Sunday 23 September 2018

Who Is Sleeping? (Lift the Flap)

Text & Illustrations: Petr Horáček
Published by Walker Books  (Baby Walker) 2018 
Complimentary copy provided by Walker in exchange for an honest review.

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I love a good, chunky baby-book and was delighted to receive Petr Horáček's Who Is Sleeping? (Lift the Flap) 
There's something truly special about lift-the-flap's. The interactive element, that quiet pause before a flap is lifted, the surprise in store, the repetition and the pure satisfaction of opening and closing those lovely cardboard inserts.... All of these elements make for a lovely multi-sensory experience.
While this book is published in the 'Baby Walker' range, it can be enjoyed and shared into the preschool stages and beyond. With a simple story line, readers  are asked to guess which animal is sleeping the tree, under leaves, in the rushes etc.

The pace is ideal, with one scene and animal character on each double-page spread, children have just the right amount of visual information to process. It makes for a lovely lesson about the animal world and their natural habitats.  
With minimal text in clear, dark font, the language is rhythmic and predictable- every page offering the same amount of words. For group settings, this predictable read-aloud, allows children to easily join in and become part of the story telling experience. 

Beautiful, true to life illustrations, easy to manipulate pages and a toddler-proof cardboard finish, makes this book a lovely all-rounder and perfect for one-to-one at bedtime, or circle time in preschool. 

Visit Horáček's  lovely blog by clicking here.

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