Hot on the heels (excuse the pun!) of Romeo’s Big Book of Clever Ideas is a second title from Button Books featuring this lovable hound. Romeo Explores The City is targeted at a slightly younger audience (roughly 1 – 3 years old) and is a beautiful series of questions to ask children about what they may see in a city, before they turn the page to explore further. With questions like “where do we go when we want to travel by plane?” or “where do we go when we want to buy toys or clothes” it really gets children thinking and talking to the grown up reading the book. A lovely sharing opportunity.
In typical Alain Greé style each double page spread is packed full of beautiful vintage-style detail and there is so much you can talk to your child about when sharing the book together. No matter which city you apply the book to there is loads that children will recognise, either from their own experiences or from things they have seen in other books or on the television. It is also a brilliant way of helping to increase your child’s vocabulary.
Talking to children and asking them questions is such a fundamentally important way of increasing their language, yet when you’re a new parent it can be a slightly weird and alien thing to do. Romeo Explores the City almost guides you as a parent through the questioning process, so that almost by stealth it helps you have that dialogue with your child about the book that you’re sharing. It’s not a difficult thing to do, but like so many other things as a new parent, you sometimes need a bit of a nudge in the right direction and Alain Greé has done that perfectly here.
Romeo Explores The City is available to buy online here. ISBN: 978-1-90898-599-6 Published by Button Books and priced at £6.99. Other planned titles in the series are Romeo Explores The Seaside and Romeo Explores The Farm. For more Alain Greé titles look here.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Romeo Explores The City for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.