In this novelty concertina book for babies, one animal per soft, padded, cloth page is outlined in black and white with pink spots for cheeks.
Predictably, cat, dog, and bunny are included, while a raccoon and owl are more-unexpected choices. The final critter, a broadly smiling bee with stylized antennae and stripes, may go unrecognized by toddlers. The only text is the animals’ names, some printed in block letters and some in cursive. Friendly Faces in the Wild, published simultaneously, features conventional choices: bear, elephant, toucan, lion, tiger, and crocodile. The accordion-fold format does not provide page-turning practice, and the fully open tableau is not notable for its artistry. The back of each book is woven fabric, and the cover image has stitched “ears” and embroidered details. A paper interfacing makes the book crinkly. One would assume a cloth book is washable, but a very small label recommends wiping it clean, which seems like unrealistic guidance given that the intended users are teething babies.
Money would be better spent on sturdy board books. (Cloth book. 0-1)