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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Ladybird / Board book / 10 Pages / Book is published 2007-09-27 by Ladybird

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      19.07.2012 23:10
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      Little peppa books

      My 3 year old son, like most children his age is quite a fan of Peppa Pig. My husband and I got married last summer, and on the run up to the wedding my son was getting a little frustrated when we were in another shop for last minute wedding bits and pieces, he spotted these little Peppa books, and refused to put them down. Although we normaly don't give in, the run up to the wedding was stressful enough that we gave in and let him have them. They managed to keep him happy and amused for a little while, so it was all worth it in the end.

      Peppa Pig's Little Library consists of 6 little books, that are about 3 1/2 inches squared. The books slot into a cardboard storage box. I have seen many different little library collections with various different characters, but this is the first we have bought. The six little books are board books, which I love for kids as they are less likely to get damanged, however these books don't feel as well made as larger board books we have. The spines of the books feel a bit loose, although it hasn't happened yet I do worry that if my son pulls a little too hard, if the spine/cover of the book will come away.

      The cardboard box is open along one side, so you can see all the books spine on. There is a small semi circle (about finger tip size) cut out of the box on either side of the opening, so books are easy to remove. Sadly the box isn't as sturdy as I would have liked, and is close to falling apart. Although still in one piece at the moment, I can't see it standing the test of time, which will leave us wwith six little books that will no doubt get lost or forgotten about.

      The front cover and spine of each book, is in a different colour. Greens, blues, purple and yellows. This makes it easy to tell the difference between the books, so even though my son can't read yet, he is able to tell me which book he wants/ is his favourite, by telling me which colour book he wants.

      All six books have part of a picture on the back, that when put together, like a jigsaw form a picture of Peppa and her family in the infamous muddy puddle. This is a nice added touch, making the books not only books to read/look at together but a little puzzle to do together as well.

      The books don't follow a story as such, more a serious of statements that follow a different theme in each book. The books are
      Peppa's Family
      Peppa at playgroup
      Peppa at home
      Peppa's Friends
      Peppa's favourite things
      Peppa's garden
      Each book follows the same layout, with one statement about the illustration and then something relating to the illustration in speech marks. For example in the book Peppa at playgroup, there is a picture of Peppa and her little brother George painting pictures, with the statement, 'Peppa likes painting pictures' and then in speech marks we she Peppa asking "Do you like my very pretty flowers".
      I like how there are parts when the characters are talking, I put on different voices for the different characters, and my son and I have a good giggle. I find that theses parts also help the books relate a bit more to the tv series.

      The illustrations are bright, and colourful, making them great for young children. Although the books are small there is still plenty of detail in the illustrations, without being too small and unnoticeable. All the little details (for example the characters shadows) provide extra things to talk to your child about.
      Most of the goings on in the books will be easy for children to relate to, and provide various talking points to have with your child, e.g in Peppa at Home 'Peppa and George have a splashy time in the bathroom', here my son and I talk about bubbles in the bath and how much he too likes to splash.

      Due to the books being so small, they are great for popping in your bag to provide a little entertainment for your child when out and about. However I would say that they are not really bed time story material as there isn't a great deal to them. There isn't much in the way of educational value to them, and they to me are a bit overpriced for what you get. That being said my son seems to like them, and I have found them handy at times when on car journeys etc. I would also say that small books are great for small hands, but not so great for mummy or daddy hands.

      Overall a good little set of books to provide some entertainment for young children, but that aren't made to the highest standard.

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      19.11.2011 21:15
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      for fans only

      I reached the point when I don't want to know anything more about the 2 little piggies, their lovely family and friends... Unfortunately my sons have not reached this point yet, moreover they are still massive fans of Peppa and George. How come, they spotted the Little Library booklets in our local Morrisons while I was looking for the perfect birthday card for my dear friend and they were so convincing that I couldn't resist and bought them. Only one copy though.

      The first thing after we arrived home was to get rid of the foil that keeps the booklets in the box, then to my biggest surprise they agreed to share the 6 booklets equally. After unpacking the groceries it was my turn to read the short stories.

