Family Flip Flap is a re-issue of a limited run book from 1982 (previously entitled Family Scramble), illustrated by classic children’s illustrator, Maureen Roffey. The tops and bottoms of faces are bisected so that they can be mixed and matched to uproarious effect; Aunt Helen sucks a pacifier, Tiny Tess mends a car, Mommy makes a mess and Daddy does his homework. Whilst there are other flip-flap face books on the market, the family element makes this uniquely hilarious, and children ages two and up will delight in subverting traditional adult-child roles. Clear, accessible illustrations maintain their vintage feel whilst being further revived by the use of pantone printing.
YOUTH SERVICES BOOK REVIEW: It is not so much a reading book but just a great little book for some laughs. I did a “silly stories” theme one time for a preschool story hour and this book would have been perfect. It is good for kids to see all different kinds of books. The illustrations are bright and colorful and that is always a plus.
Children between the ages of three and five would enjoy the humour and beginner readers would be able to decode the reading by looking at the pictures.
Who should buy this? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centres, anyone that works with children between the ages of three and five. The pages are sturdy so it will tolerate a great deal of handling.