My youngest daughter is 2 and her favourite characters are Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam, she is also a little book worm so when I was having a mooch through the Amazon site before Christmas I decided I would buy her this book.
The book cost me just under £5 with free delivery from Amazon but I have never actually seen it on sale anywhere else. The book is only about 6 inches square which is smaller than books I usually like to share with my daughters.
The front cover of the book has the Fireman Sam logo in the top corner and then the title on the opposite side to the logo. Fireman Sam and Station Officer Steel are pictured on the front of the book on either side of the cover and the cover pulls open to reveal Jupiter the fire engine inside with Elvis driving. On the bottom of the book it says "Who is driving Jupiter?" which Emily always shouts back Elvis when I ask her and gets excited when I tell her she is correct.
On each page of the book there is a little bit of text and then a question to which the answer can be found by sliding the page of the book out, the book is made of really thick cardboard to make this easier although not quite a board book.
The pages are all from episodes of the show and we have seen every one of them so Emily recognises the situations and could actually tell me who was going to be under the flap on 2 of the pages the first time we read it which I was very impressed with.
The scenes in the book are,
Norman with his foot stuck between 2 rocks and the tide coming in,
A whale being stuck on the beach,
James being stuck behind some fallen rocks,
A tent on fire on Norman, Trevor and Dilys camping trip
Penny and Helen being lost in the fog on Pontypandy Mountain.
The book is easy to handle and Emily loves to pull the pages open to reveal what is underneath however she has actually torn the front cover of the book by pulling the page out but not managing to push it back in quite straight so we have had to glue the front cover back together.
Emily doesn't seem to get bored of this book, she will pick this up at least once a day if not more and if she asks me to read it to her then we have to read it a few times over. Emily will sit on the floor with her legs stretched out and rest the book on her knees pulling the pages open and shouting out the character name and it amuses her for ages.
I would say this is a great value book, the pictures are exactly like the TV programme which means that they aren't very bright but that doesn't matter. The book entertains Emily and is well worth the cost just a shame it damages easily, 4 stars from our house.