If Steve Antony’s tongue-in-cheek Betty series is to be believed, it’s almost uncanny how much a baby gorilla has in common with the average 2– to 4-year-old human child.
In this deceptively simple counting book, five creatures lurk around a “creepy haunted house” until they run into something apparently even scarier that sends them running.
“In the city there is a zoo. In the zoo there is a lion. In the lion there is a… dentist [!!!]” So as not to spoil the story, it suffices to say that cumulative stories are almost always a hit with kids since it’s a clever way of building narrative momentum, as well as anticipation for what’s coming next — particularly when they are as fun and well done as this one.
That The Napping House was one of the most read books in our household when my kids were littler, as well as one of the few “baby” books that both of them STILL request for occasionally, speaks volumes about the incredible enduring popularity of Audrey and Don Wood’s memorable cumulative tale.
When a little girl offers to make her daddy a sandwich with all of his “favourite things”, things get a liiittle out of hand…
Originally published with a different title and illustrations, this is probably one of the lesser known works by Ruth Krauss.
Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard’s Noisy Book series from the ’30s-’50s, Kevin Henkes has adopted the simple, direct and child-friendly style of writing in the refreshingly quirky Circle Dogs that takes us through a day in the life of a pair of pet dachshunds.