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I honestly believe that introducing a child to books from an early age really does help them to listen and manipulate sounds and eventually overtime understand the meaning of these wonderful noises we make. My son is now approaching 10 months and since he was probably a month old I've been reading to him be it at bedtime or after lunch, although in the early days I was reading Terry Pratchett and Private Eye articles rather than the baby books. It wasn't until my son was 8 months old that I came by this range of books at a local Waterstones bookshop where they were priced at £5.99 which wasn't that bad a price although I have since found them retailing on amazon at £3.00-£4.00. Amongst the numerous versions of the "That's not my..." range I came across Monkeys, Kittens, Puppies, Dinosaurs, Cars etc etc but the one that caught my eye and my son's more importantly was the "That's not my monster" book. The book is made of thick plastic coated durable cardboard which has survived my sons teething bites and dribbles. On each page is an area of fabric for your little one to touch and a description within the text which you read out loud of what that texture feels like. There are 6 fun monsters each with their own different appearance and texture and only one of these monsters is the right one. The text may appear to be limited but this is not a bad thing as babies and toddlers love repetition and I am really looking forward to the day when my son joins in . My son is always laughing at the female monster, he seems to find her rather amusing and the colours of each monster are bright and appealing without a hint of scariness. The other thing I noticed about this range is that there is a little mouse on each page and this encourages toddlers to spot the mouse on each page and look for him/her which is another lovely idea which adds another facet of fun to a rather entertaining book. Out of all of the books that I've purchased for my son or have been gifted to him this appears to be the most favoured and is carried around to be dribbled on, chewed and laughed at on a daily basis. My son has just started to turn the pages for himself and the pages are the right size for little hands/fingers and I know that this book will last the duration of his destructive toddler phase. I highly recommend this book to parents and I have even purchased the "That's not my pirate..." version of this line and my son adores that book too but not as much as the monsters.
Story time is a very important part of Freddy's day and part of his bedtime routine. We've been sharing books with Freddy after his last bottle of milk ever since we brought him home from hospital and our favourite series of board books are the "That's not my...." touchy feeling range, written by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells and published by Usborne. We've built up quite a collection of these bright, tactile books over the last few months and Freddy's latest favourite is "That's Not My....Monster", which we've shared for the last few nights. While this six inch square board book was far too large and heavy for Freddy to hold when we first started sharing it several months ago, it's now the perfect size for him to hold on to and the pages are thick enough for him to turn without any worries that anything will rip. The pages are also lightly laminated, meaning that when Freddy bites or sucks on them they don't come to any harm and any dribble (or vomit) can easily be wiped off. Before we even open the book, Freddy is entranced with the front cover, with it's picture of a friendly, bright green monster, accompanied by the words "That's not my monster...". And why isn't it our monster? Well in the middle of his face is a green, squishy, bumpy nose that's just too bobbly. Freddy just loves to poke this nose, while Mummy or Daddy reads the words, and if asked where the nose is, will immediately give it a prod. Once he's given the monster's nose a good prod, Freddy is ready to move on to the next page and finds it easy to turn the page himself. Turning the page, we're faced with a very pink monster, with very hairy eyebrows. Freddy loves to tickle these eyebrows, and will then tickle Mummy or Daddy's eyebrows, while giggling. What I love about this book, is that not only is there the pictures to illustrate the basic story of looking for our monster, but there's also lots of other little details that we can talk about. On this page, there's a little bumble bee and two flowers that we can count and describe. And on every single page, there's a little mouse who is sometimes in plain sight and sometimes hiding. Moving on to the next page, and there's a picture of a very goofy looking monster, who looks a little like Nessy to me. This monster has lots of feet to count, but isn't our monster because it's spikes are too fuzzy. When we get to this page we like to count the fuzzy spikes as we feel the felt-like material. We also like to point to the eyes, that are really noticeable as they are on stalks, as well as counting the feet and stripes. That's something that's really great about this particular book, there's lots of opportunities to point to, name and describe different parts of the body. Turning the page and we've taken a trip to out of space as the next monster is an alien with shiny paws, but we've still not found our alien because the paws are too bumpy. Freddy really loves this page, because it's so shiny. And I love this page because there's once more lots to talk about, including the moon, stars and even the way the monster is sticking it's tongue out. On the next page, we go from outer space to under the sea to find a sea monster with a lovely long tail and horns. But it's not our monster because those horns are just too rough. Freddy isn't actually too keen on this page as he finds it hard to scrape his nail across the Velcro that makes up the horns, and as far as he's concerned that's what Velcro is for. What I do like about this page is the little details, the mouse is wearing a mask and snorkel and I love the little snails peaking out. And so we come to the final page and we finally find our monster, and what a crazy looking monster he is, with his wonky smile, wiggly arms and really fluffy ears. Freddy does love to stroke the ears, but he sometimes gets a bit upset at this point because he knows that story time is over and it's time for bed, so sometimes we'll go through the book just one more time. As with all the "That's Not My..." books, this is a great book for sharing with a baby or young child. The simple storyline, bright pictures and different textures are ideal for catching even a very young baby's attention. Freddy loves this book and as it has been read to him many, many times he knows exactly where all the different textures are. As well as just reading the basic story to him, we also spend time looking at the pictures, with Mummy or Daddy describing what we can see. This book is particularly good for introducing the names of different body parts, such as ears, mouth, eyes, feet and arms as they do look so prominent and crazy in the pictures. The book is also very sturdy and has, so far, withstood all Freddy's attentions over the last six months and looks as good as new. So am I recommending this book, too right, it's brilliant, fun and even educational. As with all the "That's Not My..." books, sharing this book will not only help your child learn that books are fun, but it also provides lots of opportunities to introduce vocabulary, especially descriptive vocabulary, which will help your child express themselves as they get older. My only real concern, is that this book does introduce the idea of monsters, but the monsters do all look very friendly, if a bit goofy, so I could see this book being used to convince a child that monsters are funny rather than scary. I'm therefore giving this book a fabulous five stars out of five, as it's one that Freddy will often pick if given a choice, and recommending it to the parents of baby's and young children, aged from birth to about three.
