This proven series of well plotted, energetic board books is loved by children everywhere.

Julia Marshall, Publisher

Can I Sit in the Middle?

This read-together board book is a snowballing narrative of animal chaos that culminates in story time under a blanket tent.

Everyone’s on the sofa to share a book: zebra, cat, child, lion. “Wait!” says Zebra, “Stork isn’t here yet!” Then the cat needs a cushion, the hamster’s missing, someone’s sitting on the lion’s tail, the fish wants to be in the middle… NOW they’ll be able to start—won’t they?

In this fun, cumulative story, the familiar chaos of piling onto the sofa with friends builds to a climactic hullabaloo until the happy ending of sharing a book in an ideal reading spot—behind the sofa under the blanket tent.

Susanne Strasser’s snowballing animal stories that children love are bestsellers in multiple languages.

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  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Germany
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. School Library Journal

      “Flexibility, the fun of reading aloud, and enjoyment of the company of others seem to be the messages of this humorous book. Repeated reads and lots of laughs are in sure supply.”

    2. Midwest Book Review

      Fun, humorous, child friendly, and original.

    3. Youth Services Book Review

      Charming artwork and gentle drama make this…a standout board book.

Available worldwide from your local bookstore or online.

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