In my view, Helen Oxenbury’s old-school baby board books set the gold standard for children’s books in the infant-to-2-years age category. Here I review a board book from her delightful series about Tom and Pippo. For my review of Oxenbury’s equally delightful baby board book Clap Hands, click here.
Best Baby Board Books: Summary
Tom is a toddler with a favorite toy monkey named Pippo. On the first page of the board book—the page with the publication details, before the story begins—there is a picture of Pippo wedged between two books on a bookcase. As the title suggests, Pippo is lost, and this first illustration shows us where he is hiding.
When Tom discovers that Pippo is lost, he begins looking for him. The board book’s opening line, “Sometimes Pippo gets lost…,” suggests that Pippo has been lost before (does this bring to mind any toddlers you know?). Continue reading