Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Read, Read, Read said the Baby: Splish, Splash, Splosh! by David Melling

This is a book for older toddlers, as it has a story progression and simple counting. Each page has half of a rhyming couplet "One fluffy duck goes waddling one day./Two fluffy ducks have found a place to play!" Each spread shows a small diving board and swimming pool with a branch in the corner. The only thing that changes in each picture is the addition of another duck and their accessories. There's also a little mini story focused around the branch in the corner.

The colors are bright and cheerful, representative without being too vague. There are many details to notice, from the ducks' swimsuits to the little story with the bird and branch, but the simple white background and and basic layout don't change, keeping it from getting too cluttered.

It's on the large side for a board book - about 8 inches square. Like a lot of Tiger Tales, it has a soft padded cover. I'm very anti-padded cover firstly because something about puffy covers makes me feel like crawly bugs and secondly because I've found their bindings are often poor. I borrowed this from another library and it looks almost new - except it's already got a little rip in the spine, something that happens really easily with this type of binding.

Verdict: Despite the poor binding, this is a very attractive book both in text and art and worth adding. Recommended.

ISBN: 9781589256439; Published 2012 by Tiger Tales; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Added to the library order list

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