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New Twirl Books Make Reading Even More Fun

Well-known publisher Chronicle Books recently announced a new line of interactive books and games for babies, toddlers, and young children. Created in partnership with Éditions Tourbillon in Paris, Twirl Books feature highly engaging formats and visuals.

Twirl. Turning heads, shaping minds.

I was given the opportunity to check out the first five titles released in the Twirl line, courtesy of the wonderful folks at Raincoast Books, an award winning, Canadian-owned book wholesale and distribution company based in my hometown of Vancouver, BC.

The Ultimate Book of Vehicles: From Around the World
by Anne-Sophie Baumann and Didier Balicevic

The Ultimate Book of Vehicles: From Around the World by Anne-Sophie Baumann and Didier BalicevicKids LOVE lift the flap books! If your kids are curious about what’s going on behind the scenes, under the hood, or inside a ship’s hold, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles will be a hit. With more than 80 different vehicles, the book covers demolition and construction, city maintenance (think street sweeper, pooper scooper scooter!), agriculture, road and rail travel, commercial transportation (logging truck, ice cream truck!), rescue, fishing, sea travel, air travel, and space travel. The subtitle says, “From Around the World,” but it’s not really. The vast majority of vehicles are native to North America, with just a few from elsewhere.

There’s something fun to see and do on each page. Tee especially liked counting down from ten to zero and launching the rocket ship that lifts right up from the page. Be aware there are lots of small pieces and moving parts (meaning, lots to rip), so I would say this book is appropriate to older kids 6 and up. I supervise Tee with this one because a few of the moving pieces are a bit tight and hard to operate with preschooler fingers.

Reading the Ultimate Book of Vehicles

My First Color Dominoes: The Game of Color Discovery
by Édouard Manceau

My First Color Dominoes: The Game of Color Discovery by Édouard ManceauOne side of this box holds a board book illustrating blue, yellow, red, black, white, grey, brown, green, pink, purple, and orange. The other side holds 28 domino tiles made from heavy cardboard. Each tile features coloured pictures that kids can match end-to-end like regular dominoes while identifying the colours.

My First Color Dominoes: The Game of Color Discovery is recommended for ages 4 and up, but I think most 4 year olds are pretty familiar with their colours already. Tee certainly knows them, but we still had fun playing the game.


Jojo’s First Word Book by Xavier Deneux

Jojo's First Word Book by Xavier Deneux

Jojo’s First Word Book has almost 200 basic words organized with sturdy tabs into four categories:

  • Jojo and Lulu – body parts, emotions, clothing, and family members
  • At home – parts of a house, in the living room, in the kitchen, food, in the bathroom, toys, and tools
  • Out and about – on the street, at the train station, in the garden, at the swimming pool, at the beach, and enjoying a snowy day
  • Animal friends – on the farm, at the zoo, and in the sea

The words are written in cursive which gives the text a rustic, charming feel but makes it less than ideal for Tee to practice her reading skills. The simple illustrations are clearly labeled to help little ones identify and point to objects. The 3d house cutout on the cover and the cloth carrying handle are cute features. Kay certainly loves carrying her book around!

Carrying Jojo's Book of First Words


A Tree For All Seasons by Maryse Guittet

A Tree for All Seasons by Maryse Guittet


This one is Kay’s favourite of the five books. Sturdy enough for her little hands to explore without ripping, the shaped pages explore the seasons and how the tree and its inhabitants change throughout the year. Each page has a hidden surprise under a flap. For example, a bunny peeks out from behind a flap on the spring page, and autumn leaves hide a squirrel and a sleepy owl.

Presto Change-o!: A Book of Animal Magic by Édouard Manceau

Presto Change-o!: A Book of Animal Magic by Édouard Manceau

This fun book was a hit with both the girls. Presto Change-o! features 8 transforming spreads – “animal hide-and-seek, with a twist!”

From a hot air balloon to a rabbit, a teapot to an elephant, and a rocket to a penguin, Tee loved turning and moving the pieces to create the transformations. Unfortunately, I turned my back on the girls for less than a minute and by the time I looked back Kay had yanked off the racoon’s head. I have the pieces to glue back together, but man she’s quick!

Check out how the bubbling pot turns into a raccoon.

Presto Change-o 2


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  • The kids in our family all love the book Each Peach Pear Plum so that is one I definitely recommend.

  • My son absolutely LOVES Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site and Steam Train Dream Train. Both are by Sherry Duskey Rinker.

  • Author Jan Brett’s books are deligthful and the the illustrations are magical, with the color and detail.
    We love them, all ages included!

  • when my kids were little their favorite book was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    • Yes! We have the shorter board book one and the full one. My kids run around yelling out the whole book 🙂

  • My daughter just got a new book called “Olivia”. It’s about a little girl pig named Olivia and it’s adorable. Not sure who it’s by. And I love Grumpy Bird It’s one of the cutest books I’ve seen.

  • Robert Munsch! They are fun for parents and kids alike. I prefer his ones illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Another favourite author is Mercer Mayer. His Little Critter books are perfect for toddlers.

  • I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win 5 Twirl Books.
    In response to your question of
    What book would i recommend for your toddler and preschooler?
    I would recommend Baby’s Got The Blues by Carol Diggory Shields
    and Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mcbratney.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • My favourite as a child and my daughter’s favourite children’s book is The Paper Bag Princess.

  • Some of our faves are guess here and come back puppies.
    as a baby/toddler my son liked jamberry and nightcar

  • Robert Munsch for sure, I also loved the “where the wild things are” so many great choices !

  • Growing up, I looooved “My Goodnight Book”, but alas it is no longer printed! Can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss or Robert Munsch now 🙂 I’m a sucker for the books that I was read when I was young. Makes me feel nostalgic!

  • Dr. Seuss is an all-time favourite, but aside from the more popular of his books, like Oh, The Places You Will Go!, The Lorax, and Green Eggs and Ham, I love Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? It’s wonderful!

  • My two year-old is a big fan of anything Robert Munsch, particularly “Murmel, Murmel, Murmel.” We also like anything by Oliver Jeffers, and the Skippyjon Jones series.

  • Somewhere in my house is a box of books that I need to find this week, it’s loaded with a bunch of Robert Munsch! They were some of my sons favorite when he was younger. You can never go wrong with one of his books!

  • Sandra Boynton. She has a whole series of really really awesome toddler books. All five of my boys LOVE her stories. They are really a lot of fun!

  • My children are adults and I have grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. The favourite book now seems to be I love you to the moon and Back.’ and ‘Goodnight Moon.’

  • My grandson’s favorite book right now is the new one that he got for Easter from he’s grandma. It’s all about little lambs.

  • My son loves How a Dinosaur Says I love you and anything by Dr Seuss. OH and the book On the Night you were born 🙂

  • My almost 2-year-old loves books! Some of her favourite authours are Dennis Lee (Canadian poet), Oliver Jeffers (especially the boy and penguin books), Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears (only the ones with fewer words, like bright and early books or early readers), Sandra Boynton, and Richard Scarry.

  • Well for toddlers and older kids I would recommend Graeme Base. His stories are amazing (sometimes long) and the illustrations are just stunning and full page. Another author that my 5 year old really loves is Enid Blyton. Specifically her stories about the Enchanted Forest. But her stories are long with less illustrations.