“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Mick Inkpen / Board book / 16 Pages / Book is published 2008-01-17 by Hodder Children's Books „
In the last few months Little Man has become a bit of a bookworm. He has always loved having a story read to him, but now he is 3 we want to get him starting to recognise words so I have been looking at shorter stories for him to become familiar with.
He received a Kipper book when he was a baby and it has become one of his favourites so I decided to get him a few more from the same series. Kipper is a cute brown dog created and illustrated by Mick Inkpen, who also created Wibbly Pig.
His favourite book at the moment is Butterfly. Kipper is trying to catch a little blue butterfly without much success. Kipper has to work out what the connection is between all the things that the butterfly is attracted to, and then with the help of his friend Pig he can try and catch him. Will Kipper manage to catch the butterfly?
Butterfly is a story from the Kipper storyboards series - they are also available in paperback, but although Little Man is very good with his books he is still a 3 year old boy and I felt something a bit more robust would be a good idea! The book is about 15 cm square and made of strong cardboard so ideal for little hands. There are 16 pages in the book, although not all have words on them. There are still quite a few words to each page so at the moment it is still a book I read to him rather than him trying to read it himself, however he is starting to pick out a few words.
The illustrations are really sweet and cartoon like - apparently there is now a programme to go with the books but we have not yet seen it - and we have a lot of discussions around what is happening in the pictures. The language style is very descriptive but simple enough for Little Man to understand, and we have read this one so much now that he joins in with his favourite parts.
This book has been a big hit with Little Man and we read it at least every other night. I bought this book as part of a four set from Books Direct for £9.99, which I think is great value.