Sea Creatures (My first Search and Find Book) is a large A4 size sturdy board book. Illustrated by Neiko Ng, this book has an immense amount of detail.
The book itself is a visual information book filled with colourful double page scenes. In total there are seven themes illustrated including a shipwreck, underwater forest and coral reef.
Each double page introduces you to that scene and asks questions. The questions provide more scope for discussion and of course more careful looking at the illustrations. At the bottom of each scene there is a key complete with pictures and captions making it toddler friendly and encouraging the child to find different water life and creatures.
The book is also well suited for little hands to manoeuvre through as the pages are thick and there are large tabs to use on the side. This also makes it super easy to locate your favourite page!
This book is super for both my toddler and Baby. Baby has lots to look at and when we all read it together, she is able to listen to a variety of vocabulary being used that connects with the sea and water. My three year old looks at each page so carefully and I’m sure is noticing different things each time.
The illustrations are just beautiful and the colours chosen are so inviting. It’s certainly inspired me to complete some artwork with my girls.
I feel that the book is pitched well at younger readers who are wanting to look and search for things but I also feel a fact or two on each page would have perhaps promoted more learning.
The first time we all went to the aquarium, as a family of four, Baby was mesmerised. She was in awe of what she saw and each time a fish came towards us she would tap on the glass. We were sat there for a while and it felt so calm. The book and its lovely palette of colours make Baby very intrigued. It is a great sized book to stand up while she crawls around the room and equally a great size for all of us to sit down together and have a piece of book to look at.
Neiko Ng has also illustrated other books in the series including Dinosaurs and Things That Go which I’m sure many young ones including my girls will love.
The girls have enjoyed looking at the watery scenes. As the book is large it would make a great scene for small world play and a great book to refer to before going on a trip to an aquarium or coastal area.
We look forward to seeing more of Neiko Ng’s work.
I received this book from Pan Macmillan publishers and Toppsta. All opinions are my own.