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We were given this books by our Health Visitor when my youngest daughter had a check up. It was through a scheme called Bookstart. Bookstart is a national scheme which aims to get children and their parents reading from as early an age as possible. The scheme provides children with a free pack when they are under a year, then again at 18-30 months and 3-4 years.
Peepo Baby! is written by Georgie Birkett. It a brightly coloured yellow cardboard board book, which has 11 pages. The illustrations are brightly coloured and interesting. There are flaps to turn to see what is underneath. It is a fun interactive book, which both of my daughters enjoy me reading to them (they are 1 years old and 4 years old). The 4 year old can remember parts of the story so she reads it before I get there!
The youngest tries to lift the flap but my eldest daughter is already shouting what is hiding behind it. It is an entertaining book as we read it quite slowly and then the 'PEEPO!' always makes them laugh! It is one of the books on the shelf that gets read a lot. It's not a calming book to read before bedtime here, they enjoy it though!
It has lasted well but it is starting to look a little bit tatty especially on the corners, it is wipe clean (for a while) but it is not covered with plastic so I try to avoid doing this too often. The flaps in the story are very sturdy as none have been removed from this book, a couple have a few creases in but that is to be expected.
It is not available at the moment from Amazon, but I think when it is, it is about £3.
This is a book I would recommend, it is quick to read but fun and brightly coloured and my girls love it!
Thanks for reading.
When your child reaches the grand old age of about 9 months they are given an assessment at their local health clinic to see how they are progressing and its at this meeting that they are also given a bag of free books from The Bookstart scheme. This scheme offers the gift of free books to all children at two key ages before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life. Its always been a bonus for us as we have hundreds of books at home but for children who don't always have access to book this is a great way of reaching them and educating them.
This is how we came to have this book entitled Peepo Baby in our collection. Its a small A5 board book, perfect for very little ones as its hard wearing and small enough for them to hold in their hands and turn the pages, or chew the corners like my little boy has done. On the back it says this book is, "A gift to you from Bookstart and Red House. Babies will love turning the chunky flaps in this irresistible little book, and playing Peepo with these delightful babies."
Peek-a-boo is a little game we play often and so to read about it too is good fun for us. There are only five little phrases in this book but on each page we see a little baby trying to find a character that is hiding. For example on the first page a little baby asks, "Who's behind my big blue car?" We are then able to pull back a flap and see that, "Peepo Teddy! There you are.
THe flaps in this book are great and I think are a nice inclusion as you don't always get that much detail in a small book for very young babies. The little boys and girls are great too because it allows your little one to associate with someone who looks like them. Along the way we meet a puppy, a cat and a duck, all classic little things and words kids learn first so to see them used in a book for babies is great. We read this book all the time as its so short but very effective. You can really liven it up and make it a fun story. The book is bright and colourful and a great first read.
My son received a free copy of this book from Book Start at his one year check. He loves books, so any addition to his collection is always welcome and this book looked quite appealing even from the outset. The book is a small board book that is an ideal size for toddlers as it fits neatly in their hands and the pages are small enough for them to turn easily. The pages are made of thin cardboard so are quite sturdy and resilient to the pulling of little hands. The book is by Georgie Birkett and is available online - but, from a quick search, it is largely used copies that are available.
The book contains a number of large cardboard flaps for baby to turn. Unlike with some books, these are not paper flaps attached to the page (and therefore susceptible to ripping) but actually made of board like the pages. Each page is colourful and well illustrated with a few lines of text. The text is rhyming and the rhythm of it seems to really appeal to my son. On the left hand page it will say thing like 'see the pretty flowers grow' and then, when baby opens the flower flap, it says 'peepo kitten, say hello!'
It is quite a short book but one that can be looked at over and over again and one that can be used as a prompt for discussion with your toddler. For example, there is a duck in the bath and a teddy on the bed - so my son and I talk about bed/bath time. My son also loves animals so the pictures of cats, dogs and ducks are quite exciting to him.
The 'peepo' part of the book is quite repetitive and my son loves this, he knows what is coming when he opens a flap. Although 'peepo' is not really a term we use, we prefer 'boo', my son still understands the concept and enjoys the book. It is not very long though so, even with looking at it 2 or 3 times in a sitting, it really only holds his attention for 5-10 minutes at a time. He does often choose this book from his collection to look at though, so it must appeal to him quite a bit.
Overall, this is a nice little book for babies and toddlers. It is a little interactive with the flaps and board pages for them to turn so encourages their manipulative skills. The pictures are also appealing to young children, with happy smiley faces. It was a nice freebie to receive and we have had several months use out of it already so I would recommend it.
