Who’s in the tree that shouldn’t be? by Craig Shuttlewood (2014)

My two-year-nephew and I have just had an absolute blast with this book. Our conversation went something like this (use the image below as reference).

Lucy: “Sammy, what’s this purple one called?”

Sammy: “Eeyore.”

Lucy: Laughing “That’s not Eeyore, that’s an Octopus. Can you say Octopus?”

Sammy: “Ottopuss”

[Repeat the same conversation on each page.]IMG_1153

Second reading of the same book about ten minutes later.

Lucy: “Sammy, what’s this purple one called?”

Sammy: “Not Eeyore!”

I knew I was going to love this book from the moment I picked it up, and Sammy and his ridiculousness cemented it for me.

A little like, The big animal mix-up each page features an animal in an unlikely place. Think a giraffe in outer-space, a peacock underwater, that sort of thing. Nifty lifty flaps are always a bonus. The delightful part is all the great sotto voce rhyming lines. So in the Octopus (or “Eeyore” page) we’ve got “What’s that strong pong?” “Is something wrong?” “I’ll tag along”.

Such a fun book, with fantastic illustrations (on lovely paper) that’s great one-on-one or with an audience of preschoolers.

Check out Who’s in the tree that shouldn’t be? at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Who’s in the tree that shouldn’t be? from Fishpond.

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