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BEFORE READING NOTE THIS BOOK IS VERY SHORT!
Every week me and Hollie see my grandparents and venture into town to do some shopping while my partner is at work. I always go into home bargains and end up coming out with a bag full of shopping for a few quid and most of the time buy a book or two for Hollie as I usually go for the 30p-£1 books. This book was 69p and looked like something me and my daughter would like to sit down with and look at. It was wrapped in cellophane so I couldn't open it to have a read, but for the price I was paying, I didn't mind so much. When we arrive back at my grandparents to have some dinner with them, my Granddad wanted to read Hollie her new books.
Upon opening the first page of the book, you are greeted straight away with the animals. An animal is on each page with the words "hello polar bear!" and is changed for each animal in the book. The background on the pages alternates between navy blue and mustard yellow and the image of the animal is centred on the page. The animals included in the book are:
Altogether there is 5 double pages and 10 single. The pages are thick hard back which is brilliant for children learning to turn pages and smaller children tend to lose interest very quickly when at the age of Newborn+ as the book recommends the age for. The book is rather big at 8 inches squared so if your reading to a small child, I would suggest adults holding it as it is so large.
When Hollie was around 6 months she wasn't very interested in the book, we would read it through but there was no interaction for her, or anything to do but look at the pictures. Even now at 2.5 years old she still doesn't care for it so much. We have read it this morning and she was saying "Hello Lion" and reading along with me but as she book is very short, she isn't very interested in reading it again. She soon threw it down and went toddling off to get the next book of her choice.
I can't say I would recommend this book as it may teach kids the less ordinary animals you would find in any other animal teaching book, I still find it very boring for a child. The dark background colours are nothing to be praised and the lack of contents makes it even less appealing.
I gave it 3 stars as it has taught Hollie some new animals she didn't know before reading it, but I think I am being very generous giving it 3 stars as I only paid 69p for it. If I was to have paid the RRP of £5.99 for this book, I would have felt the need to get a refund but I can't grumble as it cost me less than £1.