Book reviews: Bouncing bison, buzzing bees and raucous rhinos with Little Tiger Press
There's fun and learning aplenty in a sparkling new collection of picture books from popular children's publisher Little Tiger Press.
A naughty bison bounces into a grizzly dilemma, a demanding little rhino wants everything NOW, some cute creatures hand out star awards to their dads and the story of a bee’s work causes a buzz.
There’s a Bison Bouncing on the Bed! by Paul Bright and Chris Chatterton
Boing, bump, thump! Mischievous toddlers will be bouncing with joy when they see who’s testing out the bed springs.
Hold on to your hats as author Paul Bright and exciting new illustrator Chris Chatterton take a running jump into bedtime chaos in a brilliantly anarchic story that is shaking, rattling and rolling on to book shop shelves.
Big brown bison is bouncing on the bed and his pals, Aardvark, Beetle and Chipmunk, are joining in the madcap misadventures. What a racket they are making and, oh no, the bed is bending, quaking and shaking. It had better not break! But, wait, there’s somebody else in the bed and he’s not happy at all… what will Grizzly Bear do now that the animals have woken him!
Bright’s madcap rhyming text is brimming with fun and energy while Chatterton’s eye-popping illustrations are guaranteed to grab the attention and win the hearts of all young readers.
A bright, bold bedtime romp, specially packaged with surprises and an addictive sense of naughty fun, and perfectly created for bed bouncers and mischief makers of every age!
(Little Tiger, paperback, £6.99)
Bee: Nature’s tiny miracleby Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup
‘Every plant and flower you see
Was given life by one small bee’
The bee – one of nature’s unsung heroes – takes a starring role in a striking new peep-through picture book from Patricia Hegarty and award-winning illustrator Britta Teckentrup.
Bees are dying in unprecedented numbers and yet many people are unaware of the magnitude and significance of the crisis. Bee tells the story of this miraculous little creature as it journeys from flower to flower, gathering nectar, harvesting flowers and spreading life on our planet.
Turn the pages of this gorgeously produced book and watch the wonder of nature unfold before your eyes as the remarkable little bee journeys from flower to flower.
Hegarty’s lyrical, rhyming text helps little ones to understand the miracle of pollination while Teckentrup charts the bee’s amazing journey with peep-through holes and brilliantly colourful and expressive artwork.
Simply bee-eautiful!(Little Tiger, hardback, £10.99)
Now! by Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes
Now then… look who’s back and causing trouble!
Not content with shouting No!, Why? and More? in top team Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes’ ever-popular Archie books, the demanding but delectable little rhino has a new word with which to pester his parents… Now!
Patience is not one of Archie’s virtues, indeed he wants everything right now, so how are mum and dad going to cope when there are still ten days left to their holidays? Dad makes a special count-down chart and a model of a jumbo jet but Archie just gets more and more excited. And when they are all ready to go, Archie suddenly discovers that he doesn’t want to go right now… he’s lost his favourite toy. Now what are they going to do?
Corderoy’s cute, cuddly and comical cautionary tale is the ideal way to talk about the importance of patience with your impatient toddlers. Packed with fun, mischief and the exploits of adorable Archie – all brought to life with award-winning Warnes’ lively and adorable illustrations – this clever little tale is a sure-fire winner.
(Little Tiger, paperback, £6.99)
I Love My Daddy by Jonathan Litton and Fhiona Galloway
Every dad deserves a special shiny star in a warm and wonderful peep-through board book for inquisitive toddlers.
I Love My Daddy is the latest addition to Little Tiger’s enchanting My Little World series which helps enhance hand and eye co-ordination, encourages parent and child interaction, develops reading skills and promotes language development.
Daddy Lion fixes a broken toy car, Daddy Penguin gives skating lessons, Daddy Hippo teaches his youngster how to dive, Daddy Dog is always ready to play catch and Daddy Goat takes his little girl out to fly her kite. But their children are the stars the dads love the most!
The colourful artwork from Fhiona Galloway and finger holes and clever cut-outs in ever decreasing stars work in perfect harmony with Jonathan Litton’s heartwarming and reassuring rhyming text that celebrates the love between a father and his children.
Little ones will adore exploring the cut-out holes in an inventive and imaginative book that makes learning come alive.
(Little Tiger, board book, £5.99)