Open This Little Book…

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Open this little book for a fun little lesson about colours and size.

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier and illustrated by Suzy Lee (whose books Wave and Mirror, Mirror we have reviewed previously on Babyology) is a clever story about the power of books.

The very different format of this book – increasingly smaller die-cut pages that open to reveal a smaller (then, toward the end of the book, bigger) book, is sure to be irresistible to young children (if that makes no sense, check out the video below!).

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The story features different animals reading variously coloured books. The books within the book get tinier and tinier, finishing in the centre with a bear reading a little blue book. And what do you think the little blue book is about? Well it’s about all sorts of animals and the books they read of course! But there is a ‘giant’ twist.

The story is in the tradition of the nursery rhyme The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, where each component of the story mirrors the last, building to a climax. In the case of Open This Little Book, the ending is a sweet and fitting reminder about the joy of reading.

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In a departure from the pared-back illustrations in Lee’s previous books, Open This Little Book is gloriously detailed. The colour palette builds as each animal character and the book that they are reading is introduced, culminating in a final illustration that is a wonderful celebration of colour, animals and books. Careful observation reveals small, pleasing details (for example the book begins with black and white end-papers and finishes in full colour) that will have kids wanting to read this simple and short book over and over again.

Open This Little Book is suitable for children aged two years and over. Find it online at Book Depository which ships free of charge to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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