I Will Not Wear Pink nominated for Kate Greenaway 2017

October 20, 2016

I Will Not Wear Pink has been nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017.

English Association review I Will Not Wear Pink

September 22, 2016

What a coup for this newly established publishing house - a new book from this winning and vastly experienced mother/daughter team. It bears all their hallmarks: exuberant, playful language, humour, endearing illustrations and it is a joy to read aloud

Margaret Pemberton reviews Seal Children & I Will Not Wear Pink

August 04, 2016

Margaret Pemberton use to run the Schools Library Service in Bristol and continues to recommend books to schools in the area. Read what she has to say about I Will Not Wear Pink and The Seal Children.

Parents in Touch review I Will Not Wear Pink

July 15, 2016

"Plunkett has been invited to a party by Priscilla - but he must wear pink. Never, he says. Riotous rhyming text sees Plunkett in all sorts of pink... and finally he discovers that there is one shade of pink that is just perfect. Happily, Priscilla agrees with Plunkett and the two pigs fly happily away... all in pink! Just be yourself, and all will be perfect, is the theme of this entertaining story."   

5 stars for Kangaroo Kisses & I Will Not Wear Pink

July 14, 2016

Read what Books for Keeps has to say about Kangaroo Kisses and I Will Not Wear Pink in these 5-star reviews.

Armadillo Magazine reviews I Will Not Wear Pink

July 14, 2016

"Whether you are five or fifty you are sure to enjoy reading this exhilarating and amusing story together."

Booktrust on I Will Not Wear Pink

July 07, 2016

Booktust reviews I Will Not Wear Pink  by Joyce and Polly Dunbar.

Dolphin Book Blog reviews Otter-Barry titles

June 16, 2016

Read what the Dolphin Book Blog has to say about Otter-Barry Books' Spring titles: The Seal Children, The Princess and the Castle, Immi, I Will Not Wear Pink, Zim Zam Zoom! and Kangaroo Kisses.

Booktrust's best books for June

May 31, 2016

Poetry title, Zim Zam Zoom! and Jackie Morris' The Seal Children selected for the Booktrust's Best Books for June. 

Read it Daddy reviews

May 04, 2016

"Checking out Otter Barry Books, we're in absolute awe of their first batch of titles" Read it Daddy reviews The Princess and the Castle, Zim Zam Zoom and The Seal Children

Red Reading Hub reviews I Will Not Wear Pink

May 04, 2016

"Altogether a bravura performance by mother and daughter. One gets the impression that both Joyce and Polly Dunbar had an equally terrific time creating this gloriously dotty, thoroughly upbeat celebration of being yourself."

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A Child's Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson with foreword by Alexander McCall Smith

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,

Another child, far, far away,

And in another garden play.

First published to mark the collection's centenary year of 1985, A Child’s Garden of Verses is now published in a beautiful, hardback gift format, with imitation cloth binding and head and tail bands. It includes a foreword by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith.

A Child's Garden of Verses
A Child's Garden of Verses
A Child's Garden of Verses
A Child's Garden of Verses

September 2017

£14.99 : HB

230 x 180mm  128 pages

Age 5+


You will find and be able to order our books in all good bookshops.  If you want to buy online our preferred online retailer in the UK is www.hive.co.uk or for US customers, Indiebound.

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IBBY Link review A Child's Garden of Verses

The tenderness shown by Foreman to his subject strengthens the message for all parents to share the garden and play and give their children the chance to experience Stevenson’s recapturing of a transient sense of wonder and enchanting pleasure:

Books Go Walkabout review A Child's Garden of Verses

This book will make a wonderful present  and will add to any school, library and home collection. I am off to read some of the poems now, by the fireside and ready to dream!

Playing by the Book reviews A Child's Garden of Verses

Foreman’s glorious illustrations for A Child’s Garden of Verses were first published on the collection’s centenary in 1985. A mixture of full colour illustrations and black and white sketches, all are full of warmth and playfulness, drawing out aspects of Stevenson’s poetry and helping the Victorian words feel fresh and immediate.      


This particular edition is eminently worthy of wrapping up beautifully and placing under a tree; hardback, with a very stroke-able cloth-like cover and ribbon bookmark, Foreman’s illustrations are beautifully reproduced so their colours sing and dance across the pages.    One of the joys I find in poetry is how it can bring people together; different generations in different parts of the world can have read the same poem and have a shared experience despite all the distance and difference, and this edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses would be wonderful to gift across the generations; grandparents, parents and children can all find a space they share together within the pages of this keepsake book

Red Reading Hub reviews A Child's Garden of Verses

"Here’s a beautiful book of those same poems that were first published in 1885, and a century later illustrated by Michael Foreman, beautifully packaged with a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith for a new generation of listeners and readers. For me Foreman is the perfect illustrator for the poems, his watercolours imbuing them with a sense of timelessness and innocence. One for the family bookshelf."

A Child's Garden of Verses featured in the Carousel Christmas Guide

A beautiful gift book stunningly illustrated … here is a wonderful opportunity for a new generation of families to discover these delightful poems and immerse themselves in the poet’s world which is lovingly recreated through the artwork.  

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