The Foggy, Foggy Forest by Nick Sharratt

This quirky and interactive book uses translucent vellum paper to create a foggy and mysterious atmosphere that “shrouds” the illustrations in shadows until you turn the page and they reveal themselves on the reverse side to be various fairytale characters — in full colour — doing something that’s not quite expected.

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What Do I Look Like? by Nick Sharratt

What Do I Look Like? is a very slim book that is useful as a tool to help very young toddlers to learn to read facial cues, and understand their own feelings/emotions, as well as those of others.

The book uses the format: “When ____________ (a particular scenario described and illustrated), I look like this” followed by a half-page flap that the reader flips to reveal a closeup of the boy’s reaction, which can easily be elaborated on to help the child understand what the boy is feeling, and why.

Goat Goes to Playgroup by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt

As the title suggests, Goat Goes to Playgroup takes us through what happens when Goat goes to playgroup. Alas he doesn’t always do all the ‘right’ things and gets himself into little accidents — although he always seems to have fun. The illustrations and rhyming text don’t take themselves too seriously, so, all in all, this will be a good book for toddlers who are in, or who are about to join, a playgroup or preschool.