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Friday 20 September 2013

Review: Munch!

Matthew Van Fleet's gorgeous, iconic books for the very young never fail to delight. It's absolutely no surprise his books have achieved sales in the millions and a regular slot on the New York Times Bestseller list.

In this latest release--Munch!--we meet the mouths of several adorable critters, including our cover star--a rather hungry crocodile. There's a goat mouth--bearded. A hyena mouth--laughing. A bunny mouth nibbling and a pelican mouth, holding a lot inside!

Some of the mouths, like the croc and the pelican, can be moved open and shut with a full-page pull tab ... super hardy for enthusiastic little hands.

Van Fleet's characters are (typically) full of humour and charm. I particularly love the hippo and her mouth that simply doesn't know when to shut--blah blah blah--and the pig's eye-rolling reaction.

I love the simple but creative text, the colours, the rhythm, the movement in this book. It's so wonderful to see toddler/baby books that are as much fun for the adults reading them, as they are for the tots. How else can we instill a love of books if we don't enjoy the books we're reading them?

Gorgeous stuff.

Other books in the series:

Title: Munch!
Author/Illustrator: Matthew Van Fleet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 29 August 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781471118593
For ages: 0 - 4
Type: Board Book, Picture Book