchfield

Written by Ross Montgomery with enchanting illustrations by David Litchfield, Space Tortoise invites young readers on a magical journey filled with courage and kindness. Set against the backdrop of an old playground, Tortoise embarks on a quest for companionship, gazing at the stars for guidance. Montgomery’s lyrical prose beautifully explores themes of bravery and acceptance, captivating young readers with Tortoise’s heartfelt quest for connection.

Litchfield’s stunning illustrations breathe life into the story, transporting readers to a whimsical world filled with vibrant imagery and wonder. From the twinkling night sky to the rusty playground, each illustration is imbued with a sense of magic and adventure, enhancing the enchanting atmosphere of the tale. Through his artwork, Litchfield captures the essence of Tortoise’s journey, evoking emotions of empathy and joy.

Space Tortoise is a touching and poignant tale that celebrates the power of courage and acceptance. Whether enjoyed as a bedtime story or shared during storytelling sessions, this book is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Join Tortoise on his magical adventure and discover a world where anything is possible. With its timeless message and exquisite illustrations, this book is a must-have addition to any child’s library.

£7.99 (paperback) published by Faber

My Daddy is Hilarious! by Gavin Puckett & Chris Jevons

With words by Gavin Puckett and pictures by Chris Jevons, My Daddy is Hilarious! is an uproarious celebration of fatherhood that is bound to leave readers of all ages in stitches. Winner of the prestigious Greenhouse Funny Prize, Puckett delivers a side-splitting adventure that showcases the zany antics of Dad. From sporting outrageous hairstyles to donning eccentric outfits, Dad’s hilarious escapades take centre stage in this laugh-out-loud picture book.

With each turn of the page, readers are treated to a new dose of Dad’s comedic genius, as he embarks on wild and wacky adventures that are sure to elicit giggles and grins. Jevons’ vibrant illustrations perfectly capture the absurdity of Dad’s antics, bringing his larger-than-life personality to vivid life. From towering mohawks to outlandish costumes, Dad’s antics are depicted with exuberance and humour, adding to the joyous atmosphere of the story.

My Daddy is Hilarious! is more than just a funny book – it’s a heartwarming celebration of the special bond between fathers and their children. Through Puckett’s witty storytelling and Jevons’ expressive artwork, readers are invited to join Dad on a joyous journey filled with love, laughter, and plenty of silly surprises. This Father’s Day, treat Dad to the gift of laughter with this delightful and entertaining picture book.

£6.99 (paperback) published by Faber

There’s a Tiger on the Train by Mariesa Dulak & Rebecca Cobb

Written by Mariesa Dulak and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, There’s a Tiger on the Train is a whimsical and delightful tale of an unexpected journey to the seaside. As a boy and his dad board the train, little do they know that they’re in for an extraordinary adventure. With lively and engaging rhymes, Dulak takes readers on a wild ride as various animals, including a tiger in a top hat, join them on their journey. Cobb’s charming illustrations bring the story to life, capturing the hilarity of the situation as the train carriage fills up with an eclectic mix of creatures.

The heart of the story lies in the relationship between the boy and his dad, subtly highlighting the importance of being present and attentive to the world around us. While the dad remains engrossed in his phone, oblivious to the menagerie of animals sharing their carriage, it’s up to the boy to navigate the chaos and capture his dad’s attention. Through this entertaining and imaginative tale, Dulak gently reminds readers of the joy that comes from embracing the unexpected and finding magic in the ordinary.

Mariesa Dulak’s latest picture book showcases her talent for storytelling, while Rebecca Cobb’s vibrant illustrations perfectly complement the whimsical narrative. There’s a Tiger on the Train is sure to captivate young readers with its delightful blend of humour, adventure, and heartwarming moments, making it a wonderful addition to any children’s bookshelf.

£7.99 (paperback) published by Faber

Bad Panda: Mites, Camera, Action! by Swapna Haddow & Sheena Dempsey

With cover artwork by Sheena Dempsey, Bad Panda: Mites, Camera, Action! by Swapna Haddow is the third uproariously funny instalment in the beloved Bad Panda series. With over 355,000 Swapna and Sheena books sold, this latest adventure promises abundant laughs on every page, accompanied by delightful two-colour illustrations.

