This is once again an old favourite, and in this particular instance an original from my childhood. I’m honestly impressed that it managed to make it through three of us, and that my parents saw fit to keep it.
I do love a lift the flap book, as anyone who’s read my previous reviews will know, even if they sometimes cause me issues with my inability to lift the things. Thankfully as this is an old copy, none of the flaps sat flat so I could easily lift them.
The book appears to have struck the correct balance between text and illustration. It is entirely possible that I have been attempting to read books to Toby that are far too old for him, but this one seems to have been a popular choice. We did squeeze in a trip to the zoo last year, but as he was about three months old, I don’t think he took much in. This time around he should know most of the animals and we’ve used this book to work on the noises they make so it should be fun.
This is probably best suited to those children who are dexterous enough to lift the flaps. It is after all no fun unless they get to discover what’s behind the box, and the moral of the story which is that a puppy is better than a lion as a pet is also a welcome relief. Unless of course you are a cat person in which case you are probably crying foul.