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This is a review of the Scooby Doo Mystery mini library I recently picked up for our daughter on a shopping trip when I needed to distract her knowing we would be stuck waiting in a boring queue for a while. I was brought up on the Scooby Doo cartoons so bought the set hoping to introduce my daughter to the gang.
What is it?
The library set is a small square shaped box which contains six mini hard board books, each one titled after one of the characters in the famous cartoon. Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, Velma, Daphne plus a book of monsters and ghouls make up the set.
The back page of each book makes up a jigsaw of the mystery machine vehicle that the van use to get around. Did you know that the van actually belongs to Daphne whose parents bought the mystery machine?! Also, in the Scooby book, it claims that Scooby is the only four pawed member of the team but what about Scrappy Doo?
The books are mainly pictures and on the container it states they are not suitable for under threes but I am not sure why as my 19 month daughter laughs with delight when we get the set out and look at them together. One of her favourite questions is "What do you do when you see a monster?" and she screams and waves her hands so these books have added to the fun of this. She is too young to do the jigsaw but loves putting the books in and out of the box and looking at the pictures together.
There is not much of a storyline with these books. I thought there may be some clues in the character books that link up to the monsters but that is not really what happens in the books. I don't suppose it really matters though.
Price and availability
On the back of the box it is printed £3.99 but we picked these up from our local Pound World shop so they were a bit of a bargain really. For that price, I don't really mind that one side of the box almost immedately came apart when we were playing with the set.
The colours are bright and the pictures are fun in this book. They are a good introduction to reading and one that can be linked in with fans of the cartoon. We are already getting used to offering our daughter scooby snacks during the day so we really get into the swing of the theme! Whilst I don't expect them to last a long time in the hands of our distructive daughter, for the price paid, I think these are great.
==Scooby Doo Mystery Mini Library Books==
jack is really into all the old cartoons that are on the telly and Scooby Doo is one of his favourites and at 4 o clock most days we settle down to watch the show. Because he likes it so much to break up the mounds of Star Wars related items we bought him this little set of books.
There are six mini board books contained in this cardboard slip case each one with a different little story. These books are widely available on the internet from a whole load of different sites. The cheapest I was able to find them for was £3.49 p with free posting and in my opinion this price is well worth it for the item that you get.
The recommended age range for this set of books is 3 years and over so seeing as Jack is just four this set is more than ideal for him. The fact that they are board books make them easy to hold and their small size means that they are great books to take out and about.
The books are very brightly coloured and the pictures both on the outside of the book and inside are well done and it takes a lot to make them look well worn. Each of the six books has a different story to them although the stories are small and containing a minimal amount of words they are perfect for little ones who are taking an interest in the words and wanting to learn to read for themselves. When reading them aloud to Jack it doesn't take very long because the stories are short but being able to talk about the pictures in each book make it a little more interesting and interactive.
All the gang are included in each book and the different books have titles relating to some of the characters. There is a book called Scooby Doo, one called, Ghosts and Ghouls, another being Velma, and Shaggy, Daphne and Fred also have their own book. The stories are fitting with the cartoon series and see the Mystery Gang solving pretty simple crimes and revleaing the fairly obvious bad guys.
Jack really likes the set of books and he has been carrying them about for a good while now without getting too bored of them. He is trying very hard to read the quite large print words and with a little encouragement is recognising some of the smaller easier to read ones.
I think that for the price of these books they are well worth every penny. The books are well made along with being bold and bright with interesting stories which although short and still very interesting and able to keep Jack's attention.
I can't see any fault with these books and for that reason I feel a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.