What's Next?
What's Next?

What's Next?

Written by Timothy Knapman & illustrated by Jane McGuinness
Physical book
3 - 5
Reading age
Page count
Nov 5, 2019
Publication date

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This celebration of curiosity and loving fathers is sweet and full of fun details.

As night falls, a baby badger wakes up and begins to explore, first in his underground home and then farther afield with his loving father in the night-time forrest above. His repeated question—”What’s next?”—propels the story and the little badger forward to new experiences, while opening an opportunity for readers to talk about the importance of appreciation versus repeated requests for more, more, more. As his curiosity gets the better of him and he sallies forth to explore the day-time alone, Baby Badger becomes acquainted with the delights of a world bathed with sunshine before realizing that he’s all alone and far too tired . . . just in time to be rescued by his dad. This simple story is carried by the illustrations, which create a world of interest in the dark-time and underground scenes rare in children’s books; the lost treasure, dinosaur bones, bulbs and other riches hidden beneath the surface add a sense of wonder and beauty to the badger’s world that gives little readers an opportunity to feel a thrill of discovery that mirrors that of Baby Badger. The contrast between night and day in the illustrations is poignant, and while colors of the day-time are vibrant and fun, the nighttime shines with a level of detail that belies the pure gray color scheme.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • There are lots of fun details to watch for throughout the book, particularly in the soil. What can your child find?
  • Baby Badger is awake at night (a nocturnal animal), but through his curiosity he learns about what you experience every day during the daytime. What can you learn from Baby Badger's story about life at night? What other animals are awake?


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Book Details

Publication Date
November 5, 2019
Candlewick Press
Text Details
This book was typeset in Quicksand.
Illustration Details
The illustrations were done in mixed media.
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 5 years

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