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Favourite pre-school books
An Australian children’s author and illustrator that caught my attention this week is Nick Bland, with his books ‘The Very Cranky Bear, ‘The Very Itchy Bear’ and ‘Some Dads’.
The illustrations across all three titles are absolutely gorgeous, and the stories don’t disappoint either.
The Very Cranky Bear
In the Jingle Jangle Jungle, we meet four animal friends who cross paths with a very cranky bear, each of whom try and cheer the bear up in their own way.
Incredibly well written, the rhyming flows beautifully, making it easy to read, and kids love the lyrical style. I fell in love with the illustrations and this one is definitely top of my hit list at bedtime.
The Very Itchy Bear
We go on a journey with Bear and Flea out to sea. Bear, initially annoyed by Flea for making him itchy, discovers that once Flea is gone he actually quite misses his tiny friend.
Delightfully written and illustrated yet again, another winner – both with adults and children.
A lovely book about all the different types of dads you might find.
It is certainly refreshing for a book to be written about Dads and all their merits, so naturally, this one is one of my husband’s favourites. Luckily it’s also a huge hit with our 3 year old.
As I’m such a huge believer in books being a major part of my child’s pre-school world, I personally think it’s fantastic that there are Australian books being released of such a high standard for our kids to share, eventually contributing to them learning to read and enjoy books themselves.
Verdict: Brilliant. They appeal to adults as well as children... definitely my favourite books so far.
Books are available from all good bookshops.