If you have read any of my older reviews you may know that I have 6 children. Yes 6! Now at 16 the oldest has just about outgrown bedtime stories! But The younger ones still love a story every night. As you can imagine I have been through my share of children''s books over the years. There are some favourites that have lingered since the very beginning, there are some that I try to lose as soon as possible, and some that become a puzzling favourite for one child or another. Then there are some we stumbled on further into our bedtime story years and become instant hits. Peely Wally is one of those. It ticks all the boxes. The children loved it. It wasn''t too long (and lets be honest that is important when you are exhausted as I usually a by bedtime!) and the pictures are lovely. What''s not to like?
?It was small - yes, Spotty - yes, and absolutely perfect in every way.?
That is the description of Peely Wally''s egg that is the focus of this colourful and engaging book.
Ideally suited to the preschool age group this book is a very simple story. It is the story of an orange bird - Peely Wally - who lives in a tree and what happens to her egg when it is accidentally knocked off the branch. Each page of the book follows the egg on it''s perilous journey through the jungle passing a variety of animals. It rolls down the giraffe''s neck, is kicked by a zebra and slurped up by an elephant who saves it from being gobbled up by the crocodile.
Each page is brought to life by brightly coloured bold and slightly abstract illustrations. There is also a dotted line running through the pages to plot the travels of the egg - great for little fingers to follow to keep them engaged through the story, and a colourful butterfly to spot on every page too.
So a simple story, with a happy ending - when the egg is reunited with Peely Wally and hatches. Lovely colourful pictures, and enough interaction to keep the most active little person engaged. Oh - and not too long! All in all a great bedtime story book.
I have 2 daughters both of whom love reading and bedtime stories and with 2 teachers in the family too we end up with a huge amount of books, this book is one that we received in the bookstart set that my youngest daughter was given and I think it's a great quality book especially for a freebie.
The front cover is white in colour and then has Peely Wally pictured in bright orange along with her spotted egg and the title is on the top of the book with each letter in a different colour so the cover is extremely brightly coloured and interesting to the eye of a child. My daughter wanted to read this book first out of the 2 she was given in the bag and I could see why with it being so colourful.
On the back of the book it tells you that "Peely Wally was a small bird (funny looking bird to me) who lives high up in a tree, one day she laid an egg" you then have the instruction to follow the dotted lines through the book to see where the egg goes and find the butterfly pictured on each page, I felt that from reading the back of the book there was more to this than just a story which is great.
As the book states on the back Peely Wally lays an egg, the egg is spotted and small but perfect in every way, Peely Wally accidentally knocks the egg out of the tree and the book follows where the egg goes. The egg ends up rolling down the back of a Giraffe, being kicked by a Zebra, nearly being eaten by a Crocodile but saved by an Elephant instead. The book continues with the egg being thrown by a Monkey to his pals through the trees and then back to Peely Wally. Finally after all that the egg cracks and out pops a baby bird who is spotty and small and perfect in every way.
Emily loves this book, she gets excited as the egg is passed through the animals and we sit and make animal noises to match them all but the Monkey's are her favourite, I find it funny when I ask her if she is a Monkey and she will reply telling me "No Mammy i'm a baby." I love how many different animals are in the book and love how colourful every page is, the way the book is written makes it flow really well.
The pictures are a bit strange in this boom they are lade out of splodges and geometric shapes, the butterfly to find on each page is easy to spot which is good for little children and makes them interact with the book more. This book is a 5 star in the opinion of our household.