Here are two new picture books from Little Door Books; thanks to the publisher for sending them for review:
Daddy Frog and the Moon
Pippa Goodhart and Augusta Kirkwood
Pippa pens a tale of paternal love frog style, in her sweet story wherein a father frog sets out to find something to show his baby froglet just how much she is loved.
Baby Frog though is more interested in being shown how to squiggle and even when presented with a perfectly round stone, all she asks is that he shows her how to swim. Not content with his first offering, Daddy goes off searching again but the flower wilts and Baby is eager to learn hopping. Once again, she’s left to perfect the skill herself while Daddy seeks further proof of his love for her.
By now he’s searching by moonlight. But not even with his gigantic leap can he reach the moon.
No matter, for what he does find is something much better: Baby Frog, and she has some exciting news to share …
Warmly told by Pippa using plenty of dialogue and repeat join-in phrases; and with Augusta Kirkwood’s beautiful, textured scenes of the pond, its flora and fauna, this sweet story is ideal for human sharing around Father’s Day and any other day too.
Crime Squirrel Investigators: The Naughty Nut Thief
Emily Dodd and Giulia Cregut
When Rosie squirrel discovers her stash of nuts has been raided and almost all are gone, she and always hungry, Charlie, decide to become Crime Squirrel Investigators. The clue is in the shells and off they go on the thief’s trail.
First stop is Dora Dormouse but she’s soon eliminated, as are Tappy the woodpecker and Squeaker the wood mouse.
Throughout their investigation, Charlie has been trying to tell Rosie something and finally, he gets a chance to speak. What was it he wanted to tell his friend?
All ends happily with the friendship intact, and a plethora of hazelnuts to feast upon.
Rosie is quite a good detective when it comes to identifying nutshell clues and young listeners/readers will enjoy anticipating what is coming when Charlie eventually speaks out.
Equally they’ll enjoy Giulia Cregut’s amusing illustrations, which bring out the inherent humour in Emily Dodd’s telling.
Both books have additional material – audio versions and songs – that can be found at the publishers website.