IMG_5516.JPGQuirky Bird |Happy Dog
Both by Robyn Newton
Dogs created by Ellie Boultwood
Birds created by Jo Ryan & Ellie Boultwood
Published by Pan Macmillan | Priddy Books
Date: 27 December 2017
R.R.P. $12.99

The newest two books in the Alphaprints range – Happy Dog & Quirky Bird are a wonderful addition with the touch-and-feel textured prints and fingerprint embossed pictures.  These highly creative books are humorous, with pictures that are different to your average hardback book.  These books are suitable for babies and above, and are equally engaging in different ways to different aged children.

Prints – The prints are textured which make them appealing to young children.  Most children enjoy running their fingers over the pages to see what the pictures feel like and will often want to turn the page before you have finished reading the words.  Additionally, there is so much to see on each page and one of the most fun parts for your child.  They may recognise that one of the dogs have a potato belly, a greyhound has a candy cane tail, and a pelican has a seashell mouth.  The discovery that takes place in this book is one of its greatest attributes.


Rhyming  – The words rhyme which assist children with word recognition.  For the young reader the words are a good size and readable font, and although some of the animal names are long it is still an ideal book for your early reader to practice their reading.


Colour – There is a plethora of colour in both these books which is a feast to the eyes.  These colours will engage your baby once they are able to focus on colour properly, and will assist your older child with colour recognition.


Humor – I like that the book is funny, given the unique nature of the prints the humor binds it all together.  The Dachshund and Poodle page is one of the funniest both from text and illustration – Little Daschshund can’t help but stare at giant poddle’s crazy hair!

Pan MacMillian and Priddy Books are known for educating children in a fun way and that has certainly been achieved through Happy Dog and Quirky Bird.  I highly recommend that you add these books to your child’s collection or borrow them from your local library.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read and review these books


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