Kipper's little friends by Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books, 2014. ISBN 9781444918182
(Age: 2-5) Highly recommended. Mick Inkpen's Kipper series is celebrating a milestone with twenty-five years of stories and cartoons. Children who grew up with Kipper are now adults, ready to share the simple delights of new Kipper story with their babies and toddlers.
Arnold, Kipper's friend is playing with a new toy, a small gray fluffy owl. They begin to talk about baby animal names so Kipper checks his computer (a pear brand obviously) to discover there are owlets, froglets even a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet. The friends decide to visit the park with their net to search for some baby animals. When Arnold throws Small Grey Fluffy owl into the pond, they discover a surprise in the net.
The simple, expressive sentences with large font sizes, carefully placed text and highlighted words help create a sense of wonder and support a child's early literacy development. His simple, bright watercolour illustrations and the careful character placement on a white background, make this another wonderful addition to the Kipper series.