Some of my favourite books this year for the under 5 crowd … my nephews will be getting a couple of these this year …
A sick day for Amos: Sweet story and beautifully illustrated – A well loved zookeeper ambles to work everyday, when he is sick one day – all his animal friends come to visit him. The illustrations here are really so delightful, pencil sketchy with just a few colours, and some really gorgeous details – like his bunny rabbit slippers and the owl (wearing reading glasses) pouring the tea, the penguin with red and blue knitted socks and Amos’ green striped pyjamas and teddy. You’ll love this book (and so will the little ones!).
Old Possum’s book of practical cats: This is one of my favourite kids books of all time. Originally published in 1939, these poems by T.S.Eliot are all about cats and are perfect for all ages. This re-published version has been illustrated by Axel Scheffler who has done a great job of capturing the heart of the poetry. – and will be sure to make the kids laugh. These poems would be fabulous to read aloud to younger ones – there are some fabulous tongue twisting rhymes in store for you:
An excerpt from Gus: The theatre cat
Gus is the Cat at the Theatre Door.
His name, as I ought to have told you before,
Is really Asparagus. That’s such a fuss
To pronounce, that we usually call him just Gus.
The Dangerous journey: A tale of Moomin Valley, by Tove Johanson was originally published in Finland in 1977, but it is such a classic that it has been republished (last year I think). Oh delightful illustrations – at once dark and mysterious and magical and colourful. The story is equally magical and whimsical and a little bit scary, but with a happy ending of course!
Press here: I reviewed this book already back here. Such a fabulous concept and still a delight to everyone who takes a look at it.
Please note: The links above are all amazon affilate links. And these books are available in Australia through Allen and Unwin.