Who's in the Tree and Other Lift-the-Flap Surprises by Craig Shuttlewood
Sterling Children's Books - Preschool and up
I was just flipping through my list of books read and realized I haven't reviewed this book. It's so cute I can't possibly skip it, even though I'm a month or two behind, so I reread the book and took some interior photos.
A lift-the-flap book in which something beneath the flap is out of place. Where does the item really belong? Why doesn't it belong in the place shown? Children can lift the flap for a giggle and a lesson about where things belong and where they don't.
Here's an example of a page spread and the animal beneath the flap (click on image to enlarge). Please note that the illustration colors vary depending upon the angle of the book just a bit so it's difficult to get a perfect representation of the colors in these page spreads.
Although the penguin does say, "It's too HOT here for me!" that is not always the case. In some cases, one will need to explain to a preschooler why an animal is out of place. The animal beneath the flap in a jungle illustration is an octopus, for example.
I absolutely adore the illustrations in this book -- so much that I'm tempted to cut it up and turn it into bookmarks. But, don't worry, I won't. I would happily photograph the entire book interior to show off the illustrations if I felt like that would be appropriate.
Highly Recommended - Love the concept of something out of place for the sake of laughter and discussion and the illustrations are wonderful. My only caution is the expected one, that the book is best for children who are past the ripping stage or those who can sit quietly while being read to and having a parent lift the flaps.
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