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This is a review of one of our absolute favourite book to read together (DD and I). It's a 1996 hardback version of the book by Lucy Cousins (of Maisie the Mouse fame) and is titled Katy Cat and Beaky Boo and features lots of exciting flip the flap action. I must confess that I was drawn to the title being a Katy myself and adoring cats - how could I not love this book?!
At the moment, the book is in the 'Waiting for mr Sellotape' pile out of reach of hands that love to explore this book. It is in a bit of a sorry state but it shows that it has been played with a read an awful lot.
A bit about...
In the book, we explore the friendship and differences between Katy and Beaky. Colours, patterns, homes and food are some of the topics covered. A cast of other animals help to make the distinctions between the animals and each flap opens differently to reveal something underneath.
Here are a few of our favourite flap. One is a beehive, which has all bees underneath buzzing around, another tiny flap has a little ladybird beneath but our favourite flap has to be the little joey in his mother's pouch.
Pages and format
The book has 12 pages, on the left side will be Katy Cat exclaiming a statement about herself then the challenge is to find out what equivalent Beaky Boo has. eg. what they eat. The right hand page usually has around five flaps to lift and we do this together as my daughter is always keen to get on to the next page.
Although I have said that I love this book, the true test is in my daughter's opinion. I often ask her to pick a book to read and if this is in the pile of offerings, she will pick it out first every time. As I said above, it's often in the repair shop as she is a little rough and the pages are quite thin so it does easily rip. She is young though and I like to think she is not tearing it deliberately (although sometimes I wonder!).
The book is so colourful, it cannot fail to get your little one's attention. The flaps provide an ideal amount of interaction and lots of exclamations from us both. The only critical point is how much it rips but then I probably began reading from it from too young an age really.
Price and availability
This is a book I would consider repurchasing when mr sellotape can't do any more for us. I think we have had so much from it already, yet it still remains a popular read and there are new reprints available. Whilst our copy is only available second hand, the 2012 reprint costs just over £5 on Amazon at the moment.
This is an excellent book to read together and at 12 pages it lasts more than a few seconds to work your way through. It is a firm favourite in our household and one I will probably replace as our copy is falling to pieces!