Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud (Wee Beasties)
Roary the Lion loves to roar. The only problem is, he roars WAY too loud.
WAIT! Can you show Roary how to be quiet?
Wee Beasties is a new board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much. In this second book in the series about Roary the Lion and his big outside roar, little ones will learn how to use their quiet inside voices.
What I loved: Toddlers will giggle as Roary surprises his parents with his loud, outside roar, and then enjoy teaching Roary how to use a quiet, inside voice to speak to the baby. This book is highly interactive, asking the toddler to show Roary how to use a quiet voice, and full of fun as, oops, Roary roars too loud. The word-to-picture ratio is just perfect, and the pages turn quickly at a pace appropriate for the toddler audience. The pictures suit the text perfectly, and the multi-panel pages are loads of fun with many images to follow along with Roary’s story.
What left me wanting more: As in many children’s books, the parents are portrayed in typical gender roles (Daddy is reading a newspaper while Mommy is preparing/bringing lemonade to Roary). I would love to see more books where these roles are reversed or both parents can be, in this case, serving food or relaxing.
Final verdict: This highly enjoyable book is loads of fun for toddlers who are learning to control the volume of their voice. With giggles and teachable moments plus great images, this book is fun for younger and older toddlers (1-5 years). Be prepared to read this one over and over again with your young one!