Moon (Britta Teckentrup)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Moon by Britta Teckentrup, a peek-through books that provides a look at nocturnal wildlife and the the phases of the moon.

All around the world, nighttime animals look up at the sky and see the same things we often do: the stars, the Northern Lights, and of course, the moon. As the peek-through cutouts show the reader a waxing then waning moon, the art and rhyming text brings us around the world to see what nighttime nature is like in the desert, the jungle, the poles, the ocean, and more.

Tree, a book from the same series, is one of JJ’s favorites, so we had high hopes for this one. And we were pleased with many elements: the art is phenomenal, giving a look at dozens of nocturnal species and their habitats by setting up gorgeous moonlit scenes. The texts flows well and is easily read aloud. But two things did irk me: one, I wish the phases of the moon had been labeled or at least described more in the text; despite being the assumed focus of the book, very little attention was paid to the changing moon in the story. Also, there was a weird section in the center in which the moon phases abruptly switched to out of order, going from a full moon immediately to a new moon. It was a little jarring, especially considering the careful progression of the waxing moon up until that point. Otherwise, the length was fine and JJ enjoyed it. This one is definitely worth a read, but if your baby bookworm is looking for a more accurate look at our moon, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But still, but the lovely look at nighttime animals, it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

Don’t Wake Up The Tiger (Britta Teckentrup)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Don’t Wake Up The Tiger by Britta Teckentrup, a delightful interactive story of a sleepy tiger and some sneaky animals.

Frog, Fox, Tortoise, Mouse, and Stork have somewhere to be with their giant bunch of balloons, but there is a big, stripey problem: Tiger has fallen asleep right in their path! They have to get around her without waking her up, but how? Frog comes up with a clever plan: they can use the balloons to, one by one, float up over the sleeping Tiger. But there are a few mishaps, and each time there is, they need the reader’s help to get them across while keeping the big cat dozing as well. But Tiger has to wake up eventually and when she does, there’s a big surprise in store…

So much fun! When interactive storybooks are done well, they are such a wonderful experience to share with baby bookworms, and we had a blast with this one. The adorable illustrations are colorful and cleverly oversized, giving a sense of scale and depth that help the animals and interactions to feel real. The interactive elements are fantastic, simple enough for the very young to understand yet fun and silly enough that it will keep them entertained. And the charming twist at the end gave us a big smile. The length was perfect for a quick read, and JJ went absolutely wild for it. This is an engaging, entertaining interactive story for big and little readers to share, and we definitely recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

Get Out Of My Bath! (Britta Teckentrup)

Hello, everyone! Today, we read Get Out Of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup, an adorably fun interactive bathtime book!

Ellie the elephant is ready for her bath, and is having fun splashing in the water. But, wait! Is that a crocodile in her bath? And a flamingo, too! The reader will have to help Ellie get all these other animals out so she can enjoy her bathtime!

We love interactive books! And this was a great one: it’s entertaining and funny (JJ was squealing with delight the whole way through), the illustrations are adorable, and the length is perfect. Best of all, it preps little bookworms for bathtime, which can be a struggle to get some children excited about, by seamlessly segueing Ellie’s bath into the reader’s. If you’re having trouble getting your baby bookworm excited about taking a bath, this might be the book for you. All in all, we liked it! Baby Bookworm approved!

Tree (Britta Teckentrup)

Happy Friday, friends! Our book today was Tree by Britta Teckentrup, a fantastic peek-through journey through a year’s worth of changing seasons, centering around a tree and its inhabitants. Told in rhyme, the story introduces a tall tree and the wise owl who lives there, and follows both as they watch the winter melt into spring, spring to summer, and so on. Different animals and plants appear and disappear though the seasons’ changes, but owl and the tree remain, watching the changing forest around them.

As you can tell from the picture, JJ adored this book! The peek-though pages especially fascinating to her: you can see the owl in his hole all the way from the cover, and different animals also appear and disappear in cutouts as the seasons progress. The art is lively and colorful, and the rhymes are fun and easy to read. The length is just about perfect for a one-year-old, too. This was an all-around fantastic book of seasons for little ones, and we highly recommend it! Baby Bookworm approved!