Roald Dahl: Words by Roald Dahl

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Illus. by Quentin Blake, Penguin Random House, 2020. ISBN: 9780241440001.
(Age: 0-4) Highly recommended. Another sturdy board book will bring joy to both faces of very young children and their parents as they explore the world of words as illustrated by the wonderful Quentin Blake, at the same time being introduced to some of the characters that they will encounter when they begin to read the Roald Dahl stories.
This is a very colourful, durable board book, which has the addition of substantial lift the flaps that should stand up to rugged use by young children. Right from the first page, where children will hear the instructions, "Up, up and away!" they will have fun finding the pictures of the words that are read, and then counting the balloons that are soaring on the page. The engaging crocodile, so familiar to many adults, is on the next page, and there is a lift-the-flap for children to uncover a fabulous elephant. The book continues in this manner, with several pictures and words, fun exclamations and exciting lift-the-flaps, sure to engage any young child, while they learn new words and skills.
This is a perfect gift for a young child whose vocabulary will increase in a very fun way, and all will love the exhortation at the end, "Never stop reading".
Pat Pledger