Little Roar’s Peekaboo: Jo Lodge (Hodder Children’s Books, 2013)
I’m slightly out of touch with board books, on account of daughters who will turn six and four this year (where did the time go?!) but it’s oh-so-tempting to want to collect all five of these new Little Roar books! Technically ‘too young’ for either MG or DG, both girls pounced on this book when it arrived and we’ve read it many, many times over.
Not that there’s a huge amount to actually read, but words are unnecessary in this fabulous pull it, twist it, turn it, interactive book. The words that exist are just perfect for toddlers, encouraging searching the pictures and repeating “Peekaboo”. Little Roar’s Peekaboo consists of only four double pages but it feels like more because of the (extremely sturdy, toddler friendly) tabs on each page.
Jo Lodge is something of a toddler’s dream book creator. We all adored the Mr Croc books and, despite their quality, the girls managed to thoroughly destroy them with much love over the years! Every house with babies or toddlers (or pre-schoolers, or…) ought to have at least one Jo Lodge book and Peekaboo Little Roar would be a lovely one to start with.
The thick, chunky tabs pull out to reveal Little Roar and his friends as they hide in different scenes. As well as the main characters appearing: spiders climb their threads, bugs climb trees, the moon appears… The tabs are slightly different (above or at the side, pull out or twist etc) making an exciting challenge for small children.
The bright colours are inviting and I can see this becoming a toddler’s favourite book that they can ‘read’ independently very quickly. “I do it!” is a common refrain from toddlers trying to gain independence and the tabs in this book are perfect to allow them free rein – even at almost-four DG can get so frustrated with small tabs in other pop-up and interactive books we own (and they break so very easily…)
I was very impressed with this book, and surprised by how much MG loved it. She’s almost six and well on the way with reading but this book attracted her instantly and she ‘helps’ her little sister read it on a regular basis.
Peekaboo Little Roar; Little Roar’s Starry Pyjamas; Little Roar’s Five Butterflies; Little Roar’s Red Boots; and Little Roar’s Round Balloon were published on 3rd January and would make wonderful presents for toddlers or expectant parents. Peekaboo Little Roar is more interactive, and is priced accordingly. I haven’t seen any of the other four books to review.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Peekaboo Little Roar by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.