“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Katherine Bullock / Board Book / 26 pages / Published August 2009 by Phidal Publishing Inc „
The toy story drawing with pals book and magnetic pad is great for little ones.
My son was given this for christmas so unfortunately I don't know how much it cost, however I have seen other versions of this book in 'the works' for about £2 in a sale so I'm sure if you shop around you could find it at bargain price.
This product is a book and toy in one. It has a magnetic drawing pad -which is like a mega sketcher but with a magnetic pen to draw with instead of turning the knobs to draw. The pad has a magnetic pen attached with a cord so it doesn't go missing and a slot for the pen to live in when not in use. There is a slider at the bottom of the board which wipes the board clean and around the edge there are raised plastic toy story figures, the toy story logo and printed patterns for decoration.
Below the pad is the drawing with pals book which has thick card pages. On the left hand page there are images from the film and a short written scenario from different parts. For example, the first page is about the toys waiting for Andy's birthday party guests to arrive from toy story 1. There is an image of woody and Lenny the binoculars. The last line is in bold and tells you to draw Lenny using the step by step guide on the opposite page. True enough there is a step by step guide using simple shapes on the page directly below the magnetic board. The idea is that the child then uses this guide and can learn to draw the characters.
Likewise you can learn how to draw sheep, aliens, Sids dog, a van, penguin and loads more. Because of the wipe clean board your child can practice and practice over and over again without wasting paper or rubbing out. Just wipe the board and start again. Once they are happy they can always use the skills they have learnt to draw it on paper and keep it forever.
The book actually uses images from both toy story 1 and 2 which I think is great because it allows the child to learn to draw more characters and read more of the story without having to buy separate books.
My son likes turning the pages while I read it to him, he is only 16 months so hasn't got the hang of copying images or drawing real things, but he does like scribbling on the board with the magnetic pen. The great thing about this toy is that I can happily leave him to play with it knowing that he can't scribble on the carpets or suck any ink out. It is a completely mess free product which will one day help him to draw, not only characters but anything he wants.
Overall I am very impressed with this product and would recommend it to anyone.