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I always find it interesting when we visit the library to see which books my two year old picks, I let her pick one or two books and select a couple more myself. Interestingly, on our last visit, a tatty copy of "Goodnight Poppy Cat" by Lara Jones was the book she selected.
On the cover o f the book are some sparkly holographic stars which are indented and make the book cover look quite interesting and a bit 3D. It is a board book which promises touch and feel inside. The first two pages feature Poppy Cat at bath time with some great shiny fabric bubbles to touch floating across the page. The next page features the cat's bear with a furry tummy and then the next page has a reading time with a flip the flap book page and finally is the page with some holographic stars to represent night time.
I wouldn't have picked this book for our daughter as it looked a bit young for her now I am trying to move her on to books with more of a story line but to be fair it is the one she has gravitated towards most at home so there is something about this book which really appeals to her. I do think this is a good bed time book though and there is something nice and relaxing about the book as you read it.
The back of the book is priced £3.99 which I think is a good price for a board book with the touchy feely bits inside.
I think this is a nice book for babies but it has a very limited story line. The textures are all different though and so a great touchy feely book. I am surprised at how much my daughter has played with this book as she has other similar ones at home that she is not bothered with but it may appeal because it's a cat and she loves cats. I am happy to recommend this book to others as a nice basic read with a few sensory textures.
My sister was recently doing a clear out of some of her childrens baby books and passed them on to me to read to my baby girl. One of the books that my daughter currently loves is this one 'Goodnight PoppyCat' which my sister actually originally received as a part of the Bookstart scheme, although you do seem to be able to purchase this book online. This book is part of a range of books about PoppyCat, all of which are wrote by Lara Jones and based on her own childhood orange cat.
Goodnight PoppyCat is a particularly good book to read to little ones at night as it is based around the bedtime routine that many babies have and so it makes it easier to talk about the pictures with them as you read. Obviously at six months old, my daughter doesn't have the longest attention span, but with only a line or two per page this is ideal in length for her. Most importantly however, is that the pictures are colourful, big and bright which keeps her attention throughout and the book is a short enough so she doesn't tire before the end.
This is a hardback book, and when my daughter gets a chance she also likes to give the ends a chew! On the front of the book, there is a picture of this orange striped cat called PoppyCat snuggling up to her teddy bed under a crescent moon and twinkly stars.
The book then follows PoppyCat as she gets ready for bed. First she has bathtime which she likes, and there is a double page with a large picture of PoppyCat in the bath, with her rubber duck etc. This is then followed by a page showing Poppy Cat cuddling her teddy bear. The next double page shows PoppyCat in the big chair with her mummy reading bedtime stories before the next page where she likes to look at the twinkly stars at night. The very last page shows PoppyCat in her 'soft soft bed' with teddy. There is also an added extra where on the last page, babies can also touch the top of PoppyCat's quilt where is it soft and textured. My little girl doesn't do this herself yet, but she likes to watch me as I feel the textured quilt on the page.
As well as a story at bedtime, I also use this book for naptime when I usually read my little girl a story to wind her down before a nap. It is short enough before a nap to not distract her, but get her starting to get sleepy.
All in all, this is a fabulous book, the perfect length for babies with great illustrations. This book is something that babies will relate to as many of the activities mentioned in this book are those that are used in babies bedtime routines and they should therefore be already familiar with them. This is just the perfect length for a baby to concentrate on as well. A great book from a great series.
I adore the poppy cat collection for little ones, in fact i could probably recite one or two of them front cover to back lol Our first one was a free book from our baby clinic and although it was given when my son was too young it soon become one of his favourites and still digs them out of his book case, they are beautifully rhythmic have touchy feely bits all through them and all the toddlers in my sons reading group adore them, they are cheap enough to buy a few as a gift for nieces nephews etc they are thick enough to bounce around and as i have a boistrous three year old i appreciate that, great buy a great collection kids both boys and girls will love them, i dont see any disadvatages of these apart from they will always stick in your mind, happy reading, these are perfect for bedtime short enough to hold their attention.
My son recieved this book as part of the 'bookstart' package when he was a baby.Upto this day-despite the condition of the book worsening,this book has remained a favourite for bedtime.
