Book Review “Farm”

Author, Illustrator: James Brown
Board book: 16 pages
Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk Rep edition
Release Date: April 9, 2013

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“Farm” is a simple book for all kids ranging from babies to toddlers. It draws you in with the cute illustrations and fun patterns. My daughter is only 1 and yet she already knows what various animals are including cows, dogs, ducks, etc. I attribute this to book like this “Farm” grabs kids attention and I highly recommend this! Also if you are looking for more be sure to check out the other books in its set “Ocean” and “Zoo”. 

Official Premise: Introduce babies to the animal residents of a farm in a bright, graphic, nearly wordless board book that will grab their attention as it fosters developing visual skills. Each right-hand page features a simple white shape of a pig, sheep, dog, horse, goose, or cow against a vivid background, while the facing page features the same shape in a charming, folk-art-style pattern.

Book Review “Playbook Farm”

Author: Corina Fletcher
Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Hardcover: 12 pages
Publisher: Nosy Crow; Pop edition
Release Date: September 11, 2012

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

I am not sure what it is about farms and kids but they always seem to go one and one.  Good ole’ McDonald has been always been a part of kids learning.  When I saw that Nosy Crow was making a pop-up book about a farmyard, I couldn’t help but request for my own daughter.  But there is more this beautifully detailed pop-up book isn’t just a beautifully detailed pop-up book.  After reading the pop-up book this then unfold and transforms it into a 3D farmyard landscape playmat.  I am blown away when I first unrolled this interactive book.  Also included are stand-up cardboard animals and a tractor that you can move all around the farm!

Author, Corina Fletcher is a designer specializing in pop-up books and paper engineering and has twenty years of experience. She really delivered a very innovative approach to the typical pop-up book. The illustrations by Britta Teckentrup are also very colorful and friendly. The only bad thing about this bad, which really isn’t bad, is that you will probably never see this book put back into pop-up book format once the kids find out that it unravels into a playmat. This is a must-have for all kids 3 and up for sure! Also makes a great Christmas gift…hint hint parents!


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