Animal Fun! Who lives here? by Tracey Radford

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Published by CICO Kidz, 2016.

This is a gorgeous lift-the-flap board book about animals and their homes. There’s a monkey in the jungle, a mountain bear, a tiger in the savannah, a polar bear, and a shark swimming among the coral. The flaps are larger than in most lift-the-flap books and when you lift the flap a full third page opens up. The pages invite you to guess who might live in each habitat and I really like how before you lift the flap to find out there’s a subtle hint: a furry arm clutching a banana or a fin poking out from behind the coral.

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The images are really original. In place of illustrations, Tracey Radford has used craft materials to create 3D scenes which have then been photographed. There’s cotton wool snow in the Arctic, car sponge coral reefs and papier-mâché caves. She’s also made particularly creative use of egg cartons ! I can imagine children being inspired to recreate these model scenes themselves – it’s certainly something I’d like to do with Sam when he’s older.

This is a lovely, colourful book which will engage and entertain young children while teaching them about the world they live in.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Suitable from birth

Thank you to CICO Kidz for sending me this book to review and to Toppsta for organising the giveaway.

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