* Prices may differ from that shown
My three year old son is a huge fan of trucks, diggers, big machines and building sites. If we are out walking and he spots any construction work we simply must make a detour to go and have a look at the machines in action. His toy boxes are full of excavators, diggers, steam rollers and other such toys, amongst all of his cherished fire engines of course.
At Christmas last year I bought him a Caterpillar board book titled Big Noisy Trucks and Diggers. I purchased this from Amazon where it is currently available at £8.09, a slight reduction from the RRP of £8.99.
When the book arrived I was slightly disappointed in its size. Although not particularly small, it is not as big as I would have expected measuring 22.1 x 18.5 x 1.8cm. Nonetheless the description on Amazon notes this size and I simply did not read it before buying.
The pages of the book are quite sturdy and the surface has a glossy finish. To the right hand side are five sound buttons which we are encouraged to press as we read the story. When we need to press these, there is a small image of the relevant button within the text making it very easy to follow.
In terms of quality I am not completely impressed by this book. On arrival it was already slightly scuffed down the spine and across the top edge. I toyed with the idea of returning it for another but decided instead to keep it. Three months on however and it is now very scuffed indeed. The majority of the damage is to the front and back covers and the pages inside are almost completely unaffected. This has been well cared for, as well as two young children can care for a book, as my children have other books which are still in very good condition despite being read plenty of times.
Another fault in terms of quality is that despite the sounds being very loud and clear on Christmas day, after just a week or so they suddenly became muffled and quiet. The battery can of course be changed and this is something which I plan to do shortly.
Big Noisy Trucks and Diggers introduces young children to a selection of Caterpillar big machines. When turning each page, we are presented with one photograph of a particular machine which fills an entire page. Beneath the photograph is the name of the machine. The opposite page has text and images to prompt us to press the buttons. The text is written as though we are operating these trucks ourselves. For example it begins with "Climb into the cab of your tractor and get settled in the driver's seat."
What I like so much about this book is that we are not presented with child-like illustrations of diggers and such like. Instead we are shown actual photographs of these machines in action. This makes it all the more attractive for young children who love diggers and construction sites. Each photograph is bright and clear and shows the machine doing the job it is meant to do, a great way of giving a visual description of what it is used for.
My son adores this book and talks eagerly about the pictures and what the machines are doing. My one year old daughter has also taken a liking to the book. She adores any book with sound buttons but is also rather intrigued with the subject of the book too. Having an older brother to guide her, one of her first words was actually "Digger!"
Despite its flaws in terms of quality it is nonetheless rather sturdy. It has a great educational benefit and demonstrates the work of big machines with words, sound buttons and actual photographs. I would highly recommend this book for any digger fan.