Title: Big Dog, Little Dog – Lift-the-flap Opposites
Publisher: Walker Studio
Genre: Very young children’s picture book
Book format: Board book
Description: Spotty dogs, bendy dogs and really, really long dogs – Find the opposites in this stylish lift-the-flap book.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a fun book and perfect for teaching very young children words that are opposites. ‘Big Dog, Little Dog’ is a board book that’s a little smaller than A5 in size and filled with very thick board pages of very colourful images and a few pieces of text. The book’s cover and inner pages are all rounded off so there aren’t any sharp edges that young children can hurt themselves on.
I really like this book, it’s so simple and yet so fun. Each double page has a dog or two pictured along with a word such as ‘short’, ‘above’ or ‘awake’. The picture of the dog reflects the word on the page and then kids can pull or turn a flap in order to see the image changed. The changed image shows the opposite picture along with its opposite word, for example, an awake dog looks asleep when the flap is turned. There are lots and lots of opposites for kids to learn and some very funny pictures to look at.
I really love the illustrations in this book, they are what makes this book so fun. Each picture of a dog is so simple, there are no outlines to the illustrations but each one is made out of block shapes that just make this feel so appealing to me. I love the expression on some of the dogs and one particular flap made me laugh when a long straight dog turns into something else. The simple design of this book along with the bright and bold colours make it easy for kids to enjoy this book and I think plenty of children will love looking at this for the fun pictures and learn without even realising it.
I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to improve very young kids vocabulary with these new words. As well as learning they’ll also enjoy the fun of lifting flaps and the funny illustrations of all these dogs.
-Review first appeared online March 2018 – now republished here.
What do you think of this book? Do you or your children like lift-the-flaps books? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