Early Lit Bits: “If All the Animals Came Inside” Book Review

If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder

“The walls would tremble. The windows would shake. Oh, what a terrible mess we would make!”

From elephants to hyenas and many species in between, the animals have come inside and are enjoying all the comforts of home. Mom’s not happy with the pandas invading the pantry and Dad has an unpleasant surprise when the porcupine has settled in his chair. This story has a fun, rhyming chant throughout the colorful pages. The illustrations are collage-style, incorporating actual photographs with humorous drawings.

Pinder’s book would be great for reading to a group, encouraging the audience to chant along, but also fun for one-on-one reading and spotting all of the unique photographs in the illustrations. Talk about the story and ask what kind of trouble an animal might make if it came to your house. Have your child create their own drawing or collage by cutting out pictures from old magazines. Drawing and scribbling both strengthen hand muscles, which will get your child ready to write!

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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