      Peppa's Friends is a green little book presenting Peppa, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog, Pedro Pony, Candy Cat and Rebecca Rabbit and his dressing up party.

      Peppa at Home is a light lime coloured book presenting what Peppa likes while at home e.g. spaghetti, hide and seek, splashy time

      Peppa's Favourite Things is a light blue book and we can read about chocolate cake, red shoes, spaghetti... and muddy puddles.

      Peppa's Family is a yellow book and not only presents the family members but also what they like. So we can read about Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Granny Pig and Grandpa Pig.

      Peppa at Playgroup is the purple book presenting Madame Gazelle, Peppa's friends, a drawing class and a ballet lesson.

      Peppa's Garden is a lime book presenting what Peppa likes to do in the Garden with her family and her friends. I think this title is a bit confusing regarding the content of the book, but my sons haven't complained.


      Quality

      The books are made of thick cardboard and they are very durable, not like the box that should hold them together. The pages are soft when touched and moderately water resistant. It looks like the pages are covered with some foil which protects them from wet hands...

      The pictures in the book are of top quality and they are colourful, attracting kids' attention. Despite knowing the text by heart my kids still love to "read" these books. It gives them good ideas what to play or what to eat... Some of you start to sympathise with me at this point...


      Educational values

      Despite my kids loving these characters unconditionally they have started to ask clever questions like how can a pig ride a bicycle, talk, etc. I can't say it was the effect of this book only as we have all the DVDs and most of this years Peppa Pig magazine's, some other books, etc. These lovable figures made my kids' vocabulary improve a lot, they often play they are Peppa and George and copy loads of things.

      Overall opinion

      I am a bit bored with the stories of these two little piggies but I have to admit that my kids really love them and their interest in something means my interest in the same thing as well... So I know a lot about Peppa's family, friends and favourite things. I think these booklets are a bit repetitive regarding their content but kids love to hear the same thing hundreds and thousands of times.

      I almost forgot, the booklets have a picture on their back and if you put them in right order, they work as a puzzle and make a big picture. The box that holds the books together help the kids how to put the books in the right order to get the picture of... Com'on you can guess it! (Peppa and her family)

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        23.06.2011 19:14
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        Ok if you don't want them to last long.

        My daughter received this Peppa Pig little library as a stocking filler at Christmas when she was 13 months old. She loves seeing this on television so I though she'd enjoy looking through these. At £3.49 I thought it was a fair price.

        The little library is published by Ladybird and consists of 6 small board books, about 5cm squared, in a flimsy cardboard container. The 6 titles are:

        * Peppa's Family
        * Peppa at Home
        * Peppa's Garden
        * Peppa's Friends
        * Peppa at Playgroup
        * Peppa's Favourite Things


        These themes are great for toddlers as they can associate what Peppa does with her family and friends with what they do on a daily basis. My daughter loves pointing at each picture as I read the short caption on that page.

        Each book contains 8 pages, and on each page there is an illustration and a caption to go with the picture. When I first purchased these I was expecting each book to contain a small story but this is not the case. The back of each book has a part of a puzzle on it, turning all 6 board books over and rearranging them shows a picture of Peppa and her family.

        Board books are known for being robust and standing the test of time, I don't know if it's just my daughter but she loves chewing the corners and bending the pages back on each other. I don't think these books will last much longer, the spines are very weak.

        These would also work great as a party bag filler. These days you always find plastic rubbish in the bottom of a party bag, but buying a set of these books and putting one in each bag would be a great alternative, I'm sure my daughter would love to receive one like that. There are many titles such as In The Night Garden and Fireman Sam, so good for boys and girls.

