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Beautiful Board Books from Nosy Crow

27 Feb

Bright, beautiful, innovative and durable. Nosy Crow have aced it again with their latest board books. Forget about ripped and creased flaps, these editions are designed to be enjoyed by little bookworms over and over again. 

Where’s Mr Lion and its sister book Where’s Mrs Ladybird by Ingela Arrhenius are gorgeous new board books with bright felt flaps. Using felt rather than card makes the flaps easier for little fingers to handle and much more durable.

With a new animal to discover on each page and bold bright illustrations, this is the perfect series for very young children who are beginning to learn about the world. The last page has a mirror behind the felt flap, bringing the book to life for babies. 

You can get your copy here.

The latest addition to the ‘Can You…?’ series, Cheep! Cheep! by Sebastien Braun, has recessed flaps to make it easier for little fingers and ensure sturdiness. 

With lots of animals to discover and noises to make and a surprise double flap on the last spread, this is sure to delight the youngest of book explorers. 

You can get your copy of Cheep! Cheep! here.

For slightly older readers, Littleland: All Year Round by Marion Billet combines the durability of a board book with a spotting book format to meet the increasing curiosity and expanding vocabularies of toddlers. 

Loosely following the months of the year, the book follows the little ones through the seasons as they visit familiar locations such as the farm, nursery and the park. 

With lots to spot, find and match and talking prompts on each spread, the Littleland books encourage young children to engage with the book and supports their learning and development. Also look out for Littleland: Around the World. 

You can get your Littleland copy here.

Flip Flap Dogs by Nikki Dyson is a joy to share with pre-schoolers. Split pages invite you to create your own crazy canine combos. Younger children will love flipping through the book and giggling at their creations, while the funny rhymes will appeal to slightly older children. 

Ring binding and sturdy card pages give the book enough strength to withstand a nursery book corner and the accompanying app gives the book an additional level of fun.
You can get your copy here

Source – kindly sent for review by Nosy Crow

Not your average spotting books!

20 Nov

I love a spotting book, me! But after a while they get a bit… samey. But, QED have come to the rescue with a new series of spotting books that laugh in the face of the old regular ones. ‘Ha’, they say, ‘call yourself a spotting book? Oh really?’ And they have every right to be so cocky because they’re brill! They are bright and humorous, jam packed with spotting fun with loads to look at on every page, and they have a secret weapon…. fascinating facts! What child doesn’t like finding out facts? It’s a great idea that actively involves the children in each page, encouraging them to look closer and then, wham, they’ve learnt something new and fascinating. Brilliant!


There are four books in the series – Zebra at the Zoo, Puppy in the City, Lamb on the Farm and Robot in Space – sure to cover all interests. The titular character makes an appearance on every page, but not always in an obvious or easy to spot way!

Can *you* spot the zebra??

Each book begins with a map-like welcome page, introducing the reader to the locations the book will take them to. Then each double page takes them on a little journey around the zoo or through space, with things to spot and fascinating facts on each page. But that’s not all! At the end of the book there’s added activities- sections of illustrations to go back and hunt for, a ‘did you know?’ page of extra facts and, my personal favourite, a page of ideas for follow on games like turning your house into a zoo, making your own robot, or imagining what animals would say if they could talk in real life. A brilliant added touch!

With humour throughout and tons of colour and detail in Joelle Dreidemy’s illustrations, these books will appeal to children. ALL children! Note the lack of gendering – all four books are for *all* children. What a relief and a welcome step away from the pink princess spotting book for girls and the blue monster spotting book for boys? QED, I salute you! For treating children as the little people with big imaginations and endless fascination that they truly are. Hurrah!

Source: Zebra at the Zoo and Robot in Space kindly sent for review by QED Publishing, part of the Aurum Publishing Group