Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Allan Ahlberg , Janet Ahlberg
Poetry Novelty Board Book
For ages 2 to 5
Penguin, 1997   ISBN: 978-0670871926

A little baby is standing up in his crib and he sees his father and mother sleeping in bed. He also sees the sun outside the window and his teddy and ball. Later in the morning, while he is eating his breakfast porridge, he sees his dad coming i to the kitchen carrying a bucket of coal, his grandma putting the laundry on the washing line, and his sisters skipping in the yard.

Later, the baby and his sisters are taken to the park. While the baby plays with his teddy and looks around, his sisters try to catch fish in the pond, and his grandma knits. There are lots of children at the park and they are all busily doing things. In fact, the whole day is full of busy people and interesting things to watch.

In this charming little book, peek-a-boo cut outs in the pages let little children see a part of the scene that appears on the next page. All the main illustrations are colorful and packed full of details, and children will enjoy trying to find the things mentioned in the lilting, singsong, rhyming text. They will also find other things to interest them as they explore the artwork.