Baby Book Reviews: Lift the Flap Edition
My humorous, yet scathing reviews of three lift the flap books!
I read to my daughter every night before bed. I can’t even count how many kids books I’ve read (ok, actually, I’ve mostly just read her these same three books over and over) . So today, I’ll be sharing my reviews of five lift the flap books. Read with caution, spoilers ahead!
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Who Goes Roar? With Lift the Flaps and Sound
First off, Who Goes Roar (available on Amazon) has a fantastic premise. It combines lift the flap action with an exciting roar sound maker! Although I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the cover suggests that we will learn about which dinosaurs go roar, and those dinosaurs may include the classically well-known dinosaurs brontosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, velociraptor, and of course, tyrannosaurus rex, who is also featured on the cover.
The contents of this book do not disappoint. Each page features an adventure with one of the aforementioned dinosaurs, including rhyming, flap lifting, button pressing, and of course, roaring.
However, I am disappointed by one of the pages towards the end of the book
Check out this page.
The author clearly missed key information about our hat-wearing tyrannosaurus rex friend. The astute reader will note that this page says “What does t-rex like to munch? Let’s look for his tasty lunch!”
Lifting the flap reveals “It’s spaghetti!” What kind of author would put such a thing in their book? How could a t-rex even lift a forkful of spaghetti to its gaping maw with such tiny arms?
Other than this wild inaccuracy, I highly recommend “Who Says Roar.”
Babies in the Wild
Babies in the Wild (available on Amazon) is a delightful romp through the rainforest with two tiger cubs. We follow Tippy and Tango as they meet other animals in the jungle. This book will expose you and your child to intricately woven foreshadowing. For example, while the tiger cubs are playing with monkeys, they are actually acclimating the apes to be friendly towards the tigers. Yet once those tiger cubs are fully grown, well, they will catch their prey with ease since the monkeys are used to hanging out with the tigers. I can’t wait to read the gritty young adult sequel to what will certainly become a classic children’s book.
Babies in the Forest
Apparently success of Babies in the Wild went right to the author’s head. Compare the back covers of these two books.
Look familiar? That’s right! Babies in the Forest (also available on Amazon) is almost exactly the same as Babies in the Wild! Lift the flaps? Check. Two prey animals with alliterative names? Check. Wait just a minute! The fancy edge of the book is even the same shape!
Like The Babysitter’s Club, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys series, Babies in the Forest will teach your child about repetitive, predictable stories.
All in all, I enjoyed these children’s books but wanted to share even the slightest criticisms with you. What kids books should I review next?