"That's Not My Monster" is part of the Touchy-Feely range of books and written by Fiona Watts with illustrations by Rachel Wells. There are a number of books in this series whose titles all start with "That's Not My................" and then the ending alternates. I would assume that the aim of these books is to make books vibrant and attractive to very young children and not only stimulates the auditory and visual senses as all picture books do, but also encourages the child to engage in tactile exploration. This book cost me £3.50 courtesy of Amazon.co.uk which seems like a reasonable price to pay for a book that has got such good usage. My two year old loves this book and its certainly among the few books that come out over and over and over again. Although retailer's recommended age group for this book tends to be 3 - 6 years old, my son has enjoyed looking at this book since he was around a year or so old. The book is made from thick cardboard which is hard-wearing and durable and stands up of the treatment afforded it by my hooligan two year old!! There is also a sheen finish to the pages and this means that when the pages get sticky, which inevitably they do when a toddler is regularly pawing the pages, then its possible to wipe the pages over with a damp cloth and they then are returned to being as good as new. Each page has a different picture of a friendly looking monster which will have a different tactile feature on it for the cild to feel. For example, one of the monsters has very fluffy pink eyebrows which the child can feel - and then the caption on the page reads "That's not my monster.....his eyebrows are too fluffy. Another monster has a green plastic nobbily nose, another has rough horns, another bumpy paws etc. And then of course on the last page the correct monster is found and its announced with " Now that is my monster.....his ears are all fluffy!" The different textures on each page allow me to engage with my son and talk to him about the way things feel......and there is no doubt that having this tactile feature keeps his concentration considerably longer than other books. In addition to this, each monster and page is brightly colored and so is not only attractive to young children, but also allows me to teach my child the names of different colours and various body parts. My son really enjoys this book and regularly laughs while we're reading the book. Because it's so repetitive, my son memorizes large parts of the book and so will occupy himself by reading the book to himself.....which is obviously great for providing me with a much needed break! I would recommend this book to anyone with young children - and infact any book in tins series, although clearly this is my sons favorite.
That's Not My Monster - Fiona Watt We already own a couple of the 'That's Not My...' range from Usbourne books and when I came across this one recently I decided to buy for my son. With an RRP of £5.99 it is not cheap but I got our copy while on special offer for £1.99. Can't go wrong! The front cover of the 16cm x 16cm board book features a rather cute looking green spotty monster with a squidgy touchy feely green spotty nose, with the text 'That's not my monster... its nose is too bumpy'. Turning the page there is an equally cute looking pink monster and the text 'That's not my monster. Its eyebrows are too hairy.' The next double page features a purple and blue almost dinosaur looking monster with googly eyes and the text 'That's not my monster. Its spikes are too fuzzy.' On the next page is a cheeky looking red monster sticking its tongue out, with the text 'That's not my monster. Its paws are too bumpy. Another two 'monsters appear over the following pages, with each monster having touchy feely textured patches for your child to feel. This book is bright and fun and will appeal to the imaginations of young children. We also own That's not my bunny, That's not my pirate, That's not my monkey and That's not my baby (blue edition) and I am very tempted to keep this collection going, they are just a bit too pricey. RRP: £5.99 | ISBN: 9780746062616 www.usbourne.co.uk
That's Not My Monster is a fantastic little book in the Usborne Touchy-Feely series of books. Written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells these books build into a comprehensive collection featuring many colourful characters. This particular book was not the first That's Not My book that I purchased for my son, however it is one of my favourites overall. I have recently purchased this book again and put it away as a Christmas gift for my nephew. All of these books follow the same format, however they are rather different in terms of the touch and feel textures inside them and the characters that appear. That's Not My Monster features and weird and wonderful array of imaginatively designed monsters throughout. Each one has a touch and feel element and as we move through the book we are told 'That's not my monster' followed by a reason correlating to the textured area on the illustration, for instance 'Its eyebrows are too hairy'. As well as hairy eyebrows, we find monsters with a bobbly nose, fuzzy spikes, bumpy paws and horns that are too rough. After all of that searching we finally find a rather appealing monster with fluffy ears, which apparently is our monster! The illustrations are bright and colourful, capturing the