Advent Calendar Book Reviews: Day 2 – Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

In the lead up to Christmas, I’ll be sharing short reviews of great books and who they’d be perfect for. Find the master list here

Day Two: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Adventures of a Subversive Reader: Caps for Sale

Genre – Junior Picture Book

There once was a peddler who sold caps of different colours. However, he was different from other peddlers because he wore them on his head. One day, when sales were bad, he sat down to rest under a tree. Only that tree contained some very mischievous monkeys who had a fondness for caps.

This classic picture book is a big favourite in our house. The illustrations are relatively simple, with a muted colour palette. Squirm loves reading the part with the monkeys and the way they interact with the hapless peddler. I’d imagine as children got older they would be happy to join in with telling the story and supplying the actions – especially if they’d heard it a few times.

Highly recommended for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and early primary – they can all get something out of this lovely book.

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