The Book Nook: Little Mouse’s Big Book of Beasts
In the follow up to Emily Gravett’s Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, she introduces us to some big, scary beasts. However, Little Mouse has had a bit of a read and decided that he’s not too keen on the scary side of the animals in Emily’s book so has done his best to make them less terrifying.
He’s added some mittens to the lion’s sharp claws and torn out his loud roar; he put some fetching heels on the rhinoceros’s heavy, stomping feet and wedged the crocodile’s mouth open with a toothbrush.
Anything to take the edge off of the creatures that Little Mouse would really rather not come across.
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Beasts is a fun and interactive introduction to animals for young children with some very funny and clever amendments to the text which makes for a more lively reading experience for the older or more accomplished reader. The book has lift up flaps and peepy holes that all add to the fun of the witty story. The climax is a great opportunity to test your child’s dexterity and attention as you can encourage them to create the final beast and ask them try to identify the owner of each body part.
This book will delight small children as they are introduced to the less intimidating side of scary beasts and its wonderful layout would make it a perfect gift. It is recommended for 3 year olds and above but I think smaller children can appreciate some of the fun elements, although may not have the ability to interact with it and understand the amendments Little Mouse has made. It is on sale from tomorrow (1st August 2013) from Pan Macmillan Children’s Books.
Disclaimer: panMacmillan Children’s Books sent us this book for the purpose of this review but no monetary compensation was provided and as always, the opinions given are our own unbiased and honest thoughts of how the product fitted our family.