A number of recent trips to the library have turned up some treasures in the pre-school book department.
Firstly, a new offering from the great team of Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz, Mad About Minibeasts. We love their previous books, including Rumble in the Jungle and Commotion in the Ocean.
Mad About Minibeasts opens up the world of insects to young children in their usual rhyming, colourful way.
Another new one this year is Too Hot to Hug! Rupert finds a golden egg, from which hatches a baby fire dragon. At first, Crumpet is crumpety warm, he dries the washing and keeps the family snug. But as he grows bigger and the weather gets warmer, Crumpet gets too hot to hug and starts causing problems.
A very cute story, with gorgeous expressive illustrations.
The Pencil is written by Allan Ahlberg (of Peepo fame). This very clever book starts with a solitary pencil, who begins to draw and create a boy, a dog, a cat, and then all the things they want and ask for. Colour arrives when the pencil draws a paintbrush to help him. Peace is threatened when everyone gets too demanding and he draws a rubber which only makes things worse.
This is a funny, clever book and the kids loved the ideas behind it.