The Safari Set by Madeleine Rogers


Published by Button Books, 2017.

This lovely rhyming board book introduces young readers to five different safari animals: lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras and hippos. For the most part, there is a only a single line of text per double page and so it’s incredible just how many fascinating facts are packed into the book! The Safari Set is pitched at just the right level and is a brilliant introduction to children’s non-fiction. In the inside back cover there’s extra information about the animals along with an environmental message about climate change.


The book will really engage young readers – the pages are colourful, the animals cute and cartoon-like, and the sturdy pages with rounded edges are perfect for tiny hands. At different points in the book the reader is addressed directly and this will help them to connect even more with the text.

IMG_2420The book is beautiful to look at – bold and eye-catching. I really like the stylised, design-led illustrations and the use of patterns, in particular.

There’s some fabulously ambitious vocabulary for this age range, for example, ‘scorching hot’, ‘dazzling sight’, and ‘dusty plains’. This, combined with the jaunty rhymes, makes it a treat to read aloud.

There are a number of other books in the series, including The Polar Pack and The Jungle Crew. We’d love to collect them all!

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable from birth.

Thank you to Button Books for sending me this book to review and to Toppsta for organising the giveaway.

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