We got this book for free from our health visitor as part of the Bookstart set of books for babies. She gave us the pack when my baby was 6 months of age however my daughter has only recently begun to appreciate being read to and looking at pictures in books, at 10 months old. But all babies are different of course, and there is evidence that reading to them from any age no matter how young they are can aid with their learning in the future.
Peepo Baby! by Georgie Birkett is my daughter's favourite book from the Bookstart collection. I think this is because of its bright yellow cover and the interesting flaps inside the book. Whenever we sit down to read it her favourite part is lifting the flap to see what's underneath only for mum/dad to shout PEEPO! This really sets her off giggling and fills her with anticipation for the next turn of the page.
The book has 11 pages, though 22 'sides' if you count each side of the page separately, as the above listing has done. Some of the pages are cut into shapes so that they are more like flaps than pages, with holes cut into them that hint at images behind them. My daughter isn't so interested in 'lifting' the flaps to see what's underneath them so much as flapping them about with amusement because they make the book physically so appealing. She can't quite work out what they are. We tend to linger on every page so that she can perform this little ritual of amazement, which means that the book actually takes a while to read despite its short length. It also makes the book more unique that the other flat-free books in our collection.
It is a small and lightweight book without any sharp edges or corners. The flaps are quite hardy, made of strong cardboard, but you still need to keep an eye on your little one if she gets hold of the book without you because my daughter suddenly chewed off a substantial corner of it when she was teething once, and I had to fish a few cardboard bits out of her mouth! And that was while I had her on my lap, too!!
I would give this book 5 starts if it was made of soft plastic like some of our other books are, as it makes them less likely to come apart when chewed and also much easier to clean. I have wiped down Peepo with a wet wipe a few times now and I think it is beginning to show, as the cardboard is not as protective as plastic would be. So, 4 stars from me for Peepo Baby!
Peepo Baby! can be ordered via Amazon.co.uk for £3.89 including P&P, or contact your local Bookstart people if you missed out on a free copy. And don't forget to go PEEPO!
Not long ago my daughter got her first Bookstart gift which included a couple of books suitable for reading with babies. My daughter always gets read a couple of short books at bedtime, but I also keep a couple of small hardback short books handy for nap time, when I read to her as part of her winddown naptime routine. One of the books included in the pack was this one 'Peepo Baby' by Georgie Pinkett. Although I got this book for free through the Bookstart scheme, you can pick one up for just under £4 on the likes of amazon.
Peepo Baby is a hardback book that is small enough for baby to get a hold of themselves, and with a short enough story to hold the attention of even a young baby. My daughter is almost seven months old now, and reaches out to hold everything, and she loves holding this book and chewing the corners.
On the front of the bright yellow book is a picture of some young children playing with some toys. This is promoted as having 'big flaps for little babies to turn' and that is certainly the case. My daughter will always reach out and attempt to pull the various flaps, which are very easy for a baby to get a hold of and turn. They are various objects that baby can look behind such as a flower pot, boat and car. The book finishes with baby being tucked up tight, thus making it a perfect book for bedtime. However, as well as using it for bedtime, this is a popular book for naptime with my daughter, as it bright and colourful enough to keep her attention, but at the same time short enough to hold her attention as she starts to get sleepy, before I put her down for a nap.
All in all, I think this is a perfect gift from Bookstart, and a wonderful book to capture baby's attention. Even though I only got this book a short time ago my daughter loves it. She loves trying to turn the flaps, so it is very interactive so it should be a popular read for a good time.
Peepo Baby! Is a children's board book by Georgie Birkett. This book has five double pages of peepo fun with big chunky flaps that little ones will love to turn. Each double page consists of a picture of a baby playing peepo, for example the first page has a baby looking through a car window with the words "Who's behind my big blue car?" where when you turn the flap shaped like a car you find a picture of a teddy and the words "Peepo Teddy! There you are".
We got this book free through the bookstart scheme but it is currently for sale on Amazon for £3.99.
I find my son likes me to read this book to him, and as he is only six months old I help him to turn the flaps and pages. He particularly likes the bright contrasting colours. I find this book especially good to read just before nap time, as it seems to help my son to settle down just before he has a sleep.
Although this is a board book with well rounded corners so no paper cuts and easily wiped clean when little ones decide to have a chew, I feel the pages and flaps are bit too thin and could easily be bent out of shape or completely ripped out when my son is a little older and playing / reading on his own.
