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My eldest daughter has been a big fan of Peppa Pig for about a year and a half now so when we were shopping a few weeks ago and she saw this book she asked to buy it from her Christmas money. We bought the book from Asda and it cost £4.99 although as usual you can pick it up from Amazon at a cheaper price which at the moment is £3.49. The book is approx 7 inches sqaure and is very brightly coloured, the logo for Peppa Pig is in the top left hand corner so you know it is a genuine book and then the title is written in bright yellow lettering. The picture of the front of the book is simple with Peppe Pig at the forefront of the book holding a fishbowl and George pig standing a little behind her. The background of the cover is in a matt finish and characters on the cover are in a glossy finish which you can feel if you run your hands over the cover. The cover is very brightly coloured and attractive to little eyes. The book inside has seven double pages and the pages are board to make it easy for little fingers to handle so really at 4 years this book is meant for youngher children than my daughter but she chose it simply because of the character. The story follows Peppa Pig getting her first pet Goldie the goldfish, one day when Mummy Pig feeds Goldie they find that she dolesn't look very happy and will not eat her food, after ringing the vet they are told to take Goldie to the vets striaght away. The pig family have to take the bus to the vets where Mr Bull is aboad to take his tuba to be fixed and he tries to play goldie a tune to cheer her up which doesn't work. Mrs gazelle gets on the bus and she sings the wheels on the bus to Goldie to try and cheers her up but that doesn't seem to work either, once at the vets Mummy Pig puts some food into Goldies bowl and she swims around eating it all and is a happy little fish. They decide that the ride on the bus has cheered Goldie up and return home on the bus singing the fish in the bowl swims round and round. The pictures in the book are all in bright colours just like the show and as it is a genuine Peppa Pig product the characters are the same as on the show. Each double page has a different coloured background with the wording on the right hand page and a picture of what is going on on the right hand side, the picture is in a sort of circle gone wrong shape which has quite a thick coloured border around it. On the bottom of each of the wording pages there are 2 fish bowls and Goldie the fish, the fish starts in one fish bowl and then page by page she moves jumping into the oppostie fish bowl, I thought the fish bowls were a nice little extra touch and the fishes facial expression changes too as she cheers up through the book. My daughter loves this book and my youngest will sit and read it with us too although she just likes turning the pages before I have managed to read them, my eldest likes to point out things in the book that are different such as Daddy Pig has taken the car to work which is why they have to take the bus which goes to show she has a pretty good memeory. This book is a lovely book and worth the money we paid for it.
My son recently turned one and was showered with lovely pressents from friends and family. He's always been transfixed by Peppa Pig so a large number of his pressents had this theme as he really has take a huge shine to the characters and the show itself! Josh was bought this particular book by my partners brother. I was really pleased when we opened this together and saw a great book beacause Josh has just turned that corner where he has all of a sudeen begun to love having things read to him. Previously he's been far to interested in being mobile and independant and it's been a beautiful change now that he will pick up a book and carry it to me to read to him. This book meant we could combine some of those really lovely moments with his favourite characters which really meant oth Mummy and Josh won on this occasion! We do have a brilliant Peppa Pig story Treasury which is hardback with paper pages and full of lots of stories about Peppa and her friends and family. However due to my sons age he's not gentle enough with paper pages in books and often tears them and ruins them so this one had been put out of reach for when he's a little more gentle with handling the books. This book though is hardbacked and hard paged which meant we had overcome that particular problem. However rather than just having thick pages all the same shape and size as the front and back page, this book has more of a 'real book' feel to it with a slightly padded, embossed cover and back cover which hnags over the pages a little. We call it Josh's big boy book which he seems to like! Peppa's first pet is part of the 'My First Storybook' range that Ladybird the publishers have released. It means everything about it is aimed at the younger aged viewers which meant I was quite sure it would be suitable for my son despite him only being one. This particular story is about Peppa getting her first pet-a goldfish she names Goldie. Mummy and Daddy pig took her to the pet shop to choose Goldie but one day she doesn't eat her food so Mummy Pig, Peppa and George take her to the vets. The route to the vets is on the bus in which the characters (and therefore me) all sing 'the wheels on the bus' and it makes Godlie all better again. It's a very simple story and quite a sweet one at that. The book itself has 16 pages-half of which are pictures and half of which contain the words. At this stage 8 pages of reading is about as much as my son will tolerate even though