'Bonnie, the friendly brown dog, has lost her favourite orange ball! Join Bonnie and her friends in their search, whilst learning about shapes, colours, numbers and opposites'.
My Pets is a board book suited to toddlers. It is relatively small at around 17cm x 17 cm, so perfect to fit in a changing bag, we have one of those small rucksacks and it fits in there with lots of space to spare.
There are 10 fun filled pages in this book. The story begins with Bonnie and Rex, two friendly dogs, eating their breakfast when they stop playing with the orange ball that they love. From this moment on the ball has been lost and each page see's different animals, outside and in, doing their various daily tasks whilst looking for the orange ball. Will the ball ever be found?
The double page spreads are full of colour and beautiful, soft on the eye, illustrations. This book is full of different activities for little hands with push, pull, and lift up flaps to help the quest for the missing ball. The first activity is on the front cover of the book, it's a spinning wheel with different pictures relating to the story. This wheel then goes on to be the activity of the first page in the book with pictures of different dog foods that spin around the dogs food bowl. The push and pull activities are the same kind of thing, transferring from one page to the next of the same activity, whereas the lift up flaps just stay on the one page.
Each page has a sentence or two, and describes in detail the colours, shapes or numbers of different things on each page. The first page says 'The pink biscuits are square. The blue biscuits are shaped like bones. The red biscuits are triangle-shaped.' this is a definite positive point to this book as not only is it an adventure story packed full of fun activities, it also has a more educational side to it too.
The activities are in this book are fun, but when an 18 month old pulls too hard on the pull pages the book is destined for disaster. The page with the rabbits outside counts six carrots, but as my darling daughter ripped out the pull page there are actually only pictures of five carrots meaning the counting element of these pages has now been lost.
Overall this is a fantastic book with a great storyline and action packed fun. I just think supervision is needed if you have a heavy handed toddler like my daughter.
Originally written by me December 2011