The gentle rhyme encourages the reader to think about their own personalities as they explore the detailed illustrations. Are they a big kid or a little kid? Are they calm or a little crazy? Do they like hugs? Are they outdoorsy? Do they like to make a mess?
There is a diverse host of characters, playing in lots of different ways and I like the fact that care has been taken not to genderise the activities. We see little girls climbing, making a mess and dressing as superheroes and little boys snuggling with teddy bears and showing emotion.
The very last page asks ‘What kind of kid are you?’ and I love that this elicits a different response from Ivy every time we read it. As well as encouraging her to think about who she is, it’s also started a wider conversation about the fact we don’t necessarily feel the same way every day, and that’s ok.
This has been a lovely addition to our bookshelf and I think it’s an interesting gift for new parents if you’re looking for a board book that’s a little bit different.
Buy from Bookshop.org and support independent bookshops: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/155/9781534432048
Buy from Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2LdMjhO
Note these are affiliate links and Ivy’s Library will receive a small commission if you choose to purchase through them.