Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle
Our May children's picture book of the month is Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle by Axel Scheffler.
Pip and Posy is a series of picture books that deal with the dramas of toddler life. They are written and illustrated by Axel Scheffler whose past books include The Gruffalo, which has sold more than two million copies worldwide and been translated into 29 languages.
Pip and Posy are typical toddlers: they are best friends (most of the time!) and they have fun, but sometimes, just like any other toddler, they get cross and sad. It takes friendship, sharing, understanding and a cuddle to make things better. Children and parents will recognise their own emotional roller-coasters in these stories. And, of course, every story ends happily.
In Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle, Pip comes to Posy's house to play, and they have a lovely time. But Pip is having such fun he forgets he needs a wee wee. Posy mops it up, and lends him clean clothes to wear, and next time Pip needs a wee wee he does it in the potty all by himself. A perfect story for tackling the subject of toilet training!
Each book in the series deals with a different toddler subject such as sharing, being frightened, taking turns and compromising. Find out more on the Nosy Crow website.
About the author
Axel was born in Hamburg, Germany. At school he was good at art, but didn't think of a career in illustration until he won a cuddly purple cow in a drawing competition. He moved to England in 1982 to learn English and study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art and then set up home in London. Axel illustrated a number of books for various publishers, and in 1993 Kate Wilson, now MD of Nosy Crow, suggested him as the illustrator for Julia Donaldson's first picture book text, A Squash and a Squeeze.
This was the start of a hugely successful partnership: their bestselling modern classic, The Gruffalo, has sold over three-and-a-half million copies worldwide, and the TV animation was broadcast on Christmas day 2009. Axel has illustrated a number of other highly successful books, including Muddle Farm, and his books have been translated into 42 languages. Axel lives in London with his partner and young daughter.
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