Last week, I received an unexpected package. When I opened the box, what should be inside but some picture books published by a company called Child’s Play. I did not recall requesting any review copies in the recent past, so they were a pleasant surprise. (I have a feeling the books were sent my way by a fellow librarian and online book reviewer.)
When I read through the promotional materials and began to look at the books themselves, I began to understand why this publisher is named Child’s Play. Their offerings touch on, with simplicity and sometimes humor, situations that occur in many young children’s lives.
The first one I read, Momo and Snap Are Not Friends by Airlie Anderson, is a funny story about two critters–a monkey and an alligator–who meet and immediately enter into a contest of wills. I call this an almost-wordless book because the only text is the hilarious sounds made by the characters.
Then followed The Acrobat by Alborozo, a simply told story about a circus performer who nobody notices because they are watching other acts. When the unhappy acrobat leaves to find an audience that will appreciate him, something wonderful happens.
My reviews of these gems are on my site, http://www.bookandagarden.com. Take a look, and then share both with a young child in your world. And watch for my comments on the rest of the books.