There are some truly dreadful baby books out there. On our last excursion to the library I felt like I was sifting through so much rubbish to find something interesting for Rosalie. But what we did find, after much hunting around, was this: Beep! Beep! Part of the Busy Machines series by Julie Fletcher.
There is no story but, unlike lots of other baby board books, the words on each page form simple rhymes which makes reading it aloud actually enjoyable!
I love that this book has shaped pages to add a bit of extra interest; Rosalie likes to feel the wobbly edges of the steam.
The illustrations are bright and bold and the pages are uncluttered yet provide plenty of little details to talk about.
Rosalie loves copying sounds at the moment; she will watch my lips intently as I say new words and do her very best to make the sound herself. So this book is perfect for her as it’s all about the sounds the different vehicles make. I especially like how the illustrator has tried to make the words look like they sound.
Daddy rides a motorbike so on this page we like to talk about the special hat that daddy wears, which she sees him in most evenings. I don’t think Jim looks quite like this when he’s riding though…
It’s only a short book, so probably one you’ll need to read several times over in one session, but it’s fun and noisy and the pages are possibly the thickest and most sturdy I’ve seen yet!