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          09.11.2010 20:01
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          More like picture books

          I Brought these for my daughter as Tesco had buy 1 get one free on books and this set and Thomas set were there so we managed to get 2 set for £4.99 but usually the Rrp is £4.99 for one set. In the little library you get 6 small books that come in a cardboard holder so they can all be kept safe together. The books that you receive are

          Peppa's Favourite Things
          Peppa at Playgoup
          Peppa at Home
          Peppa's Friends
          Peppa's Family
          Peppa's Garden

          Each book is a very short 8 hardboard book pages with one sentence on each page. Rather than a story it is a description of everything like the friends book explains what each character likes to dress up as. They are so short my daughter looks at me like is that it?I know little library's are meant to be short but I have many of them and these are just disappointing. The cardboard box that holds them did not last very long without becoming damaged with the books going in and out and the other problem is once there in there is no way a toddler will be able to get them out until one has been removed for them.

          I know it sounds all bad but the illustrations that cover the book from front to back are fantastic and did keep my little girl interested pointing out different things and also all 6 books can be used as a puzzle as the back has a picture so that all 6 can be put together as a bigger picture this by far is the best part.
          I would not recommend these as a story book as they are not story's but as a novelty picture book they are attractive for a younger audience.

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          24.08.2010 22:33
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          peppa pig little library with 6 books and storage box

          I bought this set of books as a stocking filler for my son for his Christmas and it was a great buy at only £4.99 for the set of 6 which when all are placed out face down can be put together to create a picture of peppa, george, mummy and daddy pig playing in a muddy puddle.

          One book is about peppa and her friends dressing up and each page has a different character dressing up in a different outfit such as suzy sheep as a nurse and danny dog as a pirate. At the end it shows all peppa and her friends together dressed up and having fun. There is also a book which is about peppas family and each page consists of a family member and something which they love, like george and his mr dinosaur teddy. After reading this particular book with my son a few times we changed it a bit as instead of reading what mummy and daddy pig like we got my son to say something which his mummy and daddy like, which he loved doing and always comes out with something different each time. The other books are about peppa's garden where she tells us everything she likes doing in her garden, her favourite things which consist of chocolate cake and spaghetti, peppa at home and also at playgroup which my son loves reading as he attends nursery and he likes telling me like peppa does who his favourite teacher is and who his friends are.

          A great little library which kids can read along and interact with easily. All of which are kept in a little box which helps keep them altogether and tidy. Would definitely recommend them.

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          12.08.2010 08:10
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          not a bad buy for £3.45

          This was the first Peppa Pig purchase we ever made for our son. That seems like ages ago. Now he has a large collection of things. But still after a year these little books seem to make their way out time and time again. My youngest son who is 11 months now has started taking a liking to them too. They are perfect for his little hands to hold.

          You get six little board books in total and they come in a cardboard sleeve. Unfortunately that didn't last in our house. When we first bought it my son was one and a half and he managed to get his hands on it while no one was looking and chewed it! The books are a great size for little ones to manage alone they measure 9.5cm by 9.0cm by 0.6cm. The pages on the board book are easy to turn. Each book has eight pages with pictures and text. The pictures are lovely and bright and the text is average size to read.

          The six books you get in the little library are as follows:

          Peppa's Friends: This book is about all Peppa's friends and what they like to dress up as. On each page is a picture of each character in their dressing up outfit and it tells you who it is, what they are dressed up as and what they do. 'Suzy Sheep is a nurse. I'll make you better!'

          Peppa at Home: This book tells you all about what Peppa and her little brother George get up to at home. 'Peppa and George have a splashy time in the bathroom.'

          Peppa's Family: Now this book not only tells you all the family members Peppa has but what they love as well. 'George loves Mr Dinosaur. Roar! Dinosaur!' My son loved me reading this book to him as we would talk about the things he loves too. And he loved trying to make each noise.

          Peppa at Playgroup: We find out about all the fun Peppa has at playgroup and what she does. 'Peppa sees all her friends at playgroup.'

          Peppa's favourite Things: Peppa has a lot of favourite things and this book tells us what some of them are. But everyone knows what her favourite thing is. 'Muddy puddles'.

          Peppa's Garden: Here we find out what Peppa likes to do in her garden. It's great to try some of the things I your own garden. 'She plays piggy - in - the - middle.'

