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Animal Crackers

Authored by Ruby Wright
Illustrated by Ruby Wright
Published by Barrington Stoke Ltd

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Animal Crackers is a delightful children’s book that invites young readers on a whimsical journey of imagination. Reminiscent of the classic tale The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Wright’s story captivates readers with its charming narrative and vibrant illustrations, making it a perfect choice for sparking creativity and wonder in children of all ages.

The story follows a young girl named Maisie who receives a mysterious box of animal crackers as a gift. To her astonishment, the crackers come to life, and soon, her ordinary day transforms into a magical adventure filled with animals and unexpected surprises. As Lily embarks on this enchanting journey, she discovers the joy of imagination and the limitless possibilities it holds but it does become a problem when the animals take over the house and end up eating all the food!

Wright’s writing is playful and engaging, drawing readers into a world where anything is possible. Through Maisie’s encounters with the lively animal crackers, children are encouraged to embrace their imagination and explore the wonders of their own imagination.

The illustrations in Animal Crackers are whimsical and charming, bringing the story to life with vibrant colours and endearing characters. Each page is filled with delightful details that invite readers to immerse themselves in Lily’s magical world. What sets Animal Crackers apart is its ability to spark creativity and encourage children to think outside the box. By allowing children to let their imaginations run wild, the book inspires them to see the world in new and exciting ways.

Overall, Animal Crackers is a tale that will capture the hearts and imaginations of young readers. With its charming story and captivating illustrations, it is sure to become a cherished favourite for children everywhere, inviting them to embark on their own magical adventures and let their imaginations soar.

I would recommend this book for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1, ideal for story time or library sessions. I would definitely read this book alongside The Tiger who came to Tea so that children can make comparisons between the two stories. A lovely story and it’s nice to see the monkey stay behind at the end.

Longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2024