Timothy Knapman and Jane McGuinness
Time and again Timothy creates wonderful picture book stories. Here’s another winner.
It tells of curious Baby Badger who loves nothing better than to go exploring; and having exhausted the possibilities in his underground home, he asks his father, “What’s Next?”
Daddy Badger’s response is to take his little one up and out to the forest the very next night.
It’s an exciting place with soft moss to roll in, and bluebell bulbs to snuffle for.
Under the starry sky, Baby Badger thanks his dad, inquiring again, “What’s next?” Daddy points out the sinking moon and announces that since day is coming soon, it’s time for bed.
Little Badger understands that next comes daytime and this too stimulates his curiosity, all the more so since his dad has only dim memories of the daylight world.
Unsurprisingly sleep eludes our ever-inquisitive little friend and he follows his nose out of the sett once more.
The daylight forest is certainly a bright, colourful, exciting place;
but it’s also rather lonely and proves an overwhelming experience for Baby Badger, who now wants nothing except his cosy home and his beloved Daddy.
You can easily imagine what comes next – a wonderfully satisfying finale …
Jane McGuinness has created the perfect pictures to illustrate this smashing story. Rich in detail and beautifully textured, her mixed media scenes of the natural world provide delight at every turn of the page.
A smashing book to share with little ones that will likely stimulate interest in the natural world.