Lion Practice

Publisher: Macmillan

If Emma Carlisle's first picturebook is typical of her work, it promises a future feast for the youngest readers.

Heroine Laura likes to rampage around as she 'practices' being various animals. As she copies the behaviour of each animal she can be noisy, messy, athletic and (occasionally) quiet. There's a new sibling in the house and we get the impression that Laura needs to make sure that Mum and Dad still remember that she's around and needs attention.

The illustrations are child-orientated, using crayon techniques, filled with movement, and funny - every toddler will love the naughty bathroom bottom scene - with plenty of detail for readers to discover and discuss. A lovely book and hopefully the first of many to come.

Share this page with your friends

More books like this

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

Author: Eric Carle

Glorious two-dimensional illustrations in soft sponge-prints bring the animals to life and encourage counting without the need for words. This is a book to treasure.

Read more about 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

Catch That Crocodile

Author: Anushka Ravishankar Illustrator: Pulak Biswas

This is a catchy rhyming, rhythmic story of village life interrupted by the appearance of a wily crocodile.

Read more about Catch That Crocodile