Kids Picture Books from Tate: Alphabet and What Happens When…

We just received two lovely kids books from Tate Publishing. I love going to both Tate Britain and Tate Modern – they are wonderful art galleries and always welcoming to families and children. They also have a fantastic book store (I do hope they will stock Red Ted Art!! It is so beautifully designed and produced, that I am sure it would be a great fit…). I digress.

They sent me the following:

What happens whenWhat Happens When…” by Delphine Chedru

Beautifully illustrated the author sets a number of scenarios of “what happens when…”. What happens to Teddy when I leave him behind? What happens to my bedroom when the light is switched off? What happens to my tooth when I put it under my pillow? Lift the page sized “flap” and what happens is revealed.

We like it on many levels – to begin with the illustrations are simple and wonderful. Next, we enjoyed exploring what Chedru thought would happen “when” (e.g. the tooth is found by a chicken who ends up with a set of teeth and teddy has a fun time at the playground). But we also enjoyed it, as it stimulated discussion and imagination. The children got to think of what THEY though would happen when.. lots of happy giggles.

Alphabet Kveta PacovskaAlphabet by Kveta Pacovska

Pacovska’s books to me are where “Art meets books” – the illustrations are as much about art as they are about the book itself. The new Alphabet book by Pacovska is just that. Following the Alphabet we are surprised by pop ups, bold colours and great textures.

My 3yrs old is particularly taken by the shiny surfaces and textures and loves sitting quietly and going through the book herself. Every so often she will ask what the letter is and repeat it to herself.

Would you like to win a copy of “What Happens When…”? To enter, visit my sister site Theatre, Books and Movies and check out the Kids Movie Reviews section. Which film have you seen?


1) One entry per person

2) Open to UK residence only

3) Giveaway closes on 31st March 2013 11:55pm

4) Winners will be selected at random

5) Prize delivery is the responsibility of Tate Publishing and not Life At The Zoo

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