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My daughter is a big fan of the programme 'In the Night Garden' and recently, her grandparents picked up this book 'Noisy Ninky Nonk' for her. I know that it cost £3.99 in TK Maxx because the price was left on. For those who don't know, the Ninky Nonk is the little train like vehicle which carried the characters of the show around the garden, going up and down trees and generally making its passengers bump and bounce around in the different little carriages it hauls.
This is a sound book, which really appeals to my daughter at this time. She loves pressing the button on the book, sometimes even without the story being told, and the sound is meant to resemble the Ninky Nonk itself, although to be honest, I thought it might have been a little bit better. What I do like about this sound book is that the batteries powering the sound button can be replaced, unlike some other sound books which have no opening to replace the battery, which is a design flaw in my opinion.
Like all In the Night Garden stuff, this is a bright, colourful book, with big pictures which immediately catch the attention of children, including my daughter, who also loves to simply look through the pages. Sometimes she will simply look through the pictures whilst I am making the dinner for example.
Most of the characters with the exception of the Haahoos and the Tombliboos are included in this book, but the characters my daughter likes the most including Upsy Daisy, IgglePiggle and MaccaPacca are in this story.
Each double page is devoted to a character: introducing them, and telling them that the Ninky Nonk is ready to go, which is a cue for a child to press the sound button to hear the Ninky Nonk get ready by making a 'ting ting' noise. There isn't a lot of text with each page, and it is fairly repetitious, with only the last double page being different, with everyone getting off the Ninky Nonk, and finishing with the well known line from the programme 'Isn't that a pip?!'
To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the story line of this book. Yes, the pictures are big and colourful and certainly appeal to my little girl, but I don't think there is much of a story to be told (although sometimes I think the programme is a bit like that too!). The sound book is appealing but I think it could have been better and resemble the sound of the actual Ninky Nonk a little more. I don't think I would have bought my daughter this book given the poor story line, but since it was given to her, I have no problem, and she does like me to look at it and read it to her.
Book Series: In the Night Garden