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Peppa Pig: Little Library - Ladybird
Member Name: Julie449
Peppa Pig: Little Library - Ladybird
Advantages: Handy for entertainment when out and about, with Peppa Pig
Disadvantages: Books aren't made all that well, carboard storage box is weak
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 at playgroup
Peppa at home
Peppa's favourite things
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.
Summary: Little peppa books