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Postman Pat is a postman who works and lives in Greendale. There are many Postman Pat books available to buy but this one is a little different.
Published : Egmont Books 2006
ISBN : 978-1405227087
Hardcover : 10 pages
Available from 1p on Amazon UK.
There are currently 2 Postman Pat Magnet Books available. Each one follows a similar pattern but a different story.
This magnet book follows Postman Pat and Jess as they deliver a mystery parcel to someone in Greendale. The book features a front cover with Pat in his van. The book is approx A4 size though the pages are only 3/4 of the page in size. There is a plastic pack at the top of the book which features 8 magnets.
The magnets feature the various characters from Postman Pat include Pat, his van, Jess, his wife Sarah, PC Selby etc. Each page has part of a story and then a prompt for your child to select the correct magnet. Underneath, there is a picture scene which relates to the wording about. Your child should add one of the magnets to finish the story and continue from there.
My son adores Postman Pat as his Daddy is a postman. My son picked this book in Hamleys using his birthday money in May. He paid £3.99 for it but the current Amazon price is very fair as it is more of an activity than it is a book. The hardcover and board pages make for a sturdy but heavy book and one which my son really loves.
There was originally a plastic pack attached to the book but this has since been lost. It didn't seem to stay put in the slot anyway. Our magnets are either permanetly attached to the pages of the book or lying in my sons activity boxes. The book itself is mainly blue backed. Each picture is bright and colourful and all of the characters appear just as they would in the show.
The magnets are sturdy and a reasonable size for young hands to hold. They are well shaped with no sharp edges though it is recommended that you do not give the magnets to any children under 3years old. There is a good range of magnets and the popular characters are present and correct. My son appreciates the variation of characters and he can identify all of them. The magnets have a good grip to them and attach to the glossy pages well without slipping. That being said, they are also easy to slide off.
The wording in the book is very basic and there isn't a lot of it. I normally do the reading as my son is only 3 though he has almost memorised it all! Pat visits the Post Office, the shop, the train station and a few other places which are recognisable from the show. The story flows well and an example of one page is...
"Postman Pat drives off to find PC Selby. "Beep beep!" goes Pat's van, when Pat sees PC Selby" - Who is Pat beeping at? Place him in the picture.
Some of the prompts tell you who to put in the scene though others a bit more challenging. Once Boo has added the correct magnet, the scene is complete. It is possible to add different magnets to different scenes and Boo often does this to create his own scenes. He has a great imagination and can spend a good 20 minutes creating the different scenes and telling me or his teddies what is going on. It is amazing to watch him doing this and with this and his other books, he is learning well and developing an excellent memory.
Like any book, I wouldn't wish to give away too much plot. The story is based around a parcel needing to be delivery. It is a birthday present though the name tag is missing and Pat must discover who the present belongs too. This is where all the different characters come in as he must visit them to ask questions and the ending is to my sons approval.
This magnet book adds a new dimension of play and fun to a basic story. The illustrations are great and the overall book is designed well. The only thing I would want different is the plastic pack to be a pouch instead as this would make it easier to store the magnets.
A great book and it comes recommended by myself and my son.
Thanks for reading x