Animalium by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott

Ambitiously pitched as a natural history museum in a book, Animalium astutely focuses on the kingdom Animalia, offering an upclose look at more than 200 specimens that are neatly organised into six sections or ‘galleries’ — namely, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals — which makes the hefty tome surprisingly easy to navigate.

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One Too Many by Gianna Marino

Gianna Marino‘s stunning gouache art takes centre stage in this almost-wordless seek-and-find counting book set in the barnyard. Designed for slightly older kids, the reader should have no trouble using his/her own observation and deduction skills to drive the simple but amusing storyline in this book, where every turn of the page sees not only the introduction of a new animal around the water trough where all the action takes place, but also more and more animals, i.e. one flea, two cows, three horses, five sheep, etc. Continue reading

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

According to a certain bossy, know-it-all cat, the hapless frog in this story ought to sit on a log (never mind that it’s nobbly and splintery). Meanwhile, he is himself self-righteously perched on a relatively more comfortable (un)welcome mat. In fact, if he has his way, gophers and hares will get to rest easy on sofas and chairs, while lions and storks have it much rougher (read: OUCH)!

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