Title: Warthog

Author: Birdie Black

Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

Age Group: 1-4

Synopsis: A little warthog goes on an adventure through this lift-the-flap, counting story.

The Low Down:

I will never tire of lift-the-flap stories. Especially, when they’re cleverly built into the illustrations. Warthog exceeds my expectations with this, delivering a fabulously illustrated book with a fun rhyming text. Bug’s pretty good at counting to ten now but I would have loved to have this book a year ago when a few of the counting books we had were driving me mad. The story is sweet and the cut-outs and lift-the-flaps are refreshing.

The story follows a little warthog, who meets birds, bees, monkeys, and finally a hungry lion as he counts from 1-10. The text is clever and sweet as it describes his adventures. He is definitely naïve and a bit preoccupied as he journeys through each page but he exhibits the insatiable curiosity that so many young ones are imbued with which makes him that much more accessible to little readers.

Beardshaw does an amazing job with the color scheme and the clever use of patterns throughout the book. She skilfully works these into each page, adding just that bit more depth and detail. The illustrations are carefree and bright, very similar to the adorable little warthog we’re following. And the way some of the numbers lead into the next set is engaging for young readers. The entire effect is charming. Bug loves the illustrations and we carefully practice opening each flap. As I said, I wish I’d had this before but am so pleased to have found it now and am definitely putting it on a list for another young one.

Story Tips:

  1. Keep an eye out for that sneaky lion, he’s on multiple pages.

I need more!

Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw have another book out called Just Right for Christmas. Rosalind Beardshaw also illustrates a series about a little girl called Lulu that looks too cute. I’d use Amazon to check out both of them.

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