There are many great books out there for preschoolers and in time we will hopefully review a lot of the truly remarkable ones. Today, however, we focus on 5 colourful and hilarious books absolutely worth reading to your 3-5-year-old.
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Oi Frog! by Kes Gray & Jim Field
Our rating: 5/5
Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but what do frogs sit on? From the bright yellow cover to the twist in the tale at the end, there is a lot to be enticed by in this book. Full of colourful, quirky illustrations, the funny rhyming conversation between the cat and frog is sure to keep your preschooler entertained. This book is recommended for 3-5 year-olds but will definitely go down well with 6 & 7 year-olds too.
Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
Our rating: 5/5
“It’s not the sand inside his pants that makes this monster tetchy. His underpants are way too small, ‘I wish they were more stretchy!'”
All kinds of monsters love all sorts of underpants. With loads of colour and loads of humour, if you’re looking for a good laugh, this book is definitely it. We are far from toddlers and this book had us giggling in tons of places. From the very first page, you are treated to silly but imaginative poems and colourful illustrations that make you want to keep going. We especially loved Disco Night but there’s a lot more your preschooler is sure to love! Whichever monster you love, one thing is for sure, you’re probably not going to look at monsters the same way after this book. We recommend this book for 3 to 8 year-olds.
PS: Some have recommended this book for potty training and the switch from diapers to underpants. Best of luck!
What To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot by Michelle Robinson (Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds)
Our rating: 4/5
What do you do when you’re on safari and an elephant stands on your foot? Whatever you do don’t panic! You DO NOT want to bring the other animals your way. In this very entertaining book, we follow a boy on an adventure and a safari guide whose advice always comes a little too late. The illustrations are vibrant and the protagonist’s facial expressions at each stage are sure to make you laugh. We learn a few helpful tips along the way but our favourite bit of this book is the illustration at the end. We recommend this book for 2-5 year-olds.
Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross
our rating: 4/5
“Slugs mummy didn’t hug him, it began to bug him. And he wondered, ‘Why oh why?’ So he sets out to find a solution, getting different ideas from various animals. The most hilarious part of this book is the illustration of slug when he has finally made all the changes suggested by everyone he met. This book is written in a rhyming fashion, meaning your preschooler is sure to love it. Even better, the illustrations are bold and detailed, making it easy to picture the story as you move along. This book is adorable on all fronts but best of all it emphasises that everyone is perfect, just the way they are! We recommend this book for 3-7 year-olds.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
(Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers)
Our rating: 5/5
Poor Duncan! He opens his box of crayons one day and finds letters from each of his crayons. They are all saying one thing, “We quit!” Duncan has to find a solution soon otherwise how will he ever colour. For her first novel, Drew Daywalt absolutely nails the life of a crayon once it meets a child. The book is hilarious and as you read each letter, you can totally identify with each crayon’s complaint. The illustration at the end is especially colourful and while we would have loved some more illustrations throughout the book, there are more than enough bright, well-done, illustrations to keep your preschooler going. As an added bonus, your preschooler will hopefully approach colouring in a whole new way (at least for one day) after they read this book. We recommend this book for 3 to 7 year-olds.
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