Title: What’s Next?
Author: Timothy Knapman
Illustrator: Jane McGuinness
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
Description: “What’s next?” Baby Badger asks his daddy. He is eager to see, and know, more of the world beyond his den. Where will his curiosity take him next?
A tender father-child story of adventure, discovery and the comforting pull of home.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a lovely story with some very sweet illustrations which children and adults will love. ‘What’s Next?’ is around A4 in size with thick matt pages filled with the most beautiful illustrations and text. Baby Badger has woken up at night, after sleeping throughout the day, and wants to go exploring, so Daddy Badger shows him what’s outside their sett, that there is a whole forest outside. The two explore the forest, with Baby Badger fascinated by everything and always wondering ‘what’s next?’.
This is a lovely story with Baby Badger being as curious as any child would be about all the new things he has to see. There are lots of things Daddy Badger shows him and Baby Badger is constantly excited to find out what’s next. But when the night ends and it’s time for Baby Badger to go to sleep, he doesn’t want to, instead wishing he could find out what day is like. I really enjoyed this story, particularly with the illustrations which are so beautiful. I don’t want to give away what happens at the end but I will say there’s a lovely contrast when Baby Badger explores the day and discovers that the same things are there, but look very different in the day light.
The illustrations are so amazing and really bring this story to life and make it feel so sweet and engaging. I love the way the two badgers look, their expressions, and the detail of the world around them. The difference between the day and night is very obvious and I love how colourful the day is but the images of the night also have a lot of detail and I enjoyed how lovely they look too. There’s something so engaging about these pictures, and I don’t think this story would be so engaging without these illustrations.
The story is a nice one, although I’m not sure I’d have enjoyed it so much without the illustrations, and is a great book to read with children before bed, although it can be read at any time of course. There’s a lot to explore on each page, lots of fun details that can be seen, even amongst the soil, and it’s a great book for also engaging children about how different the same things look in daylight compared to the night. Overall a lovely book with a fun story but it’s really the illustrations that I feel make this book so great.
What do you think of this book? Do you like badgers? What bedtime picture books did you enjoy or do your children enjoy? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