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Sunday 12 February 2012

Review: Having Fun! and On the Go!


Being a toddler is all about having fun, of course - and these bright and tactile books from Child's Play epitomise the early years and their adventuresome antics.

In Having Fun!, two little tots roll and wrestle just like dogs on the grass. They splash and splosh like dolphins at the beach. They slip and slide like otters on a sled. It's all about movement and exploration when you're little, and with lift-the-flap pages paralleling kids with the antics of animals, little ones will warmly relate to both image and text. I particularly love the use of onomatopoeia.

In On the Go!, a series of toddling babies meet a line-up of animals who jump, waddle, crawl and climb their way through the book. Opening the lift-the-flap recto page showcases, once again, the child paralleling the animal on the preceding double page spread.

Beautifully-designed with striking, totally toddler-friendly illustrations by Jess Stockham, these books are just two in a gorgeous series of Just Like Me/Just Like Us board books. See more at the Child's Play website.

Title: Having Fun! and On the Go!
Author/Illustrator: Jess Stockham
Publisher: Child's Play, $12.95 RRP
Publication Date: December 2006
ISBN: 9781846431784 / 9781846430497
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 0 - 3 
Type: Board Book