The cover of this book drew me in straight away. With a beautiful washed out blue and gorgeous pastel colours, it is mesmerising. The story itself follows suit. Written in rhyming, lyrical text, the book is perfect in the lead up to bedtime to help wind Cassie down at the end of a busy day. We delve under the sea as the animals prepare for bedtime, snuggling close to their mums. Just gorgeous.
This is a gentle, serene book just perfect for reading to the young child at bed time ... The illustrations are in pastel colours also giving them a calming effect. The underwater scenes are iconic in their own way. Lisa Stewart’s time in Japan has influenced her art. This book is a perfect gift for a newborn as it is a celebration of love, family and bedtime.
Stewart’s mixed-media illustrations sustain the gentle lullaby theme with muted pastel colours and delightful animal families.
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Ocean Lullaby is a really lovely publication. Rhyming song-like text gently moves beneath the waves with a variety of sea life. Page colours and illustrations are soft and dreamlike. The themes of babies and parents and silently moving sea animals and plants is very restful. A perfect bed time story.
All the ocean’s animals are having a lovely, calm and restful time. This book will certainly help your little one to join them in that pursuit, with it’s gentle, lyrical, rhyming text and beautiful pastel illustrations of the ocean and its creatures.Ocean’s Lullaby is serene celebration of family and bedtime.
The full-colour illustrations add to the fun, and the variety in the design and typography heightens the enjoyment of the poems. (...) A Boat of Stars is highly recommended for children from preschool to upper primary.
Stewart’s illustration suit the gentle rhyming story. Lovely soft pastels and blurred florals hint of drowsy summer days and there are lots of enjoyable details for kids to ponder over. Together, Stewart and Hathorn build to a cracker of a surprise ending that will have kids roaring in appreciation.
Written by Libby Hathorn and beautifully illustrated by Lisa Stewart, Butterfly We’re Expecting You is an adventure for children as they explore backyards finding an array of creatures. With its textural front cover and illustrations expanding across whole pages, this is a delightful and gentle story that will make children get outside and explore for themselves.
The author’s love of poetry is evident in the rhythm and rhyme used in Butterfly We’re Expecting You. Libby Hathorn has created a lovely and unhurried mood in this read-a-loud story. The soft pastel colours used by illustrator Lisa Stewart gives the story a feeling of being bathed in the natural sunlight.
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.Written by beloved author Libby Hathorn and illustrated by the acclaimed Lisa Stewart, this beautiful book takes children on a wonderful journey through the backyard. Seeing all the wonders that can be found there.This amazingly simple book took my breath away. Whilst reading this book I wished I hade children to share it with.Lisa Stewart’s breathtaking illustrations perfectly compliment Libby Hathorn’s amazing story. This book is so sweet it will make your teeth ache.
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Gentle verse and lovely illustrations by these award-winning creators have combined in this special story of children exploring the outdoors and engaging with creatures they meet.
Evocative words create a calm tone for the story which is mirrored in the illustrations. Soft brushstrokes and pencil bring movement and expression to the pages. Little Bear is adorable. The muted colours of winter at the beginning, contrasts with the fresh bright colours of spring at the end, and both are highlighted by the dark pages in between while the bears are in the cave. But even here, a circle of glowing light surrounds Little Bear, making the dark cosy.The illustrations also bring strongly the emotion of isolation bear feels when he is awake, alone, then the connection with family when he snuggles in to sleep.
The illustrations, using soft colours in watercolour and gouache, are just beautiful, and teamed with the gentle text make this a lovely bedtime story.
Stewart’s illustrations add a gentle softness and make this a perfect read-aloud for bedtime, or any time at all.
Outback Lullaby is one of those gorgeously illustrated books that you will love to read with your young child as a book before bedtime. In truth, the illustrations star in this book as the illustrator, Lisa Stewart, has used a range of mediums including watercolours, gouache, collage, rice papers, and pencils to create stunningly beautiful depictions of native Australian animals.
The illustrations are also soft, with the colours of the Australian outback showing the landscapes these animals sleep (and live) in. They have a luminous quality to them, which evokes beautifully the twilight hours of bedtime for the young.
Perfect for bedtime, Outback Lullaby is the third lullaby title from the team of Odgers and Stewart and is perfect for babies and toddlers.
Lisa Stewart’s illustrations are gentle and muted - kids will love them.
These rhymes are perfectly matched to Lisa Stewart’s engaging animals that are expressively painted and drawn with their soft edges blending into the earthy pastel backgrounds.
Lisa Stewart’s soft, pastel toned illustrations delightfully capture Fiery’s emotions and determined, brave actions in the snowy night sky.
Even if you didn’t have the inimitable Sophie Masson writing the story, the book would be worth buying just for the art.
The soft illustrations in this book compliment the text perfectly
Jam for Nana is beautifully and simply illustrated with drawings that imbue the story with a quality of reminiscence.
The illustrations are delicate and subtle and perfectly complement the evocative passages in this book.
Again, Stewart’s illustrations are perfect for the text, with pastel backgrounds setting off the true-to-life yet beautifully artistic details.
Stewart’s images are soft and whimsical – a bit like a lullaby. They so perfectly complement the gentle tones of Odger’s poem
The delicate illustrations, created using watercolour, gouache, rice papers and pencil, are wonderfully textured with soft calming colours and the animals, especially the babies, are very cute.
Lisa’s stunning illustrations portray a heavy Japanese influence... she brings a sense of gentleness and peace to the gorgeous words
The illustrations – a mix of collage and drawing – are gorgeous representations of Australian animals
Lisa Stewart’s illustrations of sleepy rainforest babies are adorable and beautifully evoke the rainforest as it slumbers
Lisa Stewart’s illustrations have soft, muted colours, and are very textural and evocative of the creatures they represent
Lisa Stewart did a sterling job with the artwork which is in glorious soft pastel colours
Just exquisite in every way: from the lullaby lyrics to the delicate pastel illustrations
Stewart’s illustrations are soft and restful, there is nothing complex or busy to distract from the central focus
Lisa was the perfect choice for the pictures
the soft gouache illustrations reflect the colours of the Australian environment
Lisa Stewart has created delicate images which capture the love and devotion between mother and child
perfectly complemented by gorgeous illustrations of baby owl by Lisa Stewart that look so soft and fluffy it is hard to resist reaching out to touch them
but it is Stewart’s highly decorative collage illustrations that totally enchant...this book is a visual delight
Lisa Stewart’s stunning collage illustrations make this a book to be treasured