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When my mate brought my sister a set of In The Night Garden board books for Xmas I kinda rolled my eyes because dontcha know at 2 1/2 she's getting out of the Igglepiggle stage and Peppa Pig is her new idol??? It's the thought that counts though and these books cost a bomb so I was mega pleased that my sister actually loves them even though she shuns her talking Upsy Daisy now! lol Ooh, Pretty Flower is a book that focuses on Upsy Daisy and other books in the range concentrate on other characters. In her set she also got a Makka Pakka book and an Igglepiggle one. In this book it tells the story of Igglepiggle going for a ride on the Ninky Nonk but Upsy Daisy doesn't want to go because she wants to stay and look at all the flowers in the garden. Eventually Igglepiggle convinces her to go with him and then shows her a massive flower which is the prettiest in the garden. It's a proper basic story but just right for keeping my sister interested in the story. It's just like one of the stories that would be on an episode of In The Night Garden, actually reading it rings a bell so it probably is adapted from one of the stories that has already been on tv. The words in the book are all easy to read so I think this book would be ok for older kids who are learning to read on their own. It probably works better like that because one thing I don't like about this range of books is that mixed in with the proper story are words like 'Daisy Dooooo' and 'Pip Pip Honk Honk' and that looks great in the text but doesn't sound right when you read it out loud. The pictures are mega cool, they're photographs of the characters and have been picked so that they will pretty much tell the story without you having to read the words every time. I love watching my sister look at this book because she goes through the pictures and tells her own story, her talking is brill for her age so I can understand everything she says and she comes up with some mega imaginative stories! I deffo recommend this set of books, I don't think any of them are any better than the others but I decided to review this one basically because it's my sisters fave out of the 3 she's got and so it's the one I've read the most.
Unless you have been living in a shell for the last few years you'll know that 'In The Night Garden' is one of the countrys biggest childrens (mainly pre-schoolers) programmes right now. The shows main characters consist of Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka and The Tombliboos. Upsy Daisy is a very girlie character. She wears a pretty flowery dress and has colourful (and really quite crazy) hair. Her favourite things appear to be flowers, singing and her bed. I guess many little girls can relate to her in a way. My daughter owns a book called 'Ooh, pretty flower!' which is a book all about Upsy Daisy. Most people don't realise but the book is actually part of a 4 book set. The other 3 books are about the other 'In The Night Garden' characters and are called 'All aboard the Ninky Nonk!', 'Time to wash faces!' and 'The happy waving game!'. The Upsy Daisy book is the second in the set and the reason I know this is because there is a number two on the edge of the book. The book is a good size (not too big, not too small) and is about half an inch thick. It is a hardback which means it's very durable - our copy is over a year old and looks brand new. It is also easily wiped clean. The cover is very bright, glossy and eyecatching. There is a picture of Upsy Daisy in the Night Garden with a huge flower type object behind her, which covers the whole front cover. The book has 16 pages and starts on the very first page. The pages are quite thick and are easy for little fingers to turn, aswell as being quite durable. Each page has a different colour (orange, purple, pink, yellow, blue and green) which is not only very nice to look at but can aid children in learning their colours. On one page is writing (with silhoettes of characters in the background) and on the other page are big, glossy scenes and characters from 'In The Night Garden'. The pictures are exactly as they appear on tv and are great to look at. The book contains lots of quotes from the programme, such as 'Oh no! It's the Ninky Nonk!' which 'In The Night Garden' fans will love as it will be familar to them and they can even join in with it even if they can't read the words. The book has a short, sweet and simple story to it - Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle are hanging out together when Igglepiggle decides he wants to ride the Ninky Nonk. Upsy Daisy doesn't want to ride the Ninky Nonk and wants to look at pretty flowers instead, so Igglepiggle boards the Ninky Nonk and Upsy Daisy goes to look for flowers. Very soon (and I'm talking the very next page!) Upsy Daisy realises she can't find any pretty flowers. The Ninky Nonk passes by and Igglepiggle tells her to jump in - he wants to take her somewhere. Upsy Daisy rides the Ninky Nonk which leads her to.. wait for it.. a very pretty flower! The prettiest flower in the garden infact! Isn't that a pip!? pip-pip, onk-onk! (that's what is says at the end of the programme and book.. I'm not just going mad). Overall I think this is a lovely little book with a cute story about friendship. The pictures and colours are great, aswell as the length of the book - long enough to have a story but short enough to hold a young childs attention until the end. It can also work out handy for grandparents that have no idea about 'In The Night Garden' too! Is there anything worse than an uneducated 'In The Night Garden' grandparent? pffftt! The only downsides to this book is that it wont really appeal to children who don't watch 'In The Night Garden' because the characters and references will seem abit confusing. It goes without saying that this book probably won't appeal to older children either. The RRP of this book is £3.99 but you might be able to get it cheaper if you shop around or buy the book with the rest of the set.
