Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Sterling Publishing‘s The Secret Lives of Princesses. I feel like I’ve been ignoring the younger set so this week I’m reviewing Chronicle Books High Five with Julius and Friends (board book ), a Paul Frank book. I have to thank Crystal at Raincoast Books for my review copy.
Paul Frank‘s monkey Julius wants to congratulate your little one on a job well done. What better way to show how awesome they are than by giving them a high-five and that’s just what Julius and his friends do in High Five with Julius and Friends, a colourful touch and feel board book.
If you have a baby or toddler in your house, you probably have amassed a great collection of board books and maybe even a few in the touch and feel category; I know we have. The touch and feel books are still popular with my now 3-year-old and Paul Frank‘s High Five with Julius and Friends is one of our favourites.
We love Paul Frank‘s characters to begin with so we were drawn quickly to seeing them in book form. Julius the monkey and all his friends simple 2-D illustrations that are very colourful and all the pages in High Five carry this fun, colourful feel all the way through. What I really like about this touch and feel book, over others we have in our collection, is the actual story. On each colourful page, Julius, with the help of his friends, praises the reader for a job well done, from sharing toys to just being a rock star. Along with the words of praise, the reader is greeted with a close-up of a friend’s textured hand for a high-five. As your child gives each character a high-five they encounter a fuzzy cat’s paw or a snail’s rubbery underside and other textures.
My 3-year-old loved giving each character a high-five and then her hand would linger as she felt the different textures. And the encouraging words put a big smile on her face. The book has made such an impression on her that after dinner the other day she said ‘I’ve eaten all my dinner. High Five!’ and went around giving everyone a high-five at the table.
You can add a copy of High Five with Julius and Friends to your personal library by visiting your local independent bookstore or visiting Raincoast Books. For more great book suggestions for kids, checkout earlier Write a Review Wednesday posts.