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My son is a big fan of the show Adventure Time which shows on Cartoon Network and so when I was looking for smaller items to go with his more expensive birthday presents and I came across the Dude it yourself adventure journal I decided to buy it for him. This is my review of that product.
Adventure Time is one of those programmes that many adults enjoy as well as children for whatever reason and as my son often puts it on the television at home I have spent plenty of time watching the same adventures of Finn the human and Jake the bendy dog! The show is a little bit crazy with weird and wonderful characters and adventures and I hoped that the Dude it yourself journal would represent this quite well.
From the off I liked the play on words with Dude replacing Do in the book title. Finn and Jake are always saying Dude so it fits really well within the image of the show in my opinion. The book is hard back and bound really well. It looks solid and as though it would hold together well as a book in which you are going to be dipping in and out of much like you would a journal or activity book. The cover of the book has a picture of Jake seeming to shout down to Finn and then the bottom half of the page shows Finn but on white lined paper giving the impression that you are going to be doing some work within this book. The book is pleasing on the eye and any young fan of the show would like the book in my opinion. It has a RRP of $7.99 US dollars on the back of the book but I bought it from amazon for £5.32 which I think is a reasonable price for the book.
Inside the book there is plenty for the child to do. There are pictures of some sort on most of the pages which of course the child can colour in but it is more interactive than that thankfully. There are sections where you can design a room for Finn and Jake's tree house or even design your own where you are encouraged to think about the things you would want or need in your tree house. Skills are tested such as drawing a picture with both your left and right hand and comparing the differences and there are opportunities for you to write songs, stories or comic strips just as a few examples. There are also puzzles such as mazes which increase in difficulty or spot the differences included in the book. In all this is an activity book with plenty to do and with it focussing on Adventure Time characters I think it holds the childs attention well if they are a fan.
My son dips in and out of this book and I like the fact that he doesn't feel the need to spend hours working through it but can pick it up and do something in it whenever he wants. He enjoys the book and I like that it encourages him to use his imagination in such a good way. The book section about designing your own tree house actually sparked some discussion between us about what sort of things we would want to include as essential items! For me it was all about luxury where as for him Lego would be an essential. There is so much to do in this book that it can really last a long time and I also think it is a nice book to keep even when it is completed because there will be evidence of your child's imagination stored in there for you to treasure for years.
I think this makes a great gift for any young fan of Adventure Time and think it is worth the amazon buying price.
Thank you for reading my review!