Don't wake the Lion! by Anna Claybourne & Lee Wildish

This is a delightful pop-up surprise book with added sound effects for extra excitement! Our Buttercup children (0-2) enjoy this so much and never fail to get so much excitement our the “Roar” at the end of the book. The language and length of the book is perfectly pitched for this age group as it captures their attention for just the right amount of time. The rhythm and rhyming language is almost musical and the children love associating the actions of “sssh” and creeping on their tip toes around the sleeping lion. A firm favourite with our children we fully recommend it! Feel free to come along and join us at story time!

The Scarecrows Wedding by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A new edition to Julia’s famous collection, this is everything you would expect! It uses rhythm, rhyme and repetition to set the pace of the story and capture young imaginations. As ever the illustration by Axel Scheffler is fantastic and the more often you read the story the more detail you see in the pages which add to the delight of the story. The children find this book particularly funny as it uses names of some of the children in the class. There is even a little twist in the story and they love the suspense of wondering whether the scarecrow will make it back for his wedding. The only thing we did not like was the reference to smoking a cigar and puffing smoke rings, although they explain smoking is not a good habit we felt it seemed out of place in a book for early years. Otherwise a fun story with great illustration.