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What’s Next?

Authored by Timothy Knapman
Illustrated by Jane McGuiness
Published by Walker Books

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What’s Next? In this story, we meet Baby Badger and his dad. Baby Badger is keen to go exploring the world outside his snug, dark den. He takes delight in the wonders of the nocturnal world, but when it’s time to head back into their burrow, Baby Badger isn’t quite ready to stop exploring. The daytime world proves even more beautiful than the nighttime one, but when baby starts yawning he realises it’s time to go home, but he doesn’t know how to get there. Luckily dad is there to guide him.

I can see this being a useful book for science topics nocturnal creatures, day and night or woodland habitats in the early years or infant classes. The full-page illustrations by Jane McGuiness provide plenty of discussion points about a range of nocturnal creatures you might see in a woodland or what species of plant you might spot.  It also highlights how different the same place can look in daylight and what other animals you could see then.

In addition to this, What’s Next? features a safe, loving relationship between father and son, and celebrates curiosity and exploration. It would also be interesting to see what children think about Baby Badger’s decision to go out exploring on his own.