In an era where our kids are so frequently handed a digital toy with animated graphics, flashing lights, and loud noises, it’s refreshing to pick up a honest to goodness book with all of the staying power—if not arguably more. Press Here, and its follow up companion, Mix It Up, by Frenchman Hervé Tullet are two books on heavy rotation. Each display simple, colourful, and creative illustrations with easy and playful instructions, turning each book into an explosion of fun. The laughter, excitement, and big bright eyes I see on Carter’s face with every read, makes it easy to understand why both books are New York Times bestsellers. A shelf staple for every home!
It was the illustrations of Oliver Jeffers that had me hooked when scouring for new books for the boy. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but, what can I say… I’m a sucker for a fantastic font choice.
”Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn’t always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel.”
”Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules of How To Be a Good Pet. But imagine Wilfred’s surprise when one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own…”
My eldest (4) adores this story. He get’s engrossed in Marcel’s character. How he nonchalantly follow’s Wilfred’s rules just at the right time.
Every time. The boy gets completely drawn into Wilfred’s perilous situation showing genuine concern then giggling in relief when he realises Marcel has come to the rescue.
I love the richness of the media used in the illustrations.
The wit and humour that underlines the story makes this as enjoyable to read with the boy as it is for him to read it. A real conversation provoking story with a beautiful sentiment on how not everything needs to be owned.
One of Carter’s all time favourite books is Subway by Christoph Niemann. It was brought back as a gift from New York by his Auntie Sheila when he was about four months old and has been a daily read ever since. As you can see by the wear and tears, this book has received a lot of “love”.
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, an author, and a father. His work has appeared on the covers ofThe New Yorker, Newsweek,Wired, and The New York Times Book Review. In this playful love letter to public transportation, readers follow along as a father and his two childrennavigate New York City’s subterranean metrosystem. Illustrated in a homage to typical public signage and classic transit maps, Subway appels to native New Yorkers and visitors alike. So spend some time with Niemann and get lost exploring the subway routs of an amazing city.