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Introducing the Don't Tickle! Series for Babies

31st March 2020

Don't Tickle Books

Meet your new favourite books for babies and toddlers! The Don't Tickle! series comes from the creators of the multi-award-winning That's Not My books and, just like them, is bound to be a hit with babies and toddlers everywhere.

Combining touch-and-feel and animal noises, this is a lovely series designed specifically with babies and toddlers in mind. You’ll have fun practising animal noises with your little ones as they smile and giggle at the different animals!

This is brand-new series started with Don't Tickle the Hippo and Don’t Tickle the Lion, and Don’t Tickle the Dinosaur is set to come out later this month. 

Find out more about the series, and how it came about, from its creator, editor Sam Taplin, below in his guest blog.

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2020-03-31
Introducing the Don't Tickle! Series for Babies

guest blog from sam taplin

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2020-03-31
Introducing the Don't Tickle! Series for Babies
Editor,  Sam Taplin

As with a lot of the best ideas, the spark that led to Don't Tickle was taking two different things that are fun on their own and wondering what might happen if we put them together. In this case those two things are touchy-feely patches and embedded sounds. Touchy-feely has of course been a key part of Usborne for a long time, with the huge success of That's Not My, and in recent years our embedded-sound books have also been very popular. So we couldn't resist combining both ideas into a brand new series where you touch a soft patch and this activates a sound effect. As soon as we tried it, we sensed we were onto something exciting - it's just enormous fun and very surprising to touch a shaggy bear and hear it growl, or touch a feathery parrot and hear it squawk. Especially when each of those sounds is carefully honed for maximum impact by our favourite audio wizard Anthony Marks.


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Introducing the Don't Tickle! Series for Babies
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Work in progress design by Anna Gould & final illustrations by Ana Martin Larranaga

The other thing we love about this series is that it's a little bit mischievous, because you're being told not to tickle all these animals, which naturally makes it completely impossible to resist doing it. Everyone has a slice of mischief in them, and I really like the innocent fun of saying to a small child... you're not really going to tickle that hippo are you? Because it might grunt if you do! Some books for babies and very young children can feel a little bit bland, but there's really no need for them to be - little children love to laugh and play and have FUN! And we hope that this series might inspire that.

Without wanting to spoil all the surprises, we even have a musical finale at the end of each book, where you can hear all the animals you've tickled going bonkers to the tune. We've had the giggles so many times while working on all this, and it's lovely that children and their parents are telling us they feel the same. So if you're a fan of That's Not My, and of entertaining sound books, then this could be the new series for you. You'll have to excuse me now - I'm off to listen to a warthog...

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2020-03-31
Introducing the Don't Tickle! Series for Babies
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Don't Tickle the Lion!

Don't tickle the lion! You might make it roar... Little ones just won't be able to resist tickling the touchy-feely patches to hear each animal make a sound in this hilarious novelty book. At the end, readers will find all the animals being noisy at once. An exciting new series for babies and toddlers, from the creators of That's not my...

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Don't Tickle the Hippo!

Don't tickle the hippo! You might make it snort... Little ones just won't be able to resist tickling the touchy-feely patches to hear each animal make a sound in this hilarious novelty book. At the end, readers will find all the animals being noisy at once. An exciting new series for babies and toddlers, from the creators of That's not my...

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Don't Tickle the Dinosaur!

You shouldn't tickle the dinosaurs... but it might be hard to resist! Little children will love pressing the touchy-feely patches to make the sounds in this hilarious book. When you tickle the soft patch on each charmingly illustrated dinosaur, it triggers a noise... and then at the end you can hear all the dinosaurs being noisy at the same time.

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