          On the front cover of each book is the logo in the top right hand corner followed by the title of the book then a picture of Peppa that is relevant to the title. The background of each book is a different colour. I think little ones will be enticed towards the books. If you turn over all the books and lay them out on the floor they make a lovely picture of Peppa, George, Mummy pig and Daddy Pig jumping in a muddy puddle. The first time we showed my son this he thought it was great.

          These little books are a lovely start to your little ones book collection. For the first month my son was a little obsessed with us reading all six of them to him. I have to admit of getting a little fed up of reading them after a while. He will now happily sit alone and look through them himself and shout thing out. It has been well used though and worth every penny. Although I must say they haven't kept the best and the paper has peeled away in places.

          The little library would make a great birthday gift or stocking filler. At £3.45 you can't go wrong. Another idea for these little books is split them up and pop one each in a party bag any little one would be pleased with their own little book. They work out at about 58 pence each.

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          17.07.2010 14:03
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          ok if you can get them cheap

          My daughter received the peppa pig mini library for Christmas last year, this is something i really wouldn't have bought as i really don't like Peppa pig at all and i don't think she is particularly good for children. However, my daughter adored these books!

          There are six mini board books in the collection which are about 3 inch squared, and they come in a little cardobard holder which keeps them together (like a dvd boxset i guess). The holder is quite flimsy cardboard which isn't great when the books are aimed at toddlers, and it has been ripped several times when my daughter has tried to put the books back in

          The books are quite durable being board books but they aren't thick like you get with many childrens board books - but although they have been chewed and bent and sometimes even thrown around they are still in quite good condition although the spines of the books are looking a little worn now.

          The books are as follows:

          Peppa's Garden
          Peppa's Family
          Peppa's Friends
          Peppa's Favourite Things
          Peppa At Playgroup
          Peppa At Home

          The books are a little disappointing as there is no story to them, each page has a sentence or so but there is no flow to the books which i think is a real let down as they should be mini stories in my opinion. An example of a page is from Peppa's Favourite Things - "Peppa Pig has lots of favourite things. Chocolate cake deeeelicious"

          On the back of each book is a piece of picture, and when all the books are put together make up a large picture of Peppa and her family playing in the mud. This is a great feature of the books as it doubles up as a sort of jugsaw puzzle.

          The books are bright and colourful and feature all the characters from the show which my daughter loves, and quite often she will sit and read them making up her own little story which is adorable to listen to but if i am to read the books to her she does get fed up quite quickly due to the lack of story. At two and a half i personally think she is growing out of them, and rarely goes to get them off the shelf anymore so i would suggest if you are going to get them for your child i would possibly say for the age of twelve months+ is probably about right.

          You can find these books at Tesco but i would imagine you would get them cheaper on Amazon and i would definately say not to pay much more than about £3 for this set of books.

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          21.02.2010 10:09
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          useful for a stocking filler but that's about it.

          My daughter got this Peppa Pig Little Library set of books last year for her birthday. She loves all things Peppa pig, so this was a nice addition to her collection. She also loves reading so we thought this little set of books would be lovely.
          There are six books in this collection, all small board books measuring around 10cm square. They can live in a cardboard case which keeps them altogether. Sadly the cardboard case doesn't stand up to a two year old who is trying to put books away, and the case didn't last much longer than a few weeks before being ripped. Still we had the books to read so it wasn't ruined.
          The books themselves being hardback are more durable, but we have found that the plastic coating has come away quite easily over the months when using them. This makes them look quite dog eared too quickly for a set of children's books.

