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Roary the Racing Car: Where's Big Chris?

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Genre: Junior Books / Edition: TV tie-in edition / Board book / 12 Pages / Book is published 2009-05-28 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks

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      01.03.2011 11:16
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      I wouldn't pay the full £6.99 for this book!

      While loooking for some books for my Grandson this was the other one that I chose. Not knowing alot about "Roary" I wasn't sure what it was about, but it did look like a little boy's book. With a racing car on the front cover that has a big smiley face on the front of it, so I decided to buy it.

      This is another touch and feel book (I love touch and feel or pop up books!) as I think that these books are great for getting Mum ( or Dad!) and baby to interact with each other by touching the different textures and talking about them.

      The first touch part is on the cover and this is Roary's tyre as this has ridges in that you can feel ( although not much of a ridge if I'm honest!). On opening you will find that the story is about Roary looking for Big Chris who has gone missing. He needs to find him to get him to top up his oil ready for a big race ahead. The clue is a pair of shiny spanners for you to touch. I must admit these are not really raised enough for my liking for a child to feel, they look very shiny but that's about it.

      Next you go to the farmers to see if he is there and get to feel the donkeys coat. Again bright orange colour, but hasn't got much of a feel to it.

      I continue through the book visiting the woods with a bouncy ball to touch, a rusty caravan with sandpaper for the rust and finally the garage where you will discover Big Chris and a big splodge of sticky oil. This has a piece of paper over the top that you peel back and feel the slight stickness of the oil.

      I'm glad I brought the book as it is very colourful and is easy for a child to follow, there are lots of different things on each page that you can point out to the child and talk about apart from the storyline.

      Not the most touchy and feely book that I have come across, so I would mark this down a couple of Dooyoo stars. Being that I only paid 99p for this in the "Works" it isn't a bad buy, but I certainly wouldn't pay the full asking price of £6.99 which is a rip off in my opinion.

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        08.02.2011 11:13
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        Lovely book for younger toddlers

        My three year old son has a rather love hate relationship with Roary the Racing Car. He seems to go through stages of wanting to watch it and then wanting it quickly switched over. For a short time when he was very interested in it, his grandparents bought him the book Where's Big Chris?

        This book has a recommended retail price of £6.99. It is currently available from Amazon at the slightly reduced price of £6.29 with free delivery. It is reduced even further on Play.com where it is available at £5.45, again offering free delivery.

        Where's Big Chris? is a touch and feel book whereby illustrated areas have sections made from materials of different textures. This is an ideal way to engage very young children when reading. It makes the book all the more interactive and alluring and it promotes sensory awareness.

        This book is a board book, another quality which makes it ideal for younger children who may accidentally damage the paper pages of a book. The smooth shiny finish usually found on board books, and as is the case with this one, also makes it very easy to wipe down after sticky fingers have left their marks!

        The basic story throughout this book is that Roary is in need of an oil top up in preparation for his big race. He needs to find Big Chris to top up his oil and the book invites the reader on a journey through various scenes in order to find him.

        The book has a number of sensory touch and feel elements throughout. The cover is no exception where Roary has a ridged tyre. Other parts include shiny spanners, Dinkie the donkey's soft blanket, a rubbery bouncy ball, a rusty caravan and finally a sticky oil patch where Big Chris can at last be found. If you cannot immediately find these parts, there is a little reminder on each page such as 'Touch the shiny spanners!' and 'Touch the sticky oil!'

        As aforementioned this is a board book, however the pages are not as thick as other board books in my children's collection. Despite this there have as yet been no rips or creases. The spine of the book however is a little scuffed whereas older books in our collection are not. This may indicate that the quality is maybe not as good as it could be.


        My son has shown a little interest in this book but that is all, just a little. I do believe that, as it is primarily aimed at younger children, it simply does not challenge him enough. This point is proved by the fact that my one year old daughter adores it, as she does with all touch and feel books. My three year old son on the other hand is now becoming more interested in factual books.

        Overall this is a great book for young children around the age of one, maybe even younger than that as sensory books like this are great as first books. The simplicity of the story makes it accessible to young minds and the material used in the touch and feel areas as different to the norm and rather unusual. I would however score it down ever so slightly in terms of quality.

        ISBN: 978-0-00-730781-4

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