Summer reading 2016: Picture books

James Lovegrove picks his books of the year so far

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This Is Not A Book, by Jean Jullien, Phaidon, RRP£6.95/$9.95

French graphic designer Jullien plays with the concept of the gutter between facing pages which in his bold, simple pictures becomes a tennis net, the apex of a tent, a tightrope, the hinge of a toolbox, even a bum-crack. A witty board book that’s perfect for inquisitive preliterate kids.

Harold’s Hungry Eyes, by Kevin Waldron, Phaidon, RRP£10.95/$16.95

Harold is a small dog with an insatiable appetite, who sees food everywhere. When his favourite comfy chair goes missing, he searches the city for it and gets lost; luckily his stomach guides him home. This hilariously silly book cleverly visualises everyday objects as edible items.

Nibbles the Book Monster, by Emma Yarlett, Little Tiger Press, RRP£11.99

Small, round, yellow monster Nibbles chews his way through a series of fairytale books, causing trouble wherever he goes. There are flaps to lift, cut-out holes to peek through and hidden details to find in an enchanting, daft and well thought-out bedtime read.

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