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Our Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Our Christmas Gift Guide 2018

What a year it has been! We've met more new customers than ever before, and celebrated ...
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Beatrice Alemagna's Unique and Charming Picture Books

Beatrice Alemagna's Unique and Charming Picture Books

Alemagna manages to retain a recognisable aesthetic through all of her work, but for each new book she utilises different materials. Her illustrations have used collage, cutouts, paint, textured paper, transparent elements and coloured pencils.
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Our Top Five Picks for Older Readers

Our Top Five Picks for Older Readers

Our lovely customers come to us from all over Ireland and beyond for the best in illust...
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What "Square" Taught Us About Art

What "Square" Taught Us About Art

Anyone who has ever been to Tales for Tadpoles knows how much we love Jon Klassen! Thi...
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Robert Ingpen's Magical Classics

Robert Ingpen's Magical Classics

  Every month we blog about an illustrator that we love, giving you the opportunity to...
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Quiz: Which Children's Book Universe Should You Live In?

Quiz: Which Children's Book Universe Should You Live In?

Have you ever wondered where you would fit in in the children's book world? Would you b...
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The Incomparable Quentin Blake!

The Incomparable Quentin Blake!

Every month we blog about an illustrator that we love, giving you the opportunity to l...
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Our Top Books for Spring

Our Top Books for Spring

Spring has sprung on Drury Street! Well…sort of. While the weather can’t decide whethe...
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Shirley Hughes' Timeless Appeal

Shirley Hughes' Timeless Appeal

Shirley Hughes books and prints

Shirley Hughes is best known for her Alfie series, about the daily lives of a little boy called Alfie, his sister Annie Rose, and their family and community. Hughes' stories are warm and comforting and her illustration style is nostalgic and naturalistic. Children love her books because they can recognise their own daily lives in the stories, and adults love them for their sweetness and gentle humour. 

 

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Five Irish Picks for St. Patrick's Day

Five Irish Picks for St. Patrick's Day

We're lucky to be a shop based in Ireland, a country with so many great stories and ar...
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Layers of Meaning: Kaatje Vermeire's Innovative Illustrations

Layers of Meaning: Kaatje Vermeire's Innovative Illustrations

Kaatje Vermeire is just one of the great illustrators currently working on the continent, who are strangely underappreciated by English speaking audiences. Although many of her books have been translated, readers in Ireland and the UK tend to stick to what they know and miss out on the experimental, innovative approaches being taken by continental illustrators.
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Five Ways to Do Valentines Day Differently

Five Ways to Do Valentines Day Differently

Whether you celebrate Valentines, Pal-entines, Gal-entines or anti-Valentines-Day, som...
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Nordic Magic: Five of Our Favourites from the North

Nordic Magic: Five of Our Favourites from the North

Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past few years will have noticed t...
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The Man Who Made Miffy: Dick Bruna's Life and Art

The Man Who Made Miffy: Dick Bruna's Life and Art

Every month we blog about an illustrator that we love, giving you the opportunity to l...
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Tales for Tadpoles on the Late Late Toy Show

Our Christmas Gift Guide!

  The most wonderful time of the year is here! And this year has been extra special fo...
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Kay Nielsen: The Forgotten Genius

Kay Nielsen: The Forgotten Genius

Every month we focus a blog on an illustrator that we love, giving you the opportunity...
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Lesser Known Masterpieces from Your Favourite Illustrators

Lesser Known Masterpieces from Your Favourite Illustrators

A Drink of Water, illustrated by Quentin Blake The nature of children's books and chil...
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Chris Haughton's Illustrations

Chris Haughton's Deceptively Simple Storybooks

Every month we focus a blog on an illustrator that we love, giving you the opportunity...
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Seven Things You Didn't Know About Winnie-the-Pooh

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Winnie-the-Pooh

A.A. Milne's wonderful stories and poems about the bumbling bear Winnie-the-Pooh are l...
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Suburban Surrealism: The World of Shaun Tan

Suburban Surrealism: The World of Shaun Tan

Our Illustrator of the Month blog series is a chance to find out more about your favou...
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