Our Walker Books for October delivery (this is a little late being written up!) was packed full of magical animals, festive tales, and laugh out loud action perfect for toddlers. Here are our highlights.
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
When an unfortunate mouse is swallowed by a wolf, a bad situation soon turns into a good one as the mouse finds out he’s not alone! In fact, it’s pretty nice inside the belly of the beast. This book works on many levels; first of all,it’s a tale full of surprises and cleverly imagined scenarios that speak to little ones, and secondly, the meaning behind the tale is really cute. Life isn’t so bad after all, even when you think the worst has happened – after all, if you’re already inside the belly of the beast, you can’t be afraid anymore of being eaten! The pictures aren’t the boldest or the brightest, but they are compelling to look at, even for toddlers who are easily distracted!
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
If you love Christmas nostalgia, this is the book for you, especially if, from films like Home Alone 2, you have a hefty dose of festive nostalgia related to New York. This is the tale of Red and Lulu, who make their nest in a beautiful evergreen tree which, in the winter, is transformed into a Christmas tree. If you don’t believe in Christmas miracles, this isn’t the book for you, but if you like injecting some Christmas magic into your house at this time of year, why not get hold of a copy?
A Mighty Bitey Creature by Ronda Armitage and Nikki Dyson
This is a tale to get little ones energised (maybe avoid before bed!). It’s a fast-paced jungle-themed tale packed full of engaging animal characters and noises that jump out the page at you. There’s drama and hilarity in equal measure in this tale from the talented duo of Ronda Armitage and Nikki Dyson.
Baabwaa and Wooliam by David Elliott and Melissa Sweet
Baabwaa and Wooliam (10/10 for the choice of name!) love their comfortable life together, but then a third sheep turns up out of the blue. Is everything as it seems? Maybe not…I won’t ruin the story for you as it’s a clever tale that will keep your little ones and you entertained at bedtime!