Our home is packed to the rafters with books. In fact when we moved house it was mostly to house all the books. The boys are also big fans of books and so we were delighted when we received a copy of Creaturepedia to review for Mumsnet.
It's a beautiful book for a start. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but seriously this is such a good looking one you'd be hard pushed not to be tempted to flick through the pages at first sight. Look at the contents page. It is so lovely and descriptive for children who aren't reading yet (Baby Boy) and those who are learning (Big Boy).
The page marker is a bright colour so you don't lose your page easily and it's a large hardback book so it's pretty sturdy - an essential in our house as books get a lot of use and can come acropper if Baby Boy is being too enthusiastic. Talking of which, he's a big fan of animals, particularly cats and dogs, so the family animals section was of great interest to him.
I like the layout of the pages with great illustrations and large type for young readers. The sections have inventive names like 'The pretty-in-pinks' which appeals to my inner eighties kid.
Then there are double page spreads like these beauties which show some lovely images and tell the story of where animals originate from in picture form.