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I have always loved the Humphrey's corner collection of books, toys and clothes and have always wanted an excuse to buy some. As soon as my daughter was born, I was buying all the books up when I found them as I think they are absolutely delightful.
---About Humphrey's corner:
Humphrey's corner is created and drawn by Sally Hunter. It is all about a little elephant called Humphrey and the adventures he has in his life. Humphrey's family consists of Humphrey, his baby brother Jack, his big sister Lottie and his mum and dad. Humphrey has his favourite toy Mop who goes with him everywhere.
We have the newer version of this book and ours is also a hardback version. The book cover is slightly padded which makes it feel soft to the touch which is nicer than a normal hardback book. The book is a yellow colour and has a picture of Humphrey with his toys on the front of it. The story itself is about all the things that Humphrey gets up to durring the day as he is not at school yet. Each page shows Humphrey playing with different things including his painted animals, his red car and his bike. It also shows him being a superhero, wearing Daddy's shoes and painting Mummy a picture. But, like other Humphrey stories, his favourite thing to do is play with his toy bunny called Mop. Each page has beautiful drawings and some writing to tell the story.
As previously stated, I love the Humphrey books and take every opportunity to read these to my daughter. The characters are so sweet and can be related to by small children as he does all the types of things that they do. My daughter tries to wear her dad's shoes (so sweet!), paints pictuers and has her favourite toy that goes everywhere - just like Humphrey. When I read her the story I always point out that she has the same toys as him and does the same things as him and she does sometimes get excited by this. She likes to turn the pages and look at the pictures in this book and as there are lots of simple items on the pages, we can always play 'can you see the...' game. This is one of the books my daughter will go and choose from the bookshelf so she obviously likes reading it and has tried taking it to bed on occassions but I won't let her as she'll rip the pages!
The drawings in this book are absolutely delightful and are soft pastal colours that match the idea of HUmphrey being a child. There are only a couple of lines of writing on each page which is a good size to read. The only downside with it is that it is not written in a standard font style but a fancy one which might be harder for children learning to read to understand so this might be better as a bedtime story that is read to them until they can get to grips with it.
I would highly recommend this book for young children. If it is read with adults present, I think it is suitable from 6 months as the pictures are lovely and the story is easy to understand. If you want children to read it on their own, I would wait until they are around 3 as it would be easy for them to rip the pages which would really be a shame. This book costs £7.99 but you can get it cheaper in a lot of places. Although the cost is high, the quality of this book makes it worthwhile.
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We also have the board book version called Playtime with Humphrey which is much better for younger children as the pages are much thicker and not so easy to rip. The character is the same but with only a few pages it just mentions a few of the toys Humprey has to play with before he puts them all away to go to have dinner.