Hi, I'm going to do a really bad job of explaining this, if you're wondering. Anyhoo, have you ever read a book and thought, yes! That is exactly what a child sees in their mind when they play pretend? You know, like the art just captures a piece of imagination or something? Well, that's what we have with these two books!
First, It's My Birthday, which is a sweet little board book where a little boy gets some animal friends to help him make a cake...
It's written and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and it has the 'build onto the story' style where with each new animal he meets he explains which items he already has and which he needs next.
(I think I mentioned this before, but I love Helen Oxenbury's animal drawings!)
This next book is even more delightful, if I do say so myself. And it rhymes, which we know I love! This time the writing is done by Peter Bently with Oxenbury providing the wonderful art.
King Jack and the Dragon finds Jack and his men out on a quest to build a castle and slay dragons...
"I knew you weren't REALLY dragon," yawned Jack
as he bravely rode home on a big giant's back.
This one just came out of the library bag last night, but I can guarantee we have fort building and dragon slaying in our immediate future around here! I just might have to join in, the laundry can be the dragon!