Last year we did the 300 picture books challenge and managed to complete it in May or June, reading 300 different picture books. I can’t say the same for my own personal challenge, it was a seriously poor showing and this month alone I’m not far off my 2014 books read total!
This year, we’re taking it easy with picture books. N’s book shelves are bursting (so much so that his downstairs fabric sling ones have broken), but we do still love finding new books to read. We were sent a 2 new titles from the Little Snappers series.to review.
I have to admit that nowadays we don’t really have any flap or pop up books. Well, apart from a couple of reference books that are a bit old for N at the moment. So I was interested to see what he’d think of them now he’s turned four.
The books we were sent are Cheep Cheep Pop-up Fun and Snip Snap Pop-up Fun both by Jonathan Litton and Kasia Nwowoiejska. They’re full of animals which always goes down well with children, plus rhyming prose which is great for their language skills development. I always find that stories with rhythm are not only easier to read, but also easier for N to pick up and learn, repeating and anticipating what comes next.
The books have some of the brightest illustrations I’ve ever seen, and a hardboard book means it’s more substantial in the hands of small children.
Although I thought they’d catch N’s eye, he didn’t seem to look twice when I mentioned there were some new books. So he’s not been too keen on reading them over some of his other books. This might be because he’s had quite a few new ones recently, thanks to a birthday and a book token where he could go to the bookshop and choose his own.
Once he did read them he loved guessing the animals from the words, and the different directions that the flaps open, it makes the books a little less predictable for an older child. Not forgetting of course the best thing about the books, trying to get the crocodile to eat your fingers!
I think these books are perfect for older babies, toddlers and younger preschoolers, but I’m not sure a 5 year old would be that excited about them, given N’s initial disinterest. .
If you want to buy one they’re available from Amazon through my affiliate link below.
Alternatively you can enter to win these books by answering a question and completing the rafflecopter.
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Disclosure: We were sent these books for review and to giveaway by little Tiger Press. All words and opinions are my own.