Firstly Ed Vere's Max the Brave was an immediate and long-lasting favourite with Culturebaby. Max is a cute black kitten who has grown tired of looking cute and wearing ribbons. He understands that the general expectation for a feline of his ilk is rather to be fearless and brave. His mission is to chase mice... but he isn't entirely sure of the identity of his prey. He sets off to find out what a mouse looks like, and, as one might expect, Max is diverted by an array of other potential victims in the direction of the elusive rodent. Will his quest be successful and will his bravery last? Written with a humour that my two year old adored, this beautiful book could well become a future classic.
Sir Scallywag and The Deadly Dragon Poo by Giles Andreae. Before I knew it I was knee deep in monster mess and my daughter was hooked on this ridiculous tale of revolting sieges, lazy knights and projectile muck. Toddlers, as I am swiftly discovering to my peril as I currently wade (literally) through the detritus of potty training carnage, find toilet humour hillarious. The chorus of "I want Dragon Poo!" was well rehearsed at bedtime for a good couple of weeks. Go there if you dare.
Disclaimer: Penguin sent us copies of these books for review purposes. All views are, as always, my own.