I would have liked the book to also have some textures for the younger ones to feel and explore but overall I think this book is an excellent addition to any child's bookshelf.
My baby boy Charlie was given a Book Start pack by our health visitor and it contained a book called "Peepo Baby!"
The book is small (approx 15cm x 15cm) and made of thick cardboard which is useful when there are sticky fingers around. It's designed for children 6 months plus but I started reading it to my baby at 6 weeks old as I really like the book as it has a nice rhythm to it and is a short story to keep both mine and baby's attention.
The design of this book is based on 'Big flaps for little babies to turn!' and it really gets little ones involved in the reading of the book as they want to see who/what is hiding behind the flap. The flaps are large and easy for babies to grasp.
The illustrations though out this book are bold, colourful and simple. The general idea of the book is that there are things hiding being objects - Blue car, duvet, plant pot these objects are the flap. Giving the excitement of turning the page. In total there are 5 flaps cut out in the shape of a blue car, play house, plant pot, boat and duvet.
With Charlie only being 9 weeks old I've not had much response from him when reading the book but my 4 year old nephew enjoys reading it and is the first book he grabs when he comes over and gets all excited when he showing it to Charlie and turning the page. A lovely interactive book.
Luckily the book only takes about 5 minuets (and that's dragging it out!!) to read so I don't get bored reading it over and over again.
I've got in to the habit of reading this book of an evening as I think it's a great end to a day. To me it symbolises a day in the life of a baby. Play time - Bath time - Bed time.
I believe most people get this book in there Book Start packs from their health visitors but can be brought from Amazon for only £3.79
What a great book...I really enjoyed reading this book.
From a practical, parenting point of view this book is excellent - wipe clean and very hardy!
Another reason why this book is so pleasing is that it runs through the day-to-day routine/activities that babies and young children go through, such as hiding behind toys, splashing and playing in the bath and of course...the best bit of the day (for parents anyway!) being snuggled up all cosy in bed.
This book helps to develop those finer motor skills that babies need to improve by giving them the opportunity to turn their own pages and lift the flaps - the book is built so sturdily to aid baby's personal achievements by allowing them to try to do things themselves.
The rhymes that are used are gentle and repetitive, ensuring that baby/young child enjoys every minute of this loveable book.
The book also helps to promote equality and diversity by showing babies of all different shapes, sizes and colours.
This book is perfect as a gift for a parent/child, as an addition to a collection for a crèche or nursery or just for yours and your child's own enjoyment.
Peepo baby is a cardboard book so will be hardy enough for young children, it has 22 pages, is published by campbell books and we got ours free from the book start company at our library.
This book is ideal for young children as the flaps in the book are large and made of cardboard so wont damage easily, you lift the flaps as you go through the book to reveal who is hiding behind the toy, peering through the window, playing in the bath and in bed.
The book is beautifully illistrated with large colourful pictures to keep very youg childrens attention, there is a fun rhyme to accompany eah picture which is great fun for parents and children.
My eldest child has began to read for herself now, she still enjoys this book and loves to read it to her little sister, the rhymes are easily memorised by children so they can join in with you.
This is a great book that is suitable for children 6 months upwards.
My son received the book 'Peepo Baby!' by Georgie Birkett free with his Bookstart pack at his nine month developmental check up. It is however available to purchase from Amazon at just £3.79.
'Peepo Baby!' is a lovely little board book aimed at very young children. The cover depicts three children and a kitten peeking from behind a push-along walker filled with building blocks. Just below the picture is stated 'Big flaps for little babies to turn!'
Within the book, each page has a flap for baby to turn over in order to reveal something which is hidden. The first page for example says 'Who's behind my big blue car?' and as we turn over a flap which depicts the front of the car to find a teddy bear and the words 'Peepo Teddy! There you are!' There are a total of five flaps within the book and so it is rather short, however anything longer may not hold a young child's attention.
This book is written in rhyme which is beneficial for young children and a joy to read through. It is an ideal story for bedtime as the final scene depicts a sleepy baby tucked up tight with a bunny.
'Peepo Baby!' is a relatively small book which is just the right size for small hands. It is a board book which not only makes it longer lasting but also means that paper cannot be tore off and cause a choking hazard. I personally find board books very easy to wipe clean too.
My son and I have read through this book together on many occasions. I try to read to him every day and this book is a particular favourite. My little boy will turn over the flaps himself, sometimes before I have read the first passage, and he is always intrigued as to just what is underneath them. This is one that I would most certainly recommend.
'Peepo Baby!' by Georgie Birkett was first published in 2006 by Campbell books.
ISBN 1 405 05441 7