          Initially I thought these books would each hold a story of their own, but in reality all you actually get is a few short sentences on each page with pictures. They aren't up to the job of being able to read as a story to your child, but they are fine for the children to look at and associate the pictures with their favourite characters.
          The range of book in the case include -
          - Peppa's Favourite things
          - Peppa at Home
          - Peppa's family
          - Peppa at playgroup
          - Peppa's friends
          - Peppa's Garden
          Each book focuses on the title and lets the reader learn about Peppa Pig. If your child watches the programme anyway they will be aware of all the characters and items in the books.
          On the reverse of each of the small books there is a part of a puzzle. If you place all six books together you can make a large picture of Peppa and her family.
          My daughter likes to make the puzzle picture more than she likes reading the pages now, and she's only two and a half. She tired of the reading very soon after receiving them which is a shame.

          Despite the lack of words and interaction in each book, there are some bright and colourful pictures which will entertain younger children, but then you enter the dilemma that if they are too young they won't know about Peppa Pig and the books would again be useless to the child.
          I wouldn't recommend this set of books to any child over the age of three, purely for the attention factor. They would however make a nice addition to a stocking at Christmas time for a toddler.
          You can buy this set for £3.45 on Amazon, and I really wouldn't pay anymore for it.

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            20.02.2010 10:11
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            Things peppa likes to do.

            The Peppa Pig Little Library was bought as a gift for my daughters first birthday. She is two and a half now and although she didn't really bother with it at first, it has become one of her favourite book sets over the last six months.

            The set is based on the popular cartoon Peppa Pig that is aimed at toddlers. I think this is why my daughter prefers this set now because she has really started to enjoy watching the show. This is a little cardboard box containing six books that measure approximately 2.5" x 2.5" in size. Each book has eight pages.

            Peppa's Friends - This story tells us that Peppa loves to dress up and shows her and her friends' favourite dressing up costumes. Each of the dressed up characters have a caption relating to it. Danny Dog is dressed as a pirate and says 'I'm looking for buried treasure'.

            Peppa at Home - This is about the fun things Peppa can do at home. The first one is eating spaghetti in the kitchen on her own but all the other activities are things she likes doing with her little brother George.

            Peppa's Family - This book is about all the different things Peppa's family enjoy doing with captions to accompany them.

            Peppa's Favourite Things - This is about all the different things that Peppa loves. These include chocolate cake, her new red shoes and most of all muddy puddles.

            Peppa's Garden - This is the story of all the things Peppa enjoys doing in the garden. All the activities involve enjoying spending time with others.

            Peppa at Playgroup - This shows Peppa at playgroup for the day. She sees her teacher, meets her friends, paints a pretty picture and learns ballet.

            What I love about these books is that the topics are all things that children see and do in their everyday lives. My daughter and I will talk about when we play in the garden or eat chocolate cake together whilst we are reading. She loves relating her own life back to what she sees Peppa doing. The books also give off the message that spending time with your family and friends is lots of fun.

            The books themselves are lovely and sturdy. They are made of cardboard and all the pages have a glossy sheen on them. This is great because it has meant they have kept in good condition despite my daughter spilling food and drink on them. The only thing that isn't still perfect is the corners on the front and back of the books. They have started to come away a little but they aren't ripping they're just a bit frayed. The box is open at one end for the books to come out, my daughter has to tip them out all together because she can't get her fingers in to get one at a time. The other end of the box is supposed to stay done up but where ours has got a little squashed, this end is now bowing open.

            My daughter enjoys these books because she can sit and handle them on her own or we can read them together. The illustrations are all bright and attractive and they capture the essence of the programme perfectly. The text is black and bold and easy to read. My son is 6 and can read most of these books to my daughter now. This gives them some quiet time where they can interact together. The back of the books fit together to make a picture of Peppa and her family jumping in muddy puddles, one of their favourite activities.

            The set of six book retails for £3.99 which I think is a little high, £3.00 would be more reasonable because then each book would work out at 50pence. This is an ideal present for a toddler who likes Peppa Pig, even if they don't it is still a lovely set of books. There are other sets available including 'My friends Tigger and Pooh' and 'Bob the Builder'.

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            23.06.2009 10:46
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            Good collection

            This is a recent addition to my daughter's library, she is a big fan of Peppa Pig, but funnily enough has never seen the show on TV. The reason she is a fan is because every where you turn Peppa Pig seems to be around, my daughter has Peppa Pig pyjamas, socks, vests and even a teddy so she is very aware that Peppa Pig exists, just not on the TV screen!

