My apologies again for not posting last week’s Easy Picture Book roundup on Wednesday. To make it up to you I’ve decided to make this week Children’s Book Week. I have a whole bunch of really neat kid’s books and hope you will enjoy them.
Today’s selections are both by Jez Alborough who has written and illustrated a number of delightful children’s book featuring clever rhymes and exaggerated animal characters.
Tall is a book that has only three words: “small”, “tall”, and “mommy”. The narrative burden is carried primarily through Alborough’s skilled drawings which show us the baby monkey, who identifies himself as “small”. But when he climbs on the frog’s back he declares himself “Tall”. The frog gives way to the lion and the lion to the elephant until the little baby monkey is perched way up high atop the giraffe’s ears. Whence he slips and falls and his mommy comes running and catches him just as he’s about to land. A very sweet book and Highly Recommended.
Duck’s Key Where Can It Be? is a clever “Lift The Tab” book where readers lift the tab on each illustration to reveal that frog is playing hide and seek with duck’s key. Under the doormat, behind the potted plant, in the mailbox and even in the car’s engine compartment, frog remains one step ahead of duck, until finally allowing duck to find the key in the car’s ignition slot. (Then duck drives off without his suitcase and the final lifted flap shows frog yelling for duck to come back for his suitcase.) Highly Recommended. Please be sure to come back tomorrow for more childrens books here on The Thin Red Line. Happy Monday!