Poppy and Sam’s Bedtime by Sam Taplin & Simon Taylor-Kielty


Based on illustrations by Stephen Cartwright.

Published by Usborne, 2019.

I’ve long been a fan of Stephen Cartwright’s illustrations and I remember fondly the original Poppy and Sam Farmyard Tales books (which he illustrated). Recently, among the books in the waiting room at our doctors’ surgery, my young son has also discovered a love for Poppy and Sam stories. We were both delighted by Usborne’s recent re-launch of the brand.

img_1691Poppy and Sam are two pre-school children who live on Apple Tree Farm with their mother. In Poppy and Sam’s Bedtime it’s early evening and time for the children to go to bed. Poppy and Sam persuade their mom to let them stay up a little bit longer and they go around the farm saying goodnight to each of the animals in turn.

Poppy and Sam’s Bedtime is a sturdy board book with lovely touchy-feely elements and hidden lift-the-flap details on every page. Children will love these tactile interactive aspects which really help them to get involved with the book. Slightly older children will also enjoy searching for the yellow rubber duck on each page. The brightly coloured illustrations are cheerful and fun. There’s lots to look at and loads of cute farmyard animals too.

The book is perfect as a bedtime story but it’s lovely to share at any time of the day.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 1+

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

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