This is such a cute and original book! I have never really seen anything like Up & Down a Lift-The-Flap-Book.
It’s an adorable story of two penguins separated by circumstance and trying to find one another again. My kids all loved the book, especially the baby! He liked lifting and closing the flaps over and over again. The flaps were really unusual in that they were all different shapes and sizes on differing parts of the pages. One even spans across two pages. It gives it a new dynamic my kids haven’t seen before.
The pictures are very basic and simple, keeping the focus on the penguins. I like that Teckentrup is both author and illustrator. I always feel like that gives it a higher level of connectedness since the author is really best at making their words play out in pictures. They can bring their vision to life.
I like the message behind the story of never giving up and finding exactly what you are looking for no matter what. There are literal and figurative ups and downs in this book that take this penguin on quite a little journey.
Up & Down is a story for kids from 2 – 5 but even my baby and 6 year olds liked it as well as my 5 year old so I think it has the ability to reach a greater range of children. It would make a great Christmas gift for the little ones on your list this season!
About the Book
Lift the flaps to take Little Penguin on a journey filled with ups and downs.
Little Penguin misses his friend and decides it’s time to visit. Leaping off his iceberg, he embarks on a journey, facing ups and downs and ins and outs until the pair are finally reunited. Young readers will have fun getting hands-on with this interactive book of lift-the-flap opposites, presented in an upmarket format that perfectly showcases Britta Teckentrup’s color-rich artwork.
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