In this hilarious tale, lovable Lin and her best friend Fu find themselves in the midst of chaos when a documentary crew arrives at the zoo to film everyday life with the animals. However, the reality proves to be rather dull, prompting the crew to bring in animal actors to spice things up. But Lin and Fu are unimpressed by the prancing lion stealing the spotlight, and the smaller creatures, the mites, feel overshadowed. Determined to reclaim their rightful place, Lin and Fu unleash their signature brand of bad pandaness, uniting insects and pandas to create an authentic and entertaining show about real zoo life.

The latest Bad Panda book is perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, offering an engaging and humorous story that will keep them entertained from beginning to end. With its lovable characters, witty narrative, and playful illustrations, this book is sure to be a hit with readers of all ages.

£7.99 (paperback) published by Faber

Christopher Nibble by Charlotte Middleton

Written & illustrated by world-renowned author Charlotte Middleton, Christopher Nibble is a delightful tale set in the charming town of Dandeville, where guinea pigs happily munch on dandelion leaves for every meal. However, when the once plentiful dandelions start to disappear, nobody seems to take notice except for Christopher Nibble. Determined to take action, Christopher discovers the very last dandelion and makes a promise to protect it. This heartwarming story teaches valuable lessons about environmental conservation and the importance of taking care of our natural resources.

This educational and engaging story is perfect for children who love guinea pigs or enjoy tales that highlight the importance of environmental stewardship. Charlotte Middleton’s whimsical illustrations and captivating text bring the world of Dandeville to life, making it easy for young readers to connect with Christopher Nibble and his quest to save the last dandelion.

Christopher Nibble is not only an entertaining read but also a valuable resource for teaching children about the significance of preserving nature and the power of individual action. With its timeless message and charming illustrations, this classic tale overconsumption and caring for the environment is sure to captivate readers and inspire them to make a positive difference in the world around them.

£7.99 (paperback) published by Graffeg

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke

Written by Julia Rawlinson with whimsical illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke, this is a heartwarming picture book that celebrates the joys of spring and the unexpected twists that nature can bring. As Fletcher and his friends eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring, they are surprised to find the ground covered in a blanket of white snow instead of the blossoms they were expecting. Determined to understand the reason behind this unusual occurrence, Fletcher embarks on a quest to uncover the truth, leading to a delightful and uplifting journey for young readers.

This charming story, the first of four Fletcher titles themed around the passing seasons, captures the essence of wonder and discovery that comes with the joys of spring. Julia Rawlinson’s enchanting storytelling transports readers into Fletcher’s world, where the magic of nature unfolds in delightful ways. Tiphanie Beeke’s illustrations beautifully complement the story, bringing to life the vibrant characters and the enchanting springtime setting.

With its engaging storyline and captivating illustrations, Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom is a perfect addition to any children’s bookshelf. Julia Rawlinson’s talent for storytelling combined with Tiphanie Beeke’s artistic vision creates a captivating reading experience that will leave young readers eagerly awaiting the next instalment in Fletcher’s seasonal adventures.

£12.99 (hardback) published by Graffeg

Dee and Flee at the Theme Park by Julia Hubery and Laura Wood

Written by talented author Julia Hubery with endearing illustrations by Laura Wood, Dee and Flee at the Theme Park invites young readers on an exciting adventure with Dee and Flee as they embark on their first day as Happy Helpers at Miles of Smiles Adventure Park. Eager to impress, the duo has spent the week practicing their smiles, but soon discover that there’s more to their new job than just grinning. As they encounter challenges throughout the day, Dee and Flee must rely on teamwork and perseverance to overcome obstacles and make their day a success.

This humorous and heartwarming story serves as an excellent introduction to the hospitality and tourism industry, offering young readers a glimpse into the skills and experiences needed for careers in this field. Through Dee and Flee’s escapades, children learn valuable lessons about the importance of cooperation, resilience, and adaptability when faced with new and challenging situations.

With its engaging narrative and vibrant illustrations, Dee and Flee at the Theme Park is ideal for reading aloud to your young child or for independent reading by older children. This delightful tale is sure to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages, leaving them eager for more adventures with Dee and Flee.

£9.99 (paperback) published by Graffeg