This is a push and pull book for little fingers to have fun with. The front cover has a gate which can be pulled out to see children on swings and slides. It's a very busy cover with lots of things for your toddler to point out, such as balls, a doggie, a balloon etc. A little girl waits by the gate, ice cream in hand ready to lead your child into the world of the busy park.
Over the page the little girl and presumably her brother and mother are in the park by a big tree. 'Spot the creatures in the tree!' reads the text and there is a push up which reveals an owl, some squirrels and baby birds in a nest. I think this is a lovely page and my daughter seems to think so too. The next pages show a playground with children on swings, a roundabout and a push up and down see-saw. On the following page the little boy stops for a buttie and the girl watches the fish which are on a wheel you can push so they seem to swim around in the pond. My daughter isn't too interested in the fish so far, she prefers the next page where you can pull the clouds and rain out to reveal a rainbow and an old fashioned aeroplane behind them. The back cover also has some small illustrations, worth mentioning as I get another pages worth of reading out of them with my little one.
This is currently my daughters favourite book, although the reason for this may be that I don't leave it out for her to have at anytime, it's one that gets brought down to look at because it is a little bit too easy for a one year old to destroy. We have already had to selllotape the last page back together because the clouds were pulled out repeatedly and rather too forcefully before we decided to keep it out of reach. My child is in the early age range for the book, at twelve months, and this mightn't be a problem with a slightly older child as it seems fairly sturdy.
The back of my book tells me there are four books in the 'busy' series; the others being busy beach, busy garden and busy playtime. A quick check on Amazon reveals that there have been others added to the series, busy railway, airport, builders and garage, all by Rebecca Finn. I will certainly take a closer look at them and perhaps buy one, as this book has been such a hit.
Published 2004 by Campbell books - part of Macmillan publishers. Cover Price £4.99.