Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Farm, by Axel Scheffler

Does anyone remember the book Por-Gua-can by Sara Ball? It's out of print now, but Axel Scheffler, illustrator of two of the best books ever, both by the incredible Julia Donaldson, has revived this formate and made it more fun with Flip Flap Farm! Scheffler and Donaldson are the team who brought us The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom and, most recently, SUPERWORM, all of which you really should run out and buy if you have never heard of them. Scheffler's illustrations are colorful and expressive, and his animals (and creatures) always seem to have a look in their eye like they know something we don't...

Flip Flap Farm is definitely more enjoyable if you can read, or if you are reading it out loud to a crowd, but, for those non-readers, it's still a ton of fun to read through, flip the flaps and make up new animals. Scheffler has craftily designed his pages so that the mixing and matching of animals creates silly names for the new ones like a "rouse" (rabbit and mouse) or "pouse" (pig and mouse) and of course the "cabbit" (cow and rabbit" and the "coat" (cow and goat) and my favorite, the "squurkey" (your guess)! Along with his fantastic illustrations, Scheffler presents two rhyming quartets in the voice of the animal which, when mixed up can be pretty funny. Rather than me going on about it, take a look at the flip-flap-creations below and definitely watch the brief book trailer.

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