What things do all small children love? Animals? Food? Rhymes? This picture book has all three!
The premise behind this book is a pretty simple one – all the animals in it like to eat the foods they rhyme with. As you can imagine this makes for some very creative pairings – not only do we get iguanas eating bananas, we also get marmosets eating stuffed courgettes, poodles eating pot noodles and bees eating cream teas!Â
While the funny and inventive rhymes are great for young children, I think the thing I like most about this book is the illustrations. They tell the story hiding between the lines, of all these animals descending on the human world to get to their favourite foods and causing havoc in the process! It’s a really good example of how illustrations can build on the text to create new layers to a story.
As soon as I read this book to Preschooler it became a favourite of his. He’s animal mad so loves spotting all the ones he knows and finding out about the less commonly known ones. Girl Child had a read of it too and really enjoyed all the rhymes, she ‘got’ the humour of it too which Preschooler didn’t quite, hopefully he’ll work it out soon! I can imagine it being a favourite in our house for a long while yet.