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Tuesday 6 August 2013

Tania's Picks: I Hear... and Flight 1-2-3

One thing I have quite the obsession with, is books of high-quality graphic design. These books are so very good for babies and toddlers because the wordage is usually minimal and the image is mostly of such high contrast, it pulls and pushes and re-forms the minds of little ones--into something wonderful.

These two colourful, high-design books are some of my favourite recent titles for babies and toddlers. Buy two copies, tear out the pages and frame them for your children's walls!

There are lots of things to hear in this great big world, and it's not only the typical, everyday things like bees buzzing and birds singing. It's also slurping. A heart beating. Footsteps crunching. A balloon popping.

This gorgeous book features block-colour illustrations and lovely large typeface kids will love. A central page features a vellum page which alternately becomes either a balloon or the bawling mouth of a baby.

This range of books also features such titles as I See... I Taste... I Smell... and I Touch... See patrickgeorge.biz.

Title: I Hear...
Author/Illustrator: PatrickGeorge
Publisher: PatrickGeorge, $17.99 RRP
Publication Date:  2 October 2012
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781908473073
For ages: 0 - 4
Type: Picture Book, Books for Toddlers and Babies

Modern children are spending an increasing amount of time in aeroplanes and in airports, and even the smallest kids quickly develop an understandable fascination with aircraft. In this striking book, kids can take a yellow cab to the airport. They can load up their luggage trolley, check in, take the escalators to departures, and throw all their forbidden items, like scissors and water bottles, into the rubbish bins.

They can then board the flight, enjoy the incredible scenery on high, and of course, make it through baggage claim to greet long-lost rellies, all via some pretty extraordinary, high-impact imagery. This is the perfect book to take on long plane trips.

Title: Flight 1-2-3
Author/Illustrator: Maria van Lieshout
Publisher: Chronicle, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2 April 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781452116624
For ages: 0 - 4
Type: Picture Book, Books for Toddlers and Babies