Bookshelf Board Books

Choo-Choo Peekaboo

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Zebra is very excited as he’s off to do his favourite thing… painting! However, wherever he sets up his easel, his artistic endeavours are spoilt by other animals. In the end, there is only one thing to do- create a big art bus for everyone to enjoy!

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With lots of flaps to lift and investigate, ‘Choo-Choo Peekaboo’ is a very engaging, amusing board book, perfect for sharing again and again. Its sturdy structure is just right for little hands and there are plenty of noises to join in with- and add to- as Zebra’s adventures unfold.

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Not only are the illustrations bright, colourful and fun, they are also inspired by famous works of art. Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, ‘La Grande Jatte’ by Seurat and Constable’s ‘Hay Wain’ appear amongst others - a wonderful idea, allowing children to become familiar with these pictures in a fun context.

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Offering something a bit different, ‘Choo-Choo Peekaboo’ is a delightful story which is full of fun!

Choo-Choo Peekaboo illustrated by Gareth Lucas

Little Tiger ISBN: 978-1788812023

Beautiful Board Books!

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'A Walk in the Countryside' explores opposites using sweet illustrations showing friends as they enjoy themselves on a day exploring the countryside before heading home. 

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Each double spread offers a picture with plenty to discuss and enjoy. The words are clearly printed on lovely thick pages. 

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'Mummy!' is a delightful lift the flap book set in Ancient Egypt. Each picture is full of details of daily life and the flaps lift to reveal objects complete with their hieroglyphs. The simple repetitive text is perfect for joining in with. An board book with a difference!

National Trust: Up and Down- A Walk in the Countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw

Nosy Crow ISBN: 978-0857639448

The British Museum: Mummy!  byLerryn Korda

Nosy Crow  ISBN:978-0857639493

Books from The British Museum

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'Mixed-Up Masterpieces- Funny Faces' is a wonderful book which allows children to explore some of the wonders of The British Museum. Masks, busts, mummies, carvings... lots of different faces from different times and cultures can be mixed up to make the bizarre and the humorous.

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However, before long, interest in and discussion about the 'real' face emerges. Notes at the back tell the reader what the object is and when and where it was created. A QR code offers the opportunity to discover more about each one and there is always the possibility of visiting The British Museum itself and tracking down each one, giving a real focus to a visit. 

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'Opposites' uses objects from the collection to illustrate concepts like 'inside' and 'outside', 'cold' and 'hot'. Using paintings and objects, this robust little book will be enjoyed again and again . Discussions could be hadabout why each image was chosen as well as what they might have been created for.

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Another book in the series is 'Colours'. This also uses a wonderful range of objects to illustrate all shades of a colour. A dot of the colour to match is by the name on each page so there is no confusion about the colour being identified in the images. Again, each object is identified at the end of the book so discussion is encouraged beyond just naming the colour.

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A brilliant way of introducing children to the wonders of the British Museum from the earliest age, these books could equally be used with older children. Their quality ensures they will stand up to repeated enjoying!

The British Museum: Mixed Up Masterpieces- Funny Faces

Nosy Crow   ISBN: 978-1788000796

The British Museum: Colours

Nosy Crow  ISBN: 978-0857639691

The British Museum: Opposites

Nosy Crow  ISBN: 978-1788000871