One of the many things we believe necessary to our picture books is stunning illustration - and in her latest book, Red Panda's Toffee Apples, Ruth Paul has used a very classic, very vintage illustration style we love.
For me, it harks back to my own golden age of picture books - when curling up to read with my mum or dad, this soft, gentle sort of work was always a favourite.
Red Panda is selling toffee apples. They are very sticky. But will there be enough for all his friends?
Red Panda and his friends are rendered in a style parents will remember, providing a lovely opportunity to share memories (and a love of reading, of course!) with younger children. And the story is a wonderful gateway to parental and grandparental nostalgia for anyone who has ever run a toffee apple or lemonade stand!
Ruth Paul lives in an off-grid straw bale house in the middle of a paddock under a wind farm just outside Wellington, New Zealand. As well as writing and illustrating children's picture books, Ruth is mother to two children and wife to one husband. Ruth started writing and illustrating her own picture books in 2004.
Read more about Red Panda's Toffee Apples here, or learn more about the friends in Ruth's lovely Hedgehog's Magic Tricks.