A lovely little lift-the-flap book from Julia Donalson and Axel Scheffler.
Rabbit wants a nap, but every time she drops off to sleep someone else wakes her up. Builder Bear is tapping outside, and a band of mice is rehearsing in the cupboard! Poor Rabbit tries everywhere but nowhere is quiet. However, her friends have a plan to help her.
This award-winning hugely successful pairing are known for long, detailed books, but this, part of the ‘Tales from Acorn Wood’ series, is much shorter and simpler. Each double-page consists of four rhyming lines explaining where Rabbit naps and who interrupts her, and there is a flap to open revealing the culprit. There are only twelve pages in total and instead of the full landscapes that Scheffler usually draws the pictures are more basic, larger, and centred on plain cream pages. The text is in bold print and the language is straightforward and clear.
This is a really well-pitched book. Clearly aimed at a younger audience than The Gruffalo or The Snail and The Whale, Rabbit’s Nap bridges a gap between the very basic baby book and more complex writing for older toddlers and preschoolers. It is ideal for babies reaching the end of their first year who are able to get more involved with books and open flaps themselves, as well as for younger toddlers. There is enough in the illustrations for an adult to talk about but not so much as to confuse very young readers. And there is enough charm in the story to give it longevity with older children too.
Look out for more ‘Tales from Acorn Wood’ as this is a nice series; great when moving away from baby’s first books onto something more interesting.