            So on a recent trip around Tescos, this caught my Mum's eye and she bought it knowing my daughter was a fan and also that she has other 'Little Libraries' and has always liked them. She paid £2.49.

            The Little Library consists of a cardboard box (open at one end) which contains 6 little cardboard Peppa Pig books. These books also make a jigsaw, a picture of Peppa Pig and family rolling around in a muddy puddle (this is something my daughter enjoys doing because she loves jigsaws, and this is obviously one she can do without my intervention!)

            Each book has a different theme to it:

            Peppa's Friends
            Peppa's Favourite Things
            Peppa At Home
            Peppa's Garden
            Peppa At Playgroup
            Peppa's Family

            Each book is very simple and just has a few lines on each page summing up what is going on. For example in 'Peppa's Garden' one page says 'She helps Grandpa Pig grow fruit and vegetables'.

            If you read all of the books you get to meet all of Peppa's family and friends and it will give you a background to the TV show (very handy when we haven't even seen it yet).

            What I really liked about these books is that, although Peppa Pig and friends are really weird looking (sometimes I can't understand what goes on in people's minds when they invent things like this for kids), the themes throughout the book are just every day things, just as would happen in your child's life. Most kids go to playgroup, most kids play in the garden, most kids play at home and have their favourite things. So I think it is very easy for a young child to identify with what is going on, and will therefore enjoy looking at and reading the books if they can see a bit of their own lives in there.

            On one page in 'Peppa At Home' Peppa and George (her brother) are having a bath and there are bubbles everywhere, my daughter loves this because she loves having a bath with lots of bubbles.

            So, my daughter was really pleased with this little collection and I know she will treasure it and look after it. I have read another review which stated that the books are not made to last but I think it depends on the child. My daughter has always been very careful with all of her books and her other little libraries are still in very good condition (apart from the In The Night Garden one where the box has collapsed, but the books are still fine!).


            In my opinion, the books are quite sturdy and well made, and unless your child is a monkey who throws things around and eats everything (the reason I am keeping these away from my youngest daughter who eats everything in her path) then I think these books have a potentially long lifespan.


            I would recommend these to any young Peppa Pig fan.

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              15.04.2009 12:51
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              Lovely library of books for little children!

              One of the presents my daughter received for her fourth birthday recently was this Peppa Pig Little Library collection. Although she is a big fan of Peppa Pig, I did wonder whether she might have outgrown these types of books but I was wrong. They are definitely books younger children will appreciate but she has happily sat and 'read' them many times too. I think that because each book has only a few words and a simple text, it is easy for her to almost memorise it all which makes her feel that she can read (just like her older sister!).

              There are six little board books that come altogether in their cardboard container. They are only about 5cm squared. All of them feature Peppa Pig, a popular children's TV character, and focus on a different aspect of her life. The six titles are:

              Peppa at Home
              Peppa's Favourite things
              Peppa at Playgroup
              Peppa's Family
              Peppa's Friends
              Peppa's Garden

              There is no particular order in which to read these books, but if your child does not know the characters from the TV series it's probably best to start with Peppa's Family, as Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and little brother George definitely appear in the other books as well.

              Each book tells a very simple story usually with a different idea on each page. There is just a small amount of text on each page and the story is mainly written in simple sentences. They are all accompanied by illustrations and the characters are exactly as they are seen on television. The ideas are all very simple and show the characters doing lots of fun things. In one or two books there is a tiny amount of speech, but really, if you are an adult reading the book to your child, it's difficult to really get into story telling and I have to admit that I find them a little boring. This is definitely my opinion though and not that of my four year old who absolutely loves them.

              Each book has eight colourful pages telling the story and as they are all printed on board they are pretty sturdy. They are the type that are likely to get a little dog eared though particularly as younger children seem to love to chew the corners. When we first opened them, some of the pages were quite wedged together, and I did think that we might not be able to prise them apart. We did manage to but we had to be very careful.

