Ed Vere: My top five children’s books

The Banana!, The Getaway and Five Dinosaurs Jumping On The Bed author picks his favourite children's reads

Ed Vere: My top five children's books

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (Puffin)

Using ‘clever tricks’ the Enormous Crocodile is on the lookout for lunch… a plump and juicy little child! Will he get to carry out his dastardly deed or will he be foiled by Trunky the Elephant and Muggle-Wump the Monkey?

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Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems (Walker)

The obdurate pigeon is absolutely hilarious with  expressive drawings and sassy dialogue.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Puffin)

The first book I really remember, partly for the fun of being able to poke my fingers through the die-cut holes. It’s a wonderful story about a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly.

Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski (Walker)

A brilliant and pioneering pop-up that contains an amazing amount of ghoulish detail and ingenius paper engineering.

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Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Red Fox, £5.99)

A much-loved classic, this beautifully illustrated wild rumpus finds Max donning his wolf suit in pursuit of mischief, only to find himself amongst some truly wild things.