My granddaughter received Ooh, Pretty Flower! for her birthday a couple of weeks ago and I must say it's an absolutely lovely book for her (and Nanny!) to look through, as are the rest of the books in the In The Night Garden series of board books. Ooh, Pretty Flower! is the book in the series which features Upsy Daisy, my granddaughter's favourite character from the show at the moment, and tells the story of her looking around the garden at all the lovely bright flowers. Igglepiggle decides he is bored of looking at flowers so wants to take a ride on the Ninky Nonk, only to return for Upsy Daisy when he finds the prettiest flower in the garden. The book itself is a hard cover with board pages, this makes it ideal for the little ones that it is intended for as the book can stand up to so much more than those with paper or card pages. It also means that if sticky fingers or a little spill occurs you can wipe it down quite easily with a baby wipe, this is great news as I cannot understand for the life of me why they make books for toddlers out of paper as they invariably don't last very long. This one is extremely durable though, she hasn't owned it for very long but it's one of those books that you can just tell are going to last for ages - hopefully until she grows out of In The Night Garden, which actually shouldn't be long now as she seems to hanker after Peppa Pig more often than not these days. I like that the story is very short and told in much the same manner as the narrator (the wonderful Sir Derek Jacobi) speaks on the show, there are just a few words on each page which means it holds my granddaughter's attention much better than those books which have so many words that she is impatient to turn the page before I've even gotten halfway through the text. The words are also large enough for older children who are beginning to read alone; my granddaughter is just two but does know a lot of her letters so I am able to use this book to help her to retain the knowledge and perhaps enhance it by pointing to the letters and letting her tell me what they are. The font used in the book is clear and it's easy for her to differentiate even between letters that look very similar such as 'a' and 'o' - which actually don't look similar when typed like that but not many of us scribble the letter 'a' to the same style as you find on a keyboard! When looking at the double page in the book you'll see that the text is all on the right hand page, while the left is taken up with a still picture taken from the show relating to that specific part in the story. This is done by way of a photograph instead of a drawing and I think this is great as the bright colourful photographs stand out beautifully against the paler pastel colours of the text pages and borders around the photographs. This particular story has, in fact, been on television. My granddaughter noticed a re-run of it a few days ago and as soon as she realised what the episode was about she ran over to collect the book from the shelf so she could sit and compare them, she found it highly amusing that the story was on the television and giggle animatedly to herself when the programme got to the few stills that are featured in this book. As always when it comes to In The Night Garden there are ample opportunities for the adults to make complete buffoons of themselves, most pages have a speech bubble of common phrases from the show - which no toddler will let you do without putting on 'the voices' of the characters. My granddaughter's favourite phrase is 'Oh, Daisy doo', which is great as her voice is so much easier than trying to imitate Makka Pakka - although she gets very annoyed at times that I cannot replicate Daisy's voice perfectly! I think she needs Sir Derek as a Grandpa! This book is story 2 in the series and cost £3.99 from www.amazon.co.uk which is a reasonable price I think for a book that has already given my granddaughter hours of pleasure, and will undoubtedly give her many more. Mind you, this can work out expensive if you are planning to buy more than one book for the series although Amazon do sometimes have them on one of those offers where if you buy two or three you get a small discount on the total price.
