Four new board books welcome the youngest readers into a group of three friends. There is Panda, Sheep and Owl, who are all different, enjoy different things, but manage to be the best of friends despite that. The series has warm illustrations that are done with a mix of paint and fabric. This lends a real richness and friendliness to them. The text of the books is brief, humorous and engaging. These are stories that are simple and great fun.
Good Night, Sleep Tight is a bedtime story. The three friends decide to go camping in their sleeping bags. They all settle in, but both Owl and Sheep are uncomfortable. Only Panda is cozy, so the other two decide to join Panda in the one sleeping bag.
Let’s Play House has the friends building a play house together out of a blanket and some chairs. But the house doesn’t work out so well, especially after Panda stands up to leave, taking the roof with him. But all is not lost, as a new game is invented.
Puddle Jumping is about bravery. Owl and Panda have great fun jumping over a big puddle the three friends discover. But Sheep is scared to try, scared she will fall on her bottom and get hurt. Eventually Sheep does try to jump the puddle, and she ends up having a lot of fun in an unexpected way.
Yummy Ice Cream is about sharing. Sheep and Panda both have ice cream cones that are very yummy. But Owl doesn’t have any. The three friends find a very inventive way of making two ice cream cones into more.
As you can see, children will recognize their own play and activities in these books. These are modern, stylish board books for the youngest of children. Appropriate for ages 1-3.
Reviewed from copies received from Penguin Books.