illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
I don't review board books very often, but I couldn't pass up this one. Look at that cover and tell me that a toddler wouldn't love it. You will get tired of looking at this book because your kid will want it over and over again.
On the first spread, you have a white bunny with spots on a black background on the left. The right side of the spread features a raccoon with a striped tail on a white background. These illustrations are detailed and stimulating. Young (and old like me!) eyes will be all over this stuff. The striped snake on a black background is especially cool. You will be able to talk to your child about animals and all the details that they see. Think of the vocabulary you can impart. Look at these two cuties below:
The final spread is adorable and smart. Two toddlers, one with polka dot shorts and the other with a striped shirt in a color illustration, are playing with a box of toys that resemble the animals that have been featured. If you want to make your kid think (and who doesn't?), guide them to connect to the animals on the previous page. Of course your child is above average and will do this on their own.
Baby Animals Spots and Stripes is a very sharp nonfiction board book. This would be a terrific and unique baby shower gift. Throw in a couple of onesies and you will be a hit at that party.