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Dippy Dozy Dolly Duck is a children's book written by Kate Thompson and Elidh Rose. It is aimed at children aged 10 months and above and was a book that my mum bought for my daughter as a present. I have no idea where she bought it or how much for, although I know today it is available on Amazon for £5.25.
Dolly Duck has fast become one of my daughter's favourite books. It's a puppet book - meaning that there's a fluffy duck hand puppet that pops out through the centre that forms part of the story. The puppet is the main character of the book, namely Dolly. The pages turn over around the puppet so she's part of the story all the way through which helps to bring the story to life. Although it is aimed at children 10 months and over, I do worry about the puppet as it is a bit fluffy and my daughter is still at the stage of putting everything to her mouth - I have to pay careful attention with Dolly so that she doesn't grab the beak to chew. The book is a board book for the most part with thick strong pages throughout so has lasted well in that respect from her chewing it and throwing onto the floor. It's also easy to wipe clean the covers.
The story revolves around Dolly Duck who one day thinks that the Sun has fallen out of the sky and onto her head. She rounds up her friends (Cat, Chicken, Dog and Fox) to help solve the problem. The story is quite charming but is only very short (the book only has 16 pages in total), although the puppet is the main attraction to my daughter and keeps her entertained throughout. I find 16 pages is more than enough for a child of my daughter's age (11 months). I have to say I don't think she really understands anything about the story just yet so in that respect the age range may be a little too young. She doesn't pay much attention to the pictures either which surprised me as it is bright and colourful throughout and she is normally attracted to anything in bright colours. The puppet seems to take over! It just mesmerises her! It makes her giggle very loudly, especially when it's used in conjunction with making noises (from me, not the book). On each of the right hand pages Dolly says 'Quack Quack' in the story. We've assumed this is where the narrator (me!) moves the puppet and makes the sound. My daughter loves it, so much so that when the book is closed and left on the side she will make a beeline to get to it.
The puppet is based on the ducks beak and requires the narrator to pop their hand in to make it move. I have quite small hands for an adult but I find it quite a tight fit for my hand so I'm not sure whether it's primarily meant to be for the child to use, however at 10 months this is not something children would be able to do for themselves. I would say that the book is really meant for preschool children ideally.
I love the Dippy Dozy Dolly Duck book, it's such a good book that really involves my daughter in the story and brings it to life. I think it's a unique way to engage her with the book and keep her entertained and interested. It also helps in teaching her about ducks and the sounds that they are associated to. There are also other books available in the series with other animal (a hippo, crocodile and shark) that are based on a similar theme - I'd have no hesitation in buying these as well to add to our collection as I definitely feel she's had a lot of use from this one so far. I rate Dolly 4 stars as I think we've experienced mostly positives, I just wish I didn't have to squeeze my hand into the puppet!
Thanks for reading :o)