Hello Garage by Nicola Slater
Published by Nosy Crow|Allen & Unwin
Date: 6 May 2019
Hello Garage made me smile the instant that I saw it, and I only loved it more after opening it and reading the story about Ludo, lifting the flaps, and touch and feel elements.
Ludo has come to the garage to find some friends to play with. As Ludo searches an ice-cream van, a carpenter truck and a caravan, lots of friends are found to play some games with.
This study board book has easy to lift flaps that have holes in them to see some of what is under the flap, which will help create discussion with your child. On one of the pages is a touch and feel element which gives you a hint about what you will find on the last page.
This board book is definitely designed for toddlers rather than babies because of the engaging qualities to it. However, it can still be read to babies, or perhaps simplified using one or two words a page rather than the whole book.
The pictures are a lovely element and in each truck there is a lot to discover. In the ice-cream van children can point out the different ice-cream flavours, look at the pictures on the wall, see who is in the truck eating ice-cream and determine what animals each of them are.
The only part of the book that I saw as an issue was the word lorry for a truck, however Nosy Crow is a UK company so I understand why this is so.
Overall, this is a beautiful book that will delight toddlers, especially those that like anything to do with cars and trucks.
Thank you Nosy Crow|Allen & Unwin for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.