Children's Books with Hard pagesBooks for children with hard pages
When there is a publisher sector with which we could never be in competition with any of the existing digitised media, it is children's books. Childrens e-books and books applications, while often jokes, strip the corporeality of reading and often substitute the part of the parents as readers; they are more about diverting plays and joke than they are sleeping time bond over intimate stories.
And, in my opinion, the best books to be shared with small offspring are the interactiv - of course interactiv in the analogous way; books with covers and keys, texture and formed pages, magical ink and dolls. The added elements can emphasize the plot beat or add to the storyline actions - my current illustrated The Lavender Blue Dress with the painter Emmeline Pidgen shows a cut-out puppet on the back of the cover - and the elements of amazement, excitement and wonder are a great way to inspire your child and build the foundation for a passion for the game.
On no account is this a conclusive, all-time, best-ever listing - there must be hundreds of similar books out there that I have yet to discover, and any referrals would be very welcome - it's just a few I've enjoyed recently, and to make it easier I' ve precluded books with electronic and full-on pop-up books that would call for listings of their own.
Featuring a crisp, minimum image, Shapes follows the voyage of a mystical package of reds and contains several clear sculptural pages of a particular form. You can superimpose these forms on both sides that encircle them to display different entities - my favorite is the yellow colored circles that become the rotating rotors of a small airplane on the lefthand side, while on the right side the form becomes a sunset when the airplane passes by.
It is a full of formed pages and lifted lids, you can toss woollen and cushion battles with your cat and save them from their box. Big, easy joke - and who doesn't really enjoy a cat? Out of McSweeney's child print, McMullen's, this tale shows a man and a lady meeting each other in the center.
The hang-glider falls from one end of the volume into the hands of Mud Mask, from the other we see Mud Mask climbing to the top of a house to hit him. On the last page from every angle, the front envelope of the counterpart - there is no back envelope as such - becomes an endless page that your kids may want to enjoy reading many, many more time.
McMullen`s as well, this volume contains a thick layer of thick dark dye that vanishes when exposed to hot weather, and shows a cat-filled Accordion, a couch-dog, a feeling cuisine, the man in the Moon and much more. It' a lot of pleasure, although it may not be perfect before bed - best done with a hair dryer in your hands, so it's a loud one.
The Inkpen Classics shows some of the best instances of fold-outs that have ever occurred when the sides extend outwards and upwards to show the extent of the magical balloon's conversion. For small children, my six-year-old boy and I still enjoys this on a regular basis, although thanks to some very excited young hand, our specimen is now usually taped together.
My favorites of all lift-the-flap books for the little ones are the ageless and popular spot set by Eric Hill. Especially I like the way the keys conceal dialogues and are used to unveil fun mysteries - Spot Stays Overnight is best, with an overnight at Steve the monkey's home, the last key unveiling what was in the mystery pocket Mom brings.
This only happens once, but Duddle's immigrant cataclysm shows a big folding towards the end of the plot when a two-sided expansion spreads over four to communicate the scale of grandeur of the much slandered new neighbors, and their silent astonishment is very efficient. This is a great work for the very young, Van Fleet's guides to animals of all forms and size with slipping ducks' balls, lop-eared animals, a belching hippo, woolen ovine, a sniveling bulldog and more. Then it ends with a large leaflet with a cetacean. Even the front lid needs some action to unveil the name.
There are some superbly formed pages in this sorry story about the hateful bow tie that act like a gossip to strike the bug before the impoverished being asks the readers not to shut the cover and crush it - but most kids will of course take great pleasure in doing just that.