My 15 month old daughter is Upsy Daisy mad at the moment. For this reason I bought her this book as an addition to her In The Night Garden growing collection of items. Ooh Pretty Flower is a book which focuses on Upsy Daisy wanting to look at flowers. If you have children who watch the show, you'll understand that this is Upsy Daisy's thing to look at pretty flowers. The book starts with Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle looking at flowers. Upsy Daisy wants to find more flowers but Iggle Piggle wants to ride on the train otherwise known as the Ninky Nonk. There are fourteen pages in the book and each page has a few lines, telling a short story about how Iggle Piggle wants to ride the train but Upsy Daisy wants him to go with her to find more flowers. I find these books are just the right length for my daughter. Any longer and she loses interest. Obviously at her age she is more interested in looking at the pictures, and the pictures in this book are all on hard backed pages and very shiny and glossy which attracts young children to look at the pages. The pictures are all great quality and are real images from the TV show, not cartoon imitations. This helps the young child associate the characters with what they see on the TV. My daughter is great at pointing out the different pictures, and with Upsy Daisy being her favourite at the moment; she adores this book seeing Upsy Daisy on every single page. As the book is short, it helps the parent having to read the book, as anyone with young children will know that they like to have things read to them over and over again. This book will probably only take a couple of minutes to read depending on how drawn out you make it. I like to extend it by finding items on the pages for her to point at, but mainly we read the story over and over again. The actual book is fairly sturdy, but if you read my review of the Iggle Piggle flap book we have, I find that they can be ruined fairly easily by young eager hands. I have learnt my lesson on this score and prefer to keep certain books out of the way and let her have the older ones in her toy box. This book does have a good spine and I think it would be difficult to break but it wouldn't stand against a toddler trying to close it inside out. Ooh Pretty Flower is published by the Penguin Group, and can be purchased for £3.99, but I'm sure avid bargain hunters can find it for cheaper. This book is number two in the In The Night Garden series of books.
Anyone with children will not have been able to ignore the ever popular TV show called In the Night Garden. As with all children's shows the merchandise has been sold in huge amounts, my boys have also wanted all of it. The TV show has produced some very nice books. This one is called Upsy Daisy, Ooh, Pretty Flowers. The book is a hard covered book and has a picture of Upsy Daisy on it standing in front of a pile of flowers, there is a pink shape in the top right hand corner with the title in purple lettering. The back cover of the book is blue and shows the scene of Igglepiggle in his boat on the ocean which can been seen at the beginning and end of the TV show. The book starts with Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy looking at the flowers in the garden, they say hello to each other. As they are looking at the flowers the Ninky Nonk comes along. Igglepiggle wants to ride on it but Upsy Daisy wants to look at the flowers. Igglepiggle gets on the Ninky Nonk but what is Upsy Daisy doing? Upsy Daisy is still looking for flowers but cant see any, the Ninky Nonk comes along again and Igglepiggle asks her to go for a ride with him. They both get on the Ninky Nonk for a very bumpy ride. Where will the Ninky Nonk take them and will Upsy Daisy get to see any more pretty flowers? This is a wonderful book which accompanies the TV series. The book is nice and bright and on the pages the writing is on coloured pages and it is nice and clear and a very good size so beginner readers will be able to read this with ease. The illustrations are all inside circle frames and they are actual photographs of the characters from the show so children will recognise them with ease. The book is a very short one and can be read in a matter of minutes, I do find that once I get to the end my boys just want me to start reading it again. The pages in the book are very thick and are perfect for younger children as they will be able to hold and turn each page with ease and I have found that they are also good as my 14 month old is unable to rip them! The retail price for this book is £3.99 which I feel is reasonable but do shop around as they are sometimes sold slightly cheaper in Tesco. The book has been based on the stories, songs and rhymes from the TV show which was composed by Andrew Davenport. The book was published in 2007 by Penguin Books Limited. A Highly recommended book for fans of the show.