Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels
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Protesting chickens, a mischievous bear, hunt the ballerinas and a Swedish horror story

In the last days of winter, warm your cockles with a story – of birds, badgers, bears, ballerinas, chocolate, curly hair or dragons. From the “Maisy” series creator Lucy Cousins comes A Busy Day for Birds (Walker), a picture book aviary of brilliantly painted plumage. Full of funny instructions (“Say ‘Hello, darling!’ Then swoop like a starling”), it’s a riotous, interactive, zingingly colourful book –...

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