Feature and Follow Friday: Picture Books (3)

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This week’s topic:

What were some of your favourite picture books as a kid?

You know, I always loved books, even as a kid that couldn’t read. I had several favourites I could recite backwards before I could even write. This is due to my dad telling me these stories over and over again every night until I had them memorised (that memory later came in handy during my short-lived acting career).

Here are my fondest picture books from when I was a child:



It’s no coincidence that the first two books detail parents looking for some peace and quiet from their families/everyday lives. My mother wasn’t very… shall we say… hands on with her children, and I often felt as her daughter that I was a burden when she would rather have time to herself. These two books, both by author Jill Murphy, detail how parents never get a moment to themselves.


I’ve just realised this is another Jill Murphy book. So my parents were cool enough to provide 3 of her picture books but none of her Worst Witch books? NOT HAPPY, PARENTS. ANYWAY, this was the first book I memorised. It is about a nasty little liar who can’t help but make up tales to impress her friends, even if those tales are non-sensical, because she hates the mundanity of her every day life. This is the book that taught me not to lie. Seriously. Oh, and it’s awesome.


Sigh. THIS BOOK. ALL THE FEELS. Every time a new baby is born into my extended family, we give this book. It’s a rhyming book that cameos many famous and popular folk and fairy tale characters. It’s amazing, and still in print even after all these years.


My brother hated this book because he’s a pussy he hated the idea of losing a loved one. With personal tragedy in our lives I kind of don’t blame him, but this beautiful story of a child losing his doggie best friend to old age still makes me cry. it doesn’t help that I lost my 20 year old cat almost a year ago, the kitty I grew up with and considered my furry, tiny, biting sister. It is seriously the most amazing picture book ever and you need to read it. I think my mother gave it to my cousin when their dog died. Bitch.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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12 thoughts on “Feature and Follow Friday: Picture Books (3)

  1. Donna @ A Happy Booker

    I remember “I’ll Always Love You”. I’m dreading the day when we lose our family dog, he wasn’t a puppy when we first rescued him so he’s aging quickly. My boys will be devastated when it finally happens. It’s great that there are books like this to help younger kids to process those feelings.

    1. Nemo

      I’m not going to lie to you, it’s going to be one of the worst days of your life. You’ll be losing a family member and will experience the worst of emotional pain, the broken heart. When my cat died I felt like my heart had been split in twain. The important thing is to allow the grieving. Kids tend to recover faster from these kinds of emotional trauma than adults do, by the way.

  2. Johanna

    Hey, great picks. I enjoy reading about everyone’s childhood reading memories. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of your guy’s books because I’m from Germany and we had different books over here.

    New Follower via Bloglovin.

    This is my Follow Friday!

  3. Becky

    Oh wow, I don’t think I know any of these… they all look super cute though. Also, looking at your series banners over there –> and you have some awesome taste in books. 🙂 new follower via bloglovin’!
    -Becky (my FF)

    1. Nemo

      Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by! I’m not sure if my comment got through on your blog, but I am following you on Bloglovin!

  4. pookapicks

    I’m definitely going to look up those first three books. I work in a Children’s Library & I’ve never read them! For shame, right?!

    The cover illustration on the first one reminded me of a newish book called “Kid Tea.” It’s pretty cute:

    I’m more of a coffee girl, myself, though. 😉

    Here’s my FF, if you’re interested!:

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