May 2014, Little Tiger Press, 22 pages, Hardback, Review copy
Summary from Little Tiger Press
A cute and cuddly touch-and-feel alphabet book to teach babies their ABCs. Each page turn reveals a new touch-and-feel texture for babies to stroke. The rhyming text leads little ones through their alphabet and introduces them to a range of first words and objects. This bright photographic ABC book makes learning the alphabet fun!
I was really excited about feeling all sorts of different textures, and wondered how there would be enough for all the letters. Unfortunately that’s where this book lost a grade. Not all the pictures actually had a physical texture – some like the fish scales weren’t made from a shiny material, it was simple a picture of a goldfish. I think it would have been far more engaging to have the shiny scales (& other elements for the letters) because having to imagine a crunchy apple might not be the easiest thing for the younger reader to do, and there wasn’t anything to touch or feel for some letters like v for vet.
However, the rest of the book is awesome! I liked touching the different areas on the animals, some objects had embossed parts (I guess it would be hard to smell an orange in a book) which were also fun to feel. My favourite page is a toss up between c for cake (which was glittery and sparkly) and w for whale which was a cute illustration.
Another book with different textures to touch is Lulu's Lunch by Camilla Reid & Allie Busby (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)