he gets to look at some of his favourite characters on each page. So I'm glad that the book wasn't any longer because as it is sometime we have to miss the last page as my son has got bored. The font shown in the book is very common of the Peppa Pig series so it felt very familiar from the first time we read it. It's black block print and each page has four or five lines so it wouldn't be a first readers book as it's a little too wordy for that. For reading to the children though it's great. The easy to read font (for parents that is) combined with the simple text itself makes a good duo so it works well for the reader and listener. The illustrations are perfect, exactly the same as they appear in the show and all the same colours are used. I like my son watching Peppa Pig because it's not complicated, the colours are block colours and there is little shading and variation used so it's easy on his eyes and it can entertain him without confusing him. The illustrations in this book also do that too plus the changing background colour of each page is good for eye stimulation. My son loves this book and we give it 5 stars. It cost £4.99 which is in line with books for this stage considering their material density. I don't worry about him chewing this book which occasionally he does do because it's thick enough to withstand that. It's also wipe clean which is perfect as some times my son gets so attached to this book he doesn't let it go-even if it's snack time. So it helps to be able to give it a quick clean every now and then! One other things for sure and thats that every time my son plods over to me dragging this book by it's cover, with the pages hanging down and dragging on the floor-my heart couldn't skip a beat fast enough! We absolutely love reading about Peppa's first pet, even if it's a million times a day!
My daughter recently added Peppa Pig to her repertoir of TV programmes she'll watch (I was getting a bit bored of just Fireman Sam and Postman Pat SDS!). When we were in a local garden centre, she saw a display of Peppa Pig books and started reading this one. As she had been a good girl that day, and I feel books are a vital part of her learning, I decided to buy it for her. ---About Peppa Pig: Peppa Pig is a little pig who together with her baby brother George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and all her friends have lots of fun and learn new things. Each episode on TV is about 5 minutes long as is perfect for my little girl who is 22 months. There is also a large range of merchandise that can be bought alongside it. ---About the book: Peppa's First Pet is a Ladybird book based on the episode of the TV show of the same name. The book is a board book and is a smallish square with a picture of George and Peppa holding her fish in a bowl. The Peppa Pig logo is in the top left corner whilst the name of the book is written in yellow on the right. The characters are shiny so they are smooth when you run your hand over them. The spine of the book has a number 5 on it so there are more books in the series. The back of the book tells you the synopsis for the book and also the other books in the series. The book tells the story of Peppa's pet fish called Goldie who won't eat her food one morning and looks unhappy. Mummy Pig decides they should take her to the vet, Dr Hamster, but as Daddy Pig has the car, they have to all go on the bus. Whilst on the bus, they meet several other characters including Mr Bull with his tuba (although I'm still not convinced it is a tuba...) and Madame Gazelle who thinks they should sing a song to cheer Goldie up. Once they reach the vets, Goldie seems to have got better which she suggests is a result of them taking her on the bus. They go home again on the bus and find all the characters there again and sing another song about the fish swimming round the bowl. ---My findings: As my daughter chose this book, I was confident that she would enjoy it and was luckily proven right. She carried it all the way back to the car and then spent the drive home trying to read it. When we got home, I read her the story which was very close to the TV episode and includes pictures from the episode. The book is very bright and colourful with each page having a differnt colour background. The text is all on the left hand page with a large picture on the right. The pictures are encased in a circular line that is a darker colour than the background. The pictures are quite simple and have lots of items in them that are recognisable so my daughter can point things out and learn the names of things shown in the pictures. The writing on the pages is quite easy to read but is done in wavy lines to make it more intersting. There is too much information on the pages for a young person to read, but the words are easy to understand when they are read so this is a good book to read together with your child. My daughter also really enjoys it because it has the song 'The Wheels On The Bus' which my daughter loves as a song so we have to sing that a lot while we're reading the book. Another nice feature of the book is the pictures under the writing which show the progress of the book as Goldie's progress of jumping out of one bowl and into another. ---And finally: I have been really pleased with this book and it has kept my daughter amused for some time now. She keeps going back to the book and asking me to read 'the pig' to her and she enjoys looking at the pictures and pointing out the characters she recognises. The book costs £4.99 which seems to be average for this type of book now so is worth the price for the joy it has given her.