An inquisitive baby badger is drawn to discover the world outside his den in an endearing, delightfully illustrated father-and-child story.
Baby Badger sleeps all day in his snuggly burrow. When he wakes, he explores every nook of his home and wants to know “what’s next?” So Daddy takes him to the dark forest above to roll in soft moss and snuffle in bluebell bulbs and watch the silvery moon setting, a signal that night is ending and it’s time to go home. But if daytime is “what’s next,” how can Baby Badger sleep without seeing that? So he slips out alone to see the brilliant flowers and birds and to feel the yellow sun hot on his fur. Cozy illustrations and a child-friendly text depict a curious little creature dazzled by the world’s natural wonders — and a doting father who is there to guide him back if “what’s next” turns out to take him a bit too far.
About the Author
Timothy Knapman has written more than fifty books, including Dinosaurs Don’t Have Bedtimes!, Soon, Follow the Track All the Way Back, Time Now to Dream, and the popular Mungo series. He lives in Surrey, England.
Jane McGuinness is the author-illustrator of Prickly Hedgehogs!, her publishing debut. She lives in England.
Knapman's (Superhero Mom) sweet, simple language pairs cleverly with McGuinness's (Prickly Hedgehogs!) mixed-media illustrations, directing readers to examine closely the visual setting as well as the playful animals who inhabit it...Celebrating both inquiry and a loving relationship, What's Next? would make a great addition to home and school libraries.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review)