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What's Next?

Written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Jane McGuinness
Published by Candlewick Press
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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.

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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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Who Wrote What's Next?

Timothy Knapman

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.

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Who Illustrated What's Next?

Jane McGuinness

Jane McGuinness received an MA in children’s book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art in England. Prickly Hedgehogs! is her first book. She says, “There’s something mysterious about animals that come out at night, while we’re fast asleep!” Jane McGuinness lives in England.

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Timothy Knapman's Book Dedication

To Owen, with love.

Jane McGuinness's Book Dedication

For Lucy.

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Book Details

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ISBN 13:
Publication Date:
November 5, 2019
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Quicksand.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were done in mixed media.