The book tells the story of Poppy cat and her activities and likes just before bedtime. Each page is colourfully illustrated with in an easy to understand format.Young children (including babies) quickly pick up the concept of the story due to it being well written and because of the simplicity and brightness of the book.
At the end there is a touch and feel page,which kids just love. My boy would have me reading this book atleast three times before bed!Kids will often pick up on the small items laying around poppy cats house.I think this has been cleverly done as it really keeps a child focused on the book and the concept of sleep etc.
I would highly recommend parents to keep this book at hand during bedtimes.Really calms youngsters.Its still a favourite with my boy.
Poppy Cat's Dream is the sort of book that makes you wish you were three years old again. Then again, it could be that I just haven't grown up yet! My son received this book as a Christmas present and it really has been a favourite of his (and mine). Not only is it a lovely story for getting your little bundle of joy off to sleep at night with its rhyming verses and vivid illustrations, it also brings to life Poppy Cat's dreamtime adventures in the form of colourful pop-up pictures.
I would normally refrain from spoiling a book review by giving away the plot, but given that Poppy Cat's Dream is written for very young children, I anticipate that it will be the mummies and daddies who will potentially be reading the review, so I hope no one minds if I cover the book in greater detail.
Poppy Cat is a very cute little pussy cat who is the proud owner of a sweet little teddy bear called....'Bear'. Poppy Cat always likes Bear to sleep next to her in bed, but one night, Bear goes missing. Poppy Cat embarks on some exciting adventures through the night in search of Bear - OR DOES SHE?
As the title of the book suggests, the story is all about Poppy Cat's dream, and in my opinion, is the perfect way to help get your little ones off to sleep at night.
"Sleep time Poppy Cat
Snuggle down there
But somebody is missing
Oh where oh where is Bear?"
Page 1 is where we meet Poppy Cat for the first time. As she lies in bed waiting for her bedtime story, Poppy Cat realises that Bear is nowhere to be found. At the same time however, we can see that she is surrounded by all her toys including a small bus, a picture of a hot air balloon, a toy car, a submarine, a small boat and a toy cube with drawings of the moon and stars on it. All of these toys feature throughout the story.
"Oh dear Poppy Cat
Bear is lost it seems
But cuddle up all cosy tight
You'll find him in your dreams"
On page 2, we see Poppy Cat's mummy standing at the door, story book in hand, having told Poppy Cat to go to sleep and not to worry about Bear.
"All aboard Poppy Cat
Wherever can Bear be
Alma, Zuzu Mo and Owl
Are coming along to see"
Page 3 is where Poppy Cat's adventures really begin. The toy bus has come to life and Poppy Cat climbs aboard with her friends in search of her beloved Bear. By opening and closing the book slightly, the animals on the bus appear to be waving through the windows.
"Whoosh whoosh Poppy Cat
Drifting up so high
Floating in a big balloon
Is Bear lost in the sky?"
On opening page 4, a brightly coloured hot air balloon comes out to meet you with Poppy Cat sitting inside the basket. As you can imagine, Bear is nowhere to be seen in the sky.
"Brum brum Poppy Cat
Chugging up and down
Zoom zoom beep beep
Is Bear lost in the town?"
Yes, that toy car can really go. On opening page 5, the car drives out towards you via the pop-up, with Poppy Cat and all her friends inside.
"Splish splosh Poppy Cat
Bubble bubble wheeee
Deep down below the waves
Is Bear under the sea?"
Poppy Cat has searched the sky, she has searched the town, and now she is searching below the sea in her own little submarine - or could it be her toy submarine from her bedroom? Amongst the fish and the octopus, the submarine bobs through the ocean in search of Bear, but again, Bear remains missing.
"Whizz whizz Poppy Cat
Around the moon and stars
The rocket ship zips up and down
Is Bear up there on Mars?"
Remember that little toy cube with the pictures of the moon and stars? Well, Poppy Cat now has her own rocket ship in which she can fly through space in search of Bear. On opening the page, a rocket, complete with roaring red and yellow flames, takes off into space.
"Hush rush Poppy Cat
The sea swishes round
The pirate crew are sailing fast
Ahoy can Bear be found?"
The toy boat is now very real and Poppy Cat sets sail across the ocean with her friends. The boat now has a little flag that you can wave from side to side.
