This read-together board book is a snowballing narrative of animal chaos that culminates in story time under a blanket tent.

Everyone’s on the sofa to share a book: zebra, cat, child, lion. “Wait!” says zebra, “stork isn’t here yet!” Then cat needs a cushion, hamster’s missing, someone’s sitting on lion’s tail, fish wants to be in the middle… NOW they’ll be able to start—won’t they?

In this fun, cumulative story, the familiar chaos of piling onto the sofa with friends builds to a climactic hullabaloo until the happy ending of sharing a book in an ideal reading spot—behind the sofa under the blanket tent.

Susanne Strasser’s snowballing animal stories that children love are bestsellers in multiple languages.

"A standout board book." Youth Services Book Review.


Susanne Strasser studied communication design and illustration in Munich and London. She is the author and illustrator of many successful picture books, particularly this series of board books about animal friends. She lives with her family in Munich, Germany.


Charming artwork and gentle drama make this German import a standout board book. Littles will enjoy pointing out the animals and keeping an eye on the door to see who enters the room next. The blond haired kid, who is nongendered, has rosy pink cheeks and happily welcomes all of their animal friends. Making reading a fun group activity is nicely modeled here, with all friends welcome.

Youth Services Book Review

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