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Wibbly Pig is happy, but what could be the cause of this joy? This delightful little board book written by the celebrated children's author Mick Inkpen finds us enjoying the beach with Wibbly and his pet puppy. My youngest son got this lovely book as a present at Christmas, he is only 2 so cannot read on his own, this is very much a read aloud sharing book. He is now at the stage where he can enjoy the story by himself as he can follow the story through the excellent illustrations.
This is a very simple story, in a very simple format. The book is only 14 pages long, on each set of facing pages one has text and illustrations and the other only illustrations. The illustrations are very clear and well defined, it is very obvious from the picture what is happening in the story. The language is very straightforward and to be honest there is very little text, many of the pages with text have only four words. The story opens with Wibbly skipping along with his bucket and spade in his hand. This is a wonderful opening for my son as he absolutely loves going to the beach and building sandcastles. Each set of pages shows Wibbly engaged in an activity, building sandcastles, eating ice-cream, being splashed by the water. My son is fascinated by the expressions on Wibbly's face and the emotions he is displaying, my son empathises with Wibbly at each different stage of the story. Wibbly does suffer a minor set back and is indeed upset, but the outcome of the story is happy and my son tries to comfort Wibbly after the setback and is then much cheered up by the outcome.
Although my son does not recognise the words he can certainly identify the activities undertaken by Wibbly and the emotions he displays. We have great fun looking at each page and my son tells me what is happening and how Wibbly is feeling. This is a very short story but it is a great opportunity for little ones to have some quiet time and is an excellent introduction to emotions and how we feel when different things happen. Each time we read the story we find something new to talk about and enjoy together.
The book we have is a board book and can be wiped clean, after small sticky fingers. The pages are thick which make it easy to grasp and turn over. My son wanders around the house with the book in his little hands and can be found looking at the pictures and telling the story to himself or his toy bunny rabbit. We have had this book for nearly six months now and it is still in excellent condition so it is very hardwearing. This is another fun book in the Wibbly Pig series and certainly would encourage young children to enjoy reading and to use their imaginations. We would definitely recommend this story from Mick Inkpen.