Mr. Zebra needs a new house. But when the jungle is too loud, the desert is too hot, and the seaside lets the water in, he comes up with a surprising solution! ANIMAL STORIES FOR BEDTIME introduces young readers to a joyful collection of new friends, from Mr. Zebra and Roly Poly Puppy to Farmer Bear and his cabbage disaster. Each character comes alive with their own vibrant personality in the illustrations of Atsuko Morozumi. From Abel the Burglar to Peter the Unhappy Fisherman, even the smallest character is a delight. Whether they’re joining the adventures of Farmer Bear, whose cabbages have rolled away, or following Roly Poly Puppy’s narrow escape from Big Red Fox, young readers are encouraged to participate in the storytelling, with cues from the lush artwork and lively text.
Readers will hunt for Freckly Speckly Hen’s eggs, which she lays in all sorts of unusual places, or follow Farmer Bear’s cabbages as they float down the river. And in Morozumi's special picture stories, parents and their children are encouraged to bring luminous and brilliantly-colored scenes—in the hospital, the street, the park and the harbor—to life with their own storytelling. Rich and full of fascinating detail, these wordless stories sharpen observation and memory skills, and offer a new surprise every time.
Funny, inventive, and the perfect length for "just one more," these playful animal stories are the perfect bedtime treat, with illustrated die-cut tabs that encourage readers ages 1 to 4 to flip to their favorite stories again and again.
Atsuko Morozumi is the illustrator of One Gorilla, an American Bookseller’s Association Pick of the List and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. She has illustrated many acclaimed children’s books including The Reindeer Christmas.