After I wrote my list of top ten books for under twos I contacted the various authors and publishers that were on the list. I got into a facebook conversation with Jo Lodge the author of the Mr Croc series of books and happened to mention that my daughter had torn up a Mr Croc book when she was left without supervision. She kindly offered to send us another book.
Two days later, which happened to be my daughters birthday a parcel arrived and in it where three books. Happy Birthday Mr Croc, Flip Flap Mr Croc and There’s a Lemur in my laundry. This was very unexpected, but gratefully received as my daughter loves reading. I aim to write a review of all three of these books, but will start with There’s a lemur in my laundry which comes out on the 5th of April.
About the book
There’s a lemur in my laundry is a slide and seek board book. This means that the pages are thick and hidden inside each page is a large panel that slides out and reveals the animal that is hidden in that particular location. For example in addition to there being a lemur in the laundry there’s a frog in the fruit bowl and a snake in the sock drawer. In all there are six animals to find, or ten if you include the rubber duck and various creepie crawlies.
The artwork is very good with lots of bright colours that my daughter loves. There are also a lot of colours used so it’s ideal for learning colours with your child. My daughter especially likes recognizing the various fruits in the fruit bowl.
One slight negative, but it’s one that you have with all these pull out and flap books and the like is that it does not look that sturdy and a determined child might be able to break the book if left unsupervised. Having said all that the negative is easily outweighed by the positives and it’s just a case of remembering to put the book out of reach when you’ve finished reading it together.
All in all I would recommend this book. It’s currently available for pre-order as it releases on the 5th of february. You can pre-order from most online stores. Waterstones currently have it priced at £3.99 which is £1 below the £4.99 rrp and Amazon have it at the rrp of £4.99. Although delivery options and costs at Amazon might be better, especially if you’re a prime member and Amazon will also often lower the price to match competitors so when you’re reading this it might already be lower.