Publisher: Zero to Ten
Benedicte Guettier’s clever board book is beautifully simple. Each brightly coloured double page spread shows a different animal, and includes three holes: one on the right, another on the left, and a third in the middle, where the features of the creature should be. This means that the whole thing can be easily gripped by little hands and held up to a face, ready to add movement and sound to the picture. Children with a love of performing will be thrilled at the opportunity to become part of the story, and less forthcoming youngsters might be tempted to get involved, too, once a grown up has had a go at meowing, oinking and cock-a-doodle-doo-ing.