*AUDIO ENHANCED EDITION WITH READ-ALOUD AUDIO, MUSIC, AND TEXT HIGHLIGHTING*
A joyful celebration of the book in all its glory! For the very young, books can be anything – from a chair, to a tower, to a hat – but the best thing they can be . . . is a book… and it’s never too soon to share a good book with your little ones.
The simple text, written by debut author Jane Blatt is brought to life by Sarah Massini’s delightful and nostalgic illustrations of babies and toddlers discovering the new, magical world of books.
*This special edition of Books Always Everywhere comes with read-aloud audio and text highlighting.*
Blatt debuts with a jubilant celebration of books, aiming her chirpy rhymes at both pre- and emergent readers. Two easily sounded-out words accompany each of Massini's (Tulip Loves Rex) mixed-media illustrations, which feature cherubic babies and toddlers. On the first spread, a child stands next to a giant book displaying a picture of an elephant ("Book big"); the next pages show a baby crawling over to a board book showcasing a mouse ("Book small"). After introducing books with exaggerated horizontal and vertical formats ("Book wide/ Book tall"), Blatt ventures beyond opposites as toddlers use books for various non-reading purposes stacked as chairs, tented as hats, and as building blocks for a play house before settling down (sort of) to read. It's a nimbly paced and satisfying progression, further elevated by Massini's art, which incorporates witty thematic book titles that tie into the settings and characters (e.g., a child in a swing drops a book entitled Oops-a-Daisy!). A mouse scooting through the pages provides added visual diversion. A sturdy stepping-stone to titles like Judy Sierra and Marc Brown's Wild About Books. Ages 3 7.