“ Genre: Junior Book - Board Book / Designer: Victoria Palastanga / Editor: Jennifer Quasha / Publication Date: 2009 / Publisher: Dorling Kindersley „
Things that go is a baby touch and feel book. I've had this book pretty much ever since my little girl was born although being a bit sexist here I think its a bit more suited for little boys as it features cars, trains, dump trucks and rockets but its important for little girl to know about these things too so I would say its a great book for little ones. Now that I have my little boy this book was perfect to start reading with him as he is a typical boy and does love automobiles, etc so this book is great for him.
The book is a small A4 size so perfect for little hands to play with and to flick through the pages. The book has a soft spongy outside cover and inside the pages are thick board so they stand up really well and are quite robust. They are difficult to chew and suck and so far this book has remained in fairly good condition. I also like that the front is wipe clean so if it does get dirty which it inevitably does you can just give it a quick wipe to clean it.
Inside it's the pictures that really do it for me, they are wonderful and bright and features lots of eye-catching primary colours. For instance one pages shows a hot air balloon with the caption 'lots of stripes" and the balloon does indeed have lots of amazing coloured stripes with a shiny fabric panel for babies to touch and explore.
There are lots of different textures and things to feel in this book which make the learning even more fun. On the front cover the words "Things that go" are written in red shiny letters I think making the book very attractive to little eyes, everybody likes shiny things. Inside the book there are 5 pages of bright colourful "things that go" all on different background coloured pages such as orange, red, green and blue. We see a tugboat which says "honk honk", a train which says "chop chop", a bus, a sailing boat which says "whoosh", a digger which goes "scoop scoop scoop", a car which goes "beep beep, a dump truck which goes "brrm brrm", a fire engine off to the rescue, a plane high in the sky, a tractor which goes "chug chug chug" and a rocket which goes 3, 2, 1, blast off!!
Inside little fingers get to feel sharp, scratchy sand, see all the shiny bits in the book, feel fabric and feel glitter! This is a lovely bright colourful book with bold letters and writing that is great for teaching words, colours and everyday "Things that Go!!"
Available from DK books at www.dk.com it costs £3.99
I have a young nephew who is absolutely crazy about cars, trucks, trains and, well, any sort of transport really! During a recent trip to the library he picked out a book from the "Baby Touch And Feel (from DK Publishing)" range, namely "Things That Go". This book is something of a favourite of his, and he has selected it to borrow on his ticket the past three times we have visited the library.
I can see it's appeal given his love of all things vehicle-like, but have to confess that it is a bit junior for my nephews age group. As he is over two, I prefer to get him books with a little more content in them, but I believe that borrowing a book (or two) of his own choice is an important part of his library experience, so it's very rare that a selected book doesn't make it home.
Comprising of only 7 'doubled' small pages (including the cover), it is not difficult to tell that this is a baby book. The bold colours, attractive 'cartoon' images and the chunky 'look' to the book confirm this impression.
The main difference between this little board book and others like it is that it has a 'Touch and Feel' element to it, as you would expect from the name. Each of the book's images has a small section within them that is a different texture to the rest of the picture which makes for a more interesting reading experience for my nephew now that he is older. As the book is aimed at babies and younger children, I do feel that they would probably benefit a little more from the book as they are still learning and 'touchy feely' books like this one are generally a great way to get kids interested in books from a young age.
The wording used in the book has been kept to a minimum, which is on a par with most other baby books I have come across before. On each page, the name of each item has been neatly printed underneath it, such as "sailing boat" and "car", with all of the print being in smaller case. There is one or two words to accompany each picture, such as the noise that each of the vehicles makes, for example "whoosh" on the sailing boat page and "beep beep" on the car page. I did think this was an attractive little addition as it makes the 'story-telling' - if you can call it that, with such a simple book - slightly more interesting.
The pictures are very simplistic and are all "Things That Go" of course. The selection of attractive images ranges from "Tugboat" and "Car" to other slightly more exciting images such as "Hot-air Balloon" and "Rocket". All of the images in the book are very colourful, with the simplistic, boldly-coloured detail being ideal for young readers and young eyes.
In terms of the "Touch And Feel" sections incorporated into each of the images, I did find that some of these were of a very high quality, with the image of the hot air balloon being one of my nephew's favourites, thanks to the soft, satin-like fabric sections that can be found in the balloon's picture. Similararly, the image of the digger (another favourite) has a very 'rough' sand pile located in the digger's scoop which reminds me of sandpaper, although it is not as sharp as this. These particular images are very good for our boy and he has started to repeat the words describing the relevant sections, such as 'rough' or 'bumpy' or whatever.
If there was one negative thing to report about this little book, it would be the fact that some of the images don't contain ANY 'Feeling' element within them, instead being replaced with a sort of shiny 'foil' section in place of a textured section. Whilst I can appreciate the attractiveness of the shiny foil and the way it provides some eye-catching detail on the book's pages, I did feel slightly let down as the book is in the "Baby Touch and Feel" range. As the foil sections feel completely smooth and are without any sort of texture, I can't help but feel that this is a little disappointing and more 'feeling' sections could have been used in the book instead.
This is the only negative point I have found with this book to be fair, and it certainly doesn't seem to be a point that puts my nephew off at all... He continues to read through this book when we visit the library, with it coming home with us more often than not. We both do enjoy looking at the colourful images, and reading the easy descriptions and based on its popularity with our boy, I feel it is only fair to award the book a full five stars, regardless of my own gripes with some of the images.
The book can be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk for around £4 with postage costs for a new copy and from 1p with postage costs for a used copy. It may be worth noting that there are other books in the "Baby Touch And Feel (from DK Publishing)" range, such as "Colour and Shapes" and "First Words". (INfo correct as @ June 2012).