This large format book of objects and animal characters engaged in all sorts of human activities is much more than a word and picture recognition book. The themes and contexts include parts of the body, household objects and emotions. But, best of all, child and sharing adult can weave stories round the pictures. For example on one page the same dressed animals are shown fighting, then dancing to music on the radio and finally kissing and making up.
The small, busy drawings are reminiscent of those in Richard Scarry’s books, but have their own style and humorous appeal. The pages have a dynamic ‘feel’ and children will chat about activities like painting a fence brown, reading a picture book in bed and rituals like cleaning teeth. They will recognise modern artefacts like a laptop, CD player and stereo as well as the traditional items that still surround us- books, magazines, pencils and notebooks.
This is a hugely enjoyable and imagination expanding book which will enable young children to talk about all the things in their world and their feelings about them.