Nosy Crow and the National Trust have collaborated on a range of books recently. One of these is Up and Down: a walk in the countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw. It’s a beautifully produced board book of opposites. It’s sturdy with thick, heavy pages that feel as though they’ll survive much handling by young fingers. The illustrations have just enough detail to make them interesting but the characters are not overwhelmed by the background. The colours are strong and bright and dynamic and come to life beautifully.