eye of any young reader. The touch and feel elements promote sensory awareness in young babies and toddlers alike. They also hold the attention of young minds and make these books all the more interactive. Hidden somewhere on each page, just as with all of this series of books, is a small white mouse. This quirky little character gives us another exercise while reading the book. I always ask my son when reading these books "Where is the mouse?" and since he received his very first That's Not My book on his first birthday, he has been able to confidently find and point out the little white mouse. That's Not My Monster has a retail price of £5.99, which if I remember correctly is the price that I purchases this book at when I bought it for my son. It is however currently available on Amazon at the temporarily reduced price of just £3.49. I managed to get hold of a copy at this price as a stocking filler for my nephew. I adore this range of books and at just £3.49 this one really is a bargain too! ISBN: 978074606261-6
I came acroos this book last weekend when I had my grandchildren come to stay for a few days. It is published by Usbourne, a company well known for chilldren's books and is a touchy-feely book. It is wriiten by Fiona Watts and illustrated quite superbly by Rachel Wells. It is a hardbacked, board book which makes it easy to wipe clean and youngsters easy to hold. The cover is bright purple and features a large green, smiling monster whith a soft green, bobbly, padded nose. Underneath the picture are the words "his nose is too bobbly". Turning the pages there is then a pink monster with hairy eyebrows, a dinosaur with fuzzy spikes made from felt, a red monster whose large paws have a bumpy metallic feel, a sea creature with yellow rough horns made from something like velcro that feels quite scratchy and then finally a robot which has fluffy soft ears. The book uses bright colours throughout. The format of this book is very simple, as is the writing, but the use of different textures on the individual pictures gives the children something to touch. My grandchildren loved the book and wanted to read it again and again. They sat quietly looking at the pictures while I read the text. The book gave us the opportunity for inter-action. They each took it in turns to feel the different fabrics, point to different parts of the body and describe the colours used. It introduced them to different textures and new vocabulary. I think it is an ideal early learning years book and I highly recommend it. ISBN No. 0746062613 RRP £5.99 However, it is worth looking on the Amazon and E-bay sites as I am sure it would be much cheaper.
I purchased this item for my children from Asda last week whilst stocking up on their book collection. My local Asda now has a great range of childrens books available in store, so I told them we would walk down and treat them to a few. My daughter had previously had another book from this range called 'That's not my bear' which still remains a firm favourite since I purchased it over a year ago. There are now numerous books in this range by Usborne which are bright, colourful and feature a range of different textures for children to see and touch. I have this book in a hardback version, I am unsure if they are available in a paperback version, but I muc prefer hardback anyway as this prevents my little boy from tearing or damaging the pages. It also makes it a lot easier to clean if anything should get spilt on it. The cover of the book is bright purple and features a large green smiling monster on the front which has a soft green bobbly nose. It is the same kind of texture that you find on infant shoes and trainers. The first inside page features a funny looking pink monster which has hairy eyebrows for your child to touch. Next up is a dinosaur type monster with fuzzy spikes. This feels a bit like the material used for a fuzzy felt board. The next monster is a funny red monster pulling a funny face. This one features paws with a large shiny bumpy metallic feel. On the following page is a monster which I think is supposed to resemble the loch ness monster, this one has rough horns which are made from yellow velcro and feel quite scratchy. Last up is a very funny robotic looking monster, which has really fluffy soft ears. This is my childrens favourite and they always laugh when I turn onto this page. They love the feel of the soft fur on the ears and they touch this for some time whilst laughing at the funny face that the monster is pulling. The recommended retail price for this book is £5.99 however Asda has them on offer for £3 per book at present. I am unsure if this is part of an ongoing promotion or just a short term offer. I would highly recommend these books, they are great to read and encourage interaction from your children.
I had bought my youngest child a selection of these board books for Christmas, he is now 18 months old and four months after Christmas these books are still a firm favourite, so they were a very good investment. I purchased 3 books in the series, the cover price is £5.99, a bit too expensive but they were on 3 for 2 so I bought 3. I originally bought "That's not my teddy", "That's not my monkey" and "That's not my monster", we have since bought a few more in the series including "That's not my bunny" and "That's not my kitten". I am reviewing the "That's not my