When I Grow Up (Who’s That?) By Tad Carpenter

There are so many crap toddler books on the market. Why buy them – when you could buy ones created by amazing designers.

Here is another board book in the ‘Who’s That?’ series by designer Tad Carpenter. My son will be pleased, the last one I gave him stayed in his hands for months on end. He still grabs the now dog-eared, torn remains of the book from the shelf. I can’t bring myself to throw it away; it’s become a sort of comfort blanket.

Clearly, he has impeccable taste and will grow up to be a trail-blazing designer.

Published by Sterling

Who’s That? On the Go by Tad Carpenter

A beautifully designed and illustrated board book bright colours and gatefold flaps that reveal the answers to the question “Who’s that?”

The book acts as a guessing game that toddlers will love to interact with.

Each page is contains a new question with clues to work out who is hidden behind the flap. Is it a bicycle rider, a truck driver or a sea captain?

This has now replaced Goodnight Moon as my son’s favourite book. When I gave it to him, he didn’t let go of it for 2 hours. He now demands to sleep with it in his cot.

Published by Sterling.

Zoom! Zoom! Sounds of Things That Go in the City by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Tad Carpenter

See and hear a day in the life of the city through the eyes and ears of a young boy. From the TING-A-LING-A-LING of an alarm clock in the morning to the RUMBLE RATTLE of the subway and the BEEEEEP-BEEEEP of the streaming traffic to the SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH hush of evening, celebrate all the wonderful sounds of the city in this fun, interactive picture book that’s perfect for reading aloud.

Simon & Schuster

Check out Tad Carpenter’s blog.

Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! By Todd Tuell and Tad Carpenter

Follow this little ninja as he sneaks up on the family dog, swipes a cookie from his brother and escapes from Granny’s kiss… only to be eventually out-ninjaed by his younger brother’s sneak-attack! With fast-paced rhymes that parallel the little ninja’s quick moves, this humorous ode to stalking, sneaking, spying and scheming is sure to be read over and over again. Tad Carpenter’s bright, action-packed illustrations will inspire imaginary play for a new generation of ninjas.

Abrams & Chronicle

Pantone: Colour Puzzles by Tad Carpenter

In this fourth Pantone offering for the under-5 set, children will learn to colour-match shades of each of the basic 8 colours in a self-correcting format. Each spread will focus on shades of a single colour, featuring a tonal full-bleed illustration on the left side of the spread and a grid of colours on the right. The illustration will have 4 removable puzzle pieces that fit into the 4 associated quadrants, by shade. This puzzle book enables young children to further their colour knowledge and familiarity in a uniquely engaging way, strengthening both their colour acuity and their spatial and fine motor skills. An appropriately challenging and fun first-puzzle book for the colour-conscious!

– Abrams&Chronicle