Anorak's Top Eleven Books of 2015.

One of the greatest joys of running Anorak is being exposed to so many beautiful and inspiring books. We have read and reviewed hundreds this year, but these are the ones that are on our favourite list for being beautifully illustrated and a joy to read again and again.

Being Anorak's list, all of these books are most suitable for kids aged 6+ but we know they will be enjoyed by the whole family! 

  Anna & Froga  - Fore by Anouk Ricard (Drawn & Quarterly) We are HUGE fans of this bunch of unusual pals who always get up to great mischief. This is the latest instalment in a series that manages to capture the joys and pains of being a kid like no other.  The funniest and 'fun-est' book of the year.  Get yours here.

 

Anna & Froga  - Fore by Anouk Ricard (Drawn & Quarterly)

We are HUGE fans of this bunch of unusual pals who always get up to great mischief. This is the latest instalment in a series that manages to capture the joys and pains of being a kid like no other.  The funniest and 'fun-est' book of the year. 

Get yours here.

  Timeline - a Visual History of Our World by Peter Goes (Gecko Press) A stunningly illustrated book about the history of the world. Each spread refers to one particular episode in the history of our planet, from dinosaurs up to our current decade. It is a really absorbing book and perfect for all little and big history buffs. Get yours here.

 

Timeline - a Visual History of Our World by Peter Goes (Gecko Press)

A stunningly illustrated book about the history of the world. Each spread refers to one particular episode in the history of our planet, from dinosaurs up to our current decade. It is a really absorbing book and perfect for all little and big history buffs.

Get yours here.

  Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri (Penguin Dial Books) This book has great storytelling, lovely illustrations and fun interaction at its heart. It starts off with the story of a boy who learns the secret of a magic potion (Robo-Sauce) that can turn anything into a robot. Including this book! Through ingenious paper folding, you end up with a different book, all 'robotised'. Such fun! Orders yours here.

 

Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri (Penguin Dial Books)

This book has great storytelling, lovely illustrations and fun interaction at its heart. It starts off with the story of a boy who learns the secret of a magic potion (Robo-Sauce) that can turn anything into a robot. Including this book! Through ingenious paper folding, you end up with a different book, all 'robotised'. Such fun!

Orders yours here.

  A Book of Feelings by Amanda MacCardie and Salvatore Rubbino (Walker Books) This book follows two kids and their dog for one day and explores how many feelings they experience in this short 24 hours. Exquisitely illustrated, it is a book that has great purpose and that will spark interesting conversations with your little ones. Get yours here. 

 

A Book of Feelings by Amanda MacCardie and Salvatore Rubbino (Walker Books)

This book follows two kids and their dog for one day and explores how many feelings they experience in this short 24 hours. Exquisitely illustrated, it is a book that has great purpose and that will spark interesting conversations with your little ones.

Get yours here

  The Doll's House by Annu Kilpelainen (Cicada Books) A stunning book to play with rather than read, it folds out into a house complete with a garage,  kitchen and a lounge. If you want to see how it works, check this video here. This is the most beautiful, unisex and portable dolls house we have ever seen!  Order yours here.

 

The Doll's House by Annu Kilpelainen (Cicada Books)

A stunning book to play with rather than read, it folds out into a house complete with a garage,  kitchen and a lounge. If you want to see how it works, check this video here. This is the most beautiful, unisex and portable dolls house we have ever seen! 

Order yours here.

  The Great Journey by Vincent Godeau and Agathe Demois (Tate Publishing) Not many books make us gasp. This one definitely did. In fact, we broke records on the longest jaw-drop ever when we discovered this magical book. It tells the story of a bird's journey around the world, from cities to the jungle. It comes with a magical paper magnifying glass which reveals in each scene exquisite hidden things. A must buy!  Get yours here. 

 

The Great Journey by Vincent Godeau and Agathe Demois (Tate Publishing)

Not many books make us gasp. This one definitely did. In fact, we broke records on the longest jaw-drop ever when we discovered this magical book. It tells the story of a bird's journey around the world, from cities to the jungle. It comes with a magical paper magnifying glass which reveals in each scene exquisite hidden things. A must buy! 

Get yours here

  Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow, illustrated by Erik Blegvad (New York Review) Need the recipe for a Mud Pie? Well, this book is for you! This delightfully funny book will teach all budding chefs how to make not only the tastiest of all mud pies but also wood chip dip and bark sandwiches. Essential grub for teddies and other food adventurers! This is definitely the scrummiest and most imaginative recipe book we know of. Get yours here. 

 

Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow, illustrated by Erik Blegvad (New York Review)

Need the recipe for a Mud Pie? Well, this book is for you! This delightfully funny book will teach all budding chefs how to make not only the tastiest of all mud pies but also wood chip dip and bark sandwiches. Essential grub for teddies and other food adventurers! This is definitely the scrummiest and most imaginative recipe book we know of.

Get yours here

  Home by Carson Ellis (Walker Books) This charming book is all about the different incarnations of what 'home' means. For some of us, it might be a flat in the city and for others it might be a shoe. It is one of these delicately illustrated books that we constantly revisit, finding many joys in it every time. Get yours here. 

 

Home by Carson Ellis (Walker Books)

This charming book is all about the different incarnations of what 'home' means. For some of us, it might be a flat in the city and for others it might be a shoe. It is one of these delicately illustrated books that we constantly revisit, finding many joys in it every time.

Get yours here

  Asterix and The Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri, illustrated by Didier Conrad (Hachette) An Asterix new book is always a cause for celebration at Anorak Towers and this brand new one doesn't disappoint. In this new adventure, Caesar - with the help of ghost writer Blockbustus (!!) - embarks on writing a book about conquering The Gauls. Trouble ensues when the Gauls discover their arch-enemy's rather subjective narrative! Classic Asterix at its best. Order yours here. 

 

Asterix and The Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri, illustrated by Didier Conrad (Hachette)

An Asterix new book is always a cause for celebration at Anorak Towers and this brand new one doesn't disappoint. In this new adventure, Caesar - with the help of ghost writer Blockbustus (!!) - embarks on writing a book about conquering The Gauls. Trouble ensues when the Gauls discover their arch-enemy's rather subjective narrative! Classic Asterix at its best.

Order yours here

  Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Harpers Collins Children) This sweet and heartwarming book explores what happens when an imaginary friend gets replaced by a real friend. It is a dilemma that some of us may be too old to remember but it will certainly resonate with all kids and the young at heart!   Get yours here. 

 

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Harpers Collins Children)

This sweet and heartwarming book explores what happens when an imaginary friend gets replaced by a real friend. It is a dilemma that some of us may be too old to remember but it will certainly resonate with all kids and the young at heart!  

Get yours here

  Nicholas by  René Goscinny, illustrations by Jean-Jacques Sempé (Phaidon) This series of five books was first created at the end of the 1950s, and has been enjoyed by generations of kids since then. We are HUGE FANS of Nicholas'  adventures, as they are filled with universal and timeless fun, mischief and drama. Think of it as the precursor of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid!  Get yours here. 

 

Nicholas by  René Goscinny, illustrations by Jean-Jacques Sempé (Phaidon)

This series of five books was first created at the end of the 1950s, and has been enjoyed by generations of kids since then. We are HUGE FANS of Nicholas'  adventures, as they are filled with universal and timeless fun, mischief and drama. Think of it as the precursor of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid! 

Get yours here