              A small bonus with this library of books is that on the back each is covered with part of a larger picture. If your child is able to sort them out and put them together in the right places it forms a larger Peppa Pig picture jigsaw. My daughter loves doing this.

              Overall, these are reasonable little books which are likely to keep young children entertained for a while. Because they are small, they are easy to pop in your bag and take out with you which is always handy to do.

              The six book library is published by Ladybird and has a RRP of £3.99.

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                29.03.2009 17:08
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                Not really worth the money but my granddaughter loves Peppa Pig so loves the books!

                My 21 month old granddaughter loves Peppa Pig but while shopping for Christmas presents there were very few Peppa items suitable for her age, she loves books though so when I saw the Peppa Pig Little Library in Morrisons I picked it up for her despite thinking the £3.99 price tag was a little high for such a small product.

                The Little Library is six very small board books all slotted together into a cardboard storage box. The box is open along one side so that you can see at a glance what book you want to read to your child and in theory this means you can pull out the book you want without all six being out and making a mess of your living room floor.

                The idea doesn't work in my opinion. For a start the box is rather flimsy and within a few days my granddaughter had split hers as she tried pushing the books in too forcefully and the whole front of the storage box fell apart with an almighty tearing sound. So now we have six tiny books and nowhere for them to live other than in her toybox, which isn't ideal as the books themselves are only around 3 1/2" square and they easily drop behind other toys meaning my granddaughter often overlooks them for the bulkier toys she finds at the top of her toybox.

                Actually we have four tiny books as two have been lost, this set of books has never left my daughter's house yet two are definitely missing and I know they have turned the living room upside down for them and we are now of the opinion that they have accidentally been thrown away with the rubbish. This is a shame as the back covers of all six books fit together to create a scene of Peppa Pig and her family having fun so we now have a Daddy Pig with no head and Baby George's legs are missing!

                The books themselves are rather cute with the basic premise being Peppa having fun with her friends' and family, the illustrations are very sweet and all the characters look exactly the same as they do on tele. I love how colourful the books are because they pictures really hold my granddaughters' attention which I believe is key in getting children to enjoy books from an early age.

                The books don't tell actual stories which annoyed me a little as I had been expecting a short story in each book taken from the television series. Instead they focus on a specific theme and use each page to elaborate on it slightly, the one I have in front of me is entitled Peppa's Family and each member has a single page dedicated to them which has an illustration as well as a short block of text saying what each Pig loves. I like the fact that the words tie in well with the pictures and there is really no confusion, for example on Granny Pig's page is shows her saying 'Pretty Polly!' to a sweet looking parrot along with the words 'Granny Pig loves her parrot.'

                All six books take on this basic theme and are all pretty much the same from an adults point of view, although my granddaughter always knows exactly what story she wants so there must be some differences which are more apparent to a toddlers brain!

                The books are not terribly well made, I thought buying her board books would be the best idea as like most children of this age my granddaughter is a little rough and not overly considerate of her possessions. The day she received them however she managed to tear away some of the colour from the board pages and has also chewed on one of the spines which has caused the book to look almost melted. Also I think the spines are rather too loose for books designed for such young children. When she first got them they looked lovely but now the spines have stretched a little and the board pages no longer sit flush to one another, in her defence though this isn't entirely my granddaughters fault as upon opening the pages you cannot lay them flat on the table to read as this forces the spine sideways and causes the stretching I mentioned.

                I'm torn about this set of books really because although I'm not overly impressed my granddaughter loves them. Having said that she has a t-shirt featuring Peppa Pig too and she adores this in the same way so it's definitely the imagery of this darling little piggy that appeals to her rather than any educational value these books provide! Personally I think they are a bad design and not worth the money, if you were to spot a bargain set and have a Peppa Pig fan in your house then perhaps they would be worth buying but I certainly shall not be buying such a gimmicky item again and would rather spend the extra money and buy her some proper sized board books.

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