"Fly fly Poppy Cat
Faster through the night
Swoop whoop loop the loop
To look for Bear tonight"
Poppy Cat's final adventure takes her on her very own aeroplane in search of Bear. Again, on opening the page, the plane flies out towards you.
"Sleepy time Poppy Cat
Snuggle down there
Underneath the bed oh!
That's where you went to Bear."
So, after all those exciting adventures, Poppy Cat finally realises that Bear had fallen under the bed and was never lost at all!
Having checked with Amazon, the book is currently on sale at £3.99 which is a fantastic bargain for what you get.
This book is excellent for young children for two reasons:
Firstly, the story is very simple and, and being in rhyme format, is easy to read and quite short so as not to cause the child to lose interest.
Secondly, and I think this is a major factor in the popularity of this book, the pop ups and illustrations are second to none. Designed by former fashion designer Jo Lodge, the graphics are rich in colour and are very appealing to the eye, especially that of a young child.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice present for a youngster, or even as a special treat for your own child.
Thanks for reading.
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My eldest daughter was given this book as part of the Bookstart pack she received from the Health Visitor when she was around 6 months old. She has been a huge book fan since she was very young and this soon became one of her favourites! Unfortunately, as the edition we have was printed a promotional version for Bookstart, it doesn't have the extra feely bits and flaps that it normally would. The book is lovely though and has a beautiful text and is charmingly illustrated.
The book is a board book so it has nice chunky pages for little fingers to easily grip. The book basically tells you about Poppy Cat getting ready for bed with each page having one sentence begining 'Poppy Cat loves...' The first being 'Poppy Cat loves bathtime' then 'Poppy Cat loves bear' and so on until Poppy Cat goes to bed. The text is very simple but has a gentle rhythmn and plesant rhyme that even very young babies will enjoy. The illustrations are also lovely. They're a little rough looking and almost child like but this is intentional and delightful.
Our daughter is now 3 and still loves this book, as does her little sister (14 months). We have therefore extended our Poppy Cat collection and now have quite a few titles!
The Poppy Cat range is actually huge so if you like this one you might like to try some of the others. There are other small board books like this one but also pop-up books, larger board books and even books for the bath. They start at around £4.99 for the small board books.
I bought Goodnight Poppy Cat! for my granddaughters first birthday in June and suddenly it has became her favourite book.
It is a board book but has lots of things for my granddaughter to touch and feel, helping her to learn about different contrasting textures and giving her something a little more interesting than just smooth board pages.
It's bedtime for Poppy Cat and this is the theme for the book. She cuddles her teddy and looks at the stars, has a bubble bath and snuggles up with her soft quilt. All of these things are textured so my granddaughter will sit and stroke the little teddy bear and try to squish the bouncy bubbles in Poppy Cats bath. Her favourite is the tiny book that really opens and closes, we'll get past this page and she'll suddenly remember and frantically go back to it to have another play with the book.
She also loves to touch the shiny material that has been used to make the stars and she will quite deliberately touch the shiny star and then move her finger to the duller finish of the page. It's little movements like this that shows me Goodnight Poppy Cat! is definitely helping her to make sense of the world around her.
The few words in the book are written to form a lovely rhyme that is perfect for a gentle bedtime story for my granddaughter and she'll snuggle on my lap while I read all of the text to her, pausing so she can make use of the touchy feely aspect of the book.
The colours used in this book are bright and colourful which means my granddaughters attention is held for much longer than it would have been if more pastel and traditional bedtime colours had been used. She beams whenever she sees Poppy Cat on the page and she is such a gentle and sweet looking animal that I can definitely see why she would appeal to babies and toddlers. The illustrations are simply drawn and I am grateful for this because young children can associate more with childlike drawings than if the illustrator were going for an artwork prize, a good example of this is a book I bought my granddaughter at the same time which is exquisitely drawn but ultimately does not hold her attention at all.
There are twelve pages in Goodnight Poppy Cat! and I think this is the perfect length for a book aimed at young babies and children, any longer and they will get bored while shorter books tend to get overlooked when my granddaughter is sorting through her toybox possibly because she has realised that these result in a shorter bedtime story! Reasonably priced at about £3.69 you cannot go wrong with this lovely book, there's a series of Poppy Cat books so I'll be scouring Ebay now for more as they are currently selling at just 99p in 'as new' condition.