Lauren Child has just been announced as the 10th Waterstones Children's Laureate.
'Child's 1960s-inflected collage-style art is as appealing as ever, and her narrative...carries an unimpeachable message, namely that people are more complicated than the labels they are assigned.'
The former laureate Child's insightful picture book is perceptive about an important aspect of childhood behaviour. Strikingly stylish, balancing simplicity and busy pattern, it considers the siblings Chirton and Myrtle, who are cast, respectively, as good and bad, but find a mixture of both in themselves.
This is a charming story which encourages children to think about the importance of kindness and what sort of person they want to be. Another surefire hit from Lauren Child.