With the very first hints of spring appearing, what better time is there to look at books that tempt you to get outside and explore nature?
All of these books were sent to me free of charge by Little Tiger, but that doesn’t affect my opinions. Let’s get started!
Toddler Take-Along: Nature, My Outdoor Adventure by Becky Davies and Ana Zaja Petrak
This is such a sweet idea: a book with soft handles, so kids can carry it out with them on a walk and identify the things they see! I do think that perhaps photographs rather than illustrations might have been more useful on a practical level for recognition, but the artwork is adorable and nicely stylised, so you can point out similarities easily. Each page has a category like ‘bugs’ or ‘the sky’ with several things to spot – I can see this being a big hit on walks for us when it’s warm enough to spend some time exploring!
Hello Frog and Hello Bee by Sophie Ledesma and Isabel Otter
These sweet interactive books are full of colour and tempting flaps, textures and cut-outs to hold the attention. You can follow Frog and Bee around their habitats and say hello to all the animals, plants and insects they encounter under lots of different flaps, then everything is rounded up in a really nice, easy-to-read gallery spread at the end. I really enjoyed the whimsical touches – spiders in hats! ant bedrooms! – and the bright, blocky artwork. Lovely for fans of the Peekaboo and What Can You See? series.
Above and Below: Dusk till Dawn by Harriet Evans and Nic Jones
I loved the previous book in this series that I reviewed, Sea and Shore, and Dusk Till Dawn is just as lovely. This time, the split-page landscapes showcase all kinds of different habitats, from the Arctic tundra to the savannah, and all the nocturnal creatures who live there. This is a delicate book, with the split pages just made of regular paper, so it’s one for more careful kids, and the language is also more aimed at an older reader, though the chunks of text are small enough not to be scary. I love the detailed artwork and the calm natural colours – this is a book to pore over to spot everything.
This week in Kitten Corner I have an array of lovely animal-themed picture books to show you, so let’s jump right in! All these books were sent to me free of charge by the publishers, but that doesn’t affect my opinions.
This is Crab by Harriet Evans and Jacqui Lee, from Little Tiger
Continue reading “Kitten Corner: So Many Animals!”
I realised the other day that a lot of the books we’ve been reading recently have had an animal theme, so here’s a little round up! All of these books were sent to me for review by Little Tiger Books, but that doesn’t affect my opinions.
Sea by Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup
This book is full of gorgeous underwater scenes and enchanced with cool cut-outs that reveal different creatures on each page, which makes it feel full of depth and mystery! It’s accompanied by rhyming text that tells you a bit about each of the fish and animals, and has an overt moral about keeping the sea clean to protect ocean life, which is very important. All the sea creature favourites are here, from sharks to manatees, and kids will love spotting them in the detailed background as well as when they’re the focus. A very pretty read!
Continue reading “Kitten Corner: Animal Books!”
The first Jasper and Scruff book was a delightful story of two oddly-matched friends, and I couldn’t wait to read another of their adventures!
Continue reading “Review: Jasper and Scruff Take a Bow”
Tales from the Forest is a beautiful collection of original animal tales that I couldn’t resist the chance to review!
Continue reading “Review: Tales from the Forest”
If you’re looking for a sweet, fun read for the summer holidays, look no further!
Continue reading “Review: 44 Tiny Secrets”
I love an echidna, so I was over the moon when New Frontier Publishing offered me this beautiful picture book featuring one of the spiny little fellows!
Continue reading “Review: Little Puggle’s Song”
Here’s something you may not know about me: giant anteaters are my favourite animal! So when Nosy Crow offered me the chance to review their new picture book, What Does An Anteater Eat?, there was no way I was turning them down…
Continue reading “Review: What Does An Anteater Eat?”
When I first heard that there was going to be a magical Robin Hood story that picked up years after the heyday of the Merry Men, and focused on Maid Marian as a hedgewitch, I was pretty much in shock, because you could not find a more perfect concept for me. I’m pleased to say that Brightfall was actually even better than I imagined, and has become a firm favourite I think I’ll return to many times over the years.
Continue reading “Review: Brightfall”
Remember how much I loved Picklewitch and Jack? Well, the oddly-matched pair are back with a new adventure! Continue reading “Review: Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin”