One of the things I liked about this book after reading it through for the first time… it wasn't predictable. A pink house! That got my attention straight away.The next unpredictable thing about the book is the story settles on five visitors searching for their animals. It is well known that the number three plays an important role in young children's stories; like The Three Bears, or The Three Little Pigs, or stories that use three events, but Alison has chosen five events with five outcomes. This pushes the word count out to over 600 words, but for younger readers who struggle to sit still for any length of time, the illustrations are detailed enough to engage the children while the parent can add their own creative flair to shorten the storyline. For slightly older children who have mastered the art of sitting still for longer periods, Alison's delightful story written rhythmically with rhyme, will delight any listening ears. The story flows fluidly off your tongue and there are many opportunities to modulate your voice to enhance the text on the page and captivate your young audienceI particularly love the variety of characters. They too were not predictable; each with cool names like Professor Tom Twitchy seeking his blue-speckled owl and Mr MacAlpine calling for his lost cockatoo, Coco the keeper, the Pony Club girls, and Frances the FarmerOne by one, mistakenly drawn by the sounds baby makes from inside the house, these colourful characters arrive at the little pink house in search of their missing animals. When they discover it was the baby making the sounds, they wonder, where could there animals be? And, can a simple cup of tea solve their problems? The text is non didactic and allows the baby to be the hero in her own right, with the help of a clever sibling.I highly recommend this Children's Picture Book for any budding readers' bookshelves, especially those with a new baby in the house.