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Great baby/early years book
That's Not My Monkey - Fiona Watt
Member Name: rosaliecullen
That's Not My Monkey - Fiona Watt
Advantages: Bright colours, lots of texture.
Disadvantages: Slightly expensive if bought at RRP.
I am a huge fan of books and wanted to buy some books for my little girl even when I knew she wouldn't necessarily understand or enjoy them, but having something to read to her where she could watch my face change and listen to my voice was a great idea and we started reading together from about 8 weeks old (about the time I'd come out of that "omg I have a newborn baby and get up at 2pm every day" phase). I specifically picked "touchy feely" books as I thought the textures would be a good idea for her so she could touch as well as listen. This book 'That's not my monkey' is one of a number (20+) of a series from Usborne who are well known for making quality children's books. Each book retails at around £5.99 but you can often get them on Amazon for around £4.
This book is a board book which is great for small babies and even better for rough Toddlers. My baby loves to eat everything and it doesn't matter so much if she chews at this book compared to a softback book where she might get a paper cut. Having said that it has been chewed and flung about, the spine and book are in great shape which shows how well made and durable the books are. There are about 6 or 7 double page spreads in this book, each page has a different type of monkey picture on it which will be good for when a little one is older as it shows that there are different species. However, my little one is nowhere near that cognitive phase yet but it shows that the book will be useful for many years to come. Each page has a different monkey and part of the monkey is textured. Each page states "That's not my monkey....." and then goes on to explain why, so for example "it's tail is too velvety" - on this page the monkey's tail has velvet in it so the little person can touch the tail and experience the texture. Then next page might be "it's feet are too smooth" and the monkey's feet are made of a vinyl so your little one can experience that texture. The final page of the book identifies your monkey by saying "that's my monkey". My little girl absolutely loves this book, I suppose it must be the way I read the story and do difference tones and intonations with my voice, she is only 7 months old and claps and laughs every time I turn the page. She also likes to turn the page and then tries to put the book in her mouth again. I like that she listens to my voice and listens carefully to the words without too much distraction. I have begun to show her how to feel the textures with her fingers and after the first page, I see her feeling around the pages for the textures and she managed to find them and touch them after a few seconds which I think is brilliant. The pages are brightly colour with bold images.
The only negative points for me are (1) the price and (2) the size of the textured areas. Firstly,
I managed to get it on a very special Amazon Family deal which was 3 for £5 which is brilliant when you consider that these books have an RRP of £5.99. £5.99 in my opinion is too expensive and I think paying somewhere in the region of £3.50 would be more realistic, even though I do think they are well made and quality book. Secondly, some of the textured areas are quite small, particularly the velvety tail areas which makes it tricky for little fingers to find. Both of these points are minor negatives but I have knocked one star off for these reasons.
I think this is a great series of books to introduce reading and words and pictures and textures to very young children. I also think there is much more mileage in the book yet and look forward to reading the book to my daughter for some years to come. Not to mention her facing lighting up with a beaming smile every time I say "That's not my monkey" - even when I don't have the book with me! We also have That's not my tiger and I plan to get a couple more in the series to vary things...mainly for my sake!
Summary: A great series, looking forward to getting some more.