If books did sport these would be the ones playing rugby, American football and ice hockey. Life in the danger zone. Existence with thrills, spills and an awful lot of violence. All that sticky tape isn't there for decoration - it's the only thing holding most of these books together. Sometimes even that isn't enough.
Welcome to 8 of the best - and bravest - books in existence. Your toddlers will love them so much they'll want to eat them!
1. 'my first' series
[Dorling Kindersley, also printed by Sainsbury's]
|Packed with colour|
2. Noisy Baby Peekaboo!
|Full of happy baby sounds|
This is a book for reading in the daytime only, though, as my experience indicates that the sensors don't pick up on artificial light, only daylight. So always make sure you're reading this near a window!
3. Who Said Moo?
|A noisy trip around the farmyard|
4. Dinosaur Roar
[Ragged Bears Publishing]
|Crunch, munch, dinosaur lunch|
(That's what the kids will say.)
5. v-tech Peek-A-Boo Book
|Toy or book? Who cares?|
Only one problem: there isn't an 'off' switch. Be prepared for 'Hey, Diddle, Diddle' from morning through 'til night.
6. Farmer Duck
|A touching tale|
The plot may be highly improbable (but there are lots of children's books with improbable plots) but this is a good read nonetheless. The big selling point as far as toddlers are concerned is all the animal noises that you can make. You'll have them 'mooing, baaing and clucking' until the cows come home. Enough to drive you quackers!
7. Say Goodnight to the Sleepy Animals!
8. Hippo Has A Hat
|Hats off to you J.D. & N.S.|
A list of children's books wouldn't be complete without at least one Julia Donaldson creation and I've chosen this one to finish with, although Chocolate Mousse For Greedy Goose is equally worthy. This is the rhyming story of the day that a party of animals go into a clothes shop and start trying things on. Want to see what a gorilla looks like in blue fluffy slippers with rabbit ears? Or a pig trying to get into a pair of jeans a size too small? Wonder no longer. The answer is here.