I was thrilled to be invited to Tiger’s Summer Splash, Little Tiger Press’ picture book event a few weeks ago. I’ve historically not been a kids book blogger, but as an newly expecting mum, I’m super happy to dive in to the world of pretty pictures and fun rhymes. Plus, my husband was thrilled for once to come with me!
When I arrived, the room was buzzing with lots of authors, illustrators, lovely people from Little Tiger and lots and lots of excited kids! There was a short presentation of each book by their respective author/illustrator and a lovely reading by the animated Jeanne Willis of her book There’s No Such Thing as a Snappenpoop.
Then the kids went to different activity tables inspired by one of the books for a lot of colouring, face painting, puzzles and much more!
Now a quick recap of the books featured. What’s nice is that we actually got a chance to read all of them!
Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett
This book was my favourite of the lot and author/illustrator Emma Yarlett is extremely talented. I’ve already heard so much about Nibbles from the fabulous social media campaign, but when I got my hands on this book, I just fell in love. The book is stunning. The book has books within the book. It’s got fun things to flip and move, like pages within pages and cut-outs.
Nibbles is absolutely adorable, and loves to eat his way through books. The story is also super cute as he interrupts well-known fairy tales. Basically it’s every book lovers’ picture book dream. Recommended for slightly older children.
There’s No Such Thing as a Snappenpoop by Jeanne Willis and Matt Saunders
I loved the story of this book. The author said she wrote it in honour of her very annoying older sister. It’s funny and perfect for anyone that’s got siblings! The artwork by Matt Saunders is extremely cute.
I really enjoyed how it incorporates mythical creatures as unreasonable requests from the little brother’s older brother. Also, it’s got a fun twist ending. Loved it and it was super entertaining!
The Great AAA-OOO by Johnny Lambert
This was the most fun book to read out loud. It takes place in a forest of animals and the rhymes build off fun animal noises! The animals don’t know where this mysterious AAA-OOO sound is coming from and everyone climbs up a tree together in case it’s a monster! The story is very Gruffalo-esque.
The illustration is big and bold and the animals look terrific. My husband ended up guessing the ending, so kudos to him!
Paws McDraw by Connah Brecon
Paws is a bear that’s the fastest doodler in the west. He can draw anything to life to help the bunnies in the town, such as hoses and elephants to stop a fire. When the bunnies get attacked for their cupcakes, Paws has got to save the day!
This was a fun story, but I think it was a tad too long. Also, the text doesn’t stand out very much, which I feel would make it hard for an early reader to read.
The Messy Book by Maudie Powell-Tuck and Richard Smythe
A cat makes a mess, which a dog tries to make them clean up. Other animals are part of the big mess and the standout for me is the hat-loving giraffe and penguins. The art is just as messy as the book, which feels like paper cut-outs and scribbles.
Personally, I also thought the story was quite messy and all over the place. It was cute, but I didn’t appreciate how it sort of just went along with no rhyme or reason. That said, it is perfectly named The Messy Book!
After a reading by Emma Yarlett of Nibbles, the amazing folks at Little Tiger also got us passes to the London Aquarium! It was the first time I’ve ever been and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. Thank you Little Tiger Press for the loveliest of days!