Big Dog, Little Dog: Lift-the-Flap Opposites
Get ready to meet a whole host of cool new doggy friends in this playful lift-the-flap book of opposites for little ones! Bursting with graphic flair and clever paper craft, it’s a book that delivers just as much on style and creativity as it does on learning.
Finding new ways to introduce very young children to the idea of opposites isn’t easy. But what French/Swedish illustrator élo has succeeded in with Big Dog, Little Dog is using the concept of flaps and folds to help bring this to life. Her ‘awake’ dog sits tall, but folds down to its ‘asleep’ position and a very simple cut-out kennel helps explain the idea of outside and inside in a very practical way. The range of flaps offer little hands something different to explore on every page and that in itself will keep little minds engaged throughout.
Straight, curvy, fat (or fatter) you’ll also find it impossible not to fall in love with each and every one of élo’s canine creations. Her use of abstract features and contrasting patterns works wonderfully to give each dog its own personality, and the colour palette of mustards, oranges, greens and pinks gives this lovely little board book a fresh, modern twist. I can’t think of another picturebook dog with neon pink leopard print ears, or cut-away holes for its spots. And that’s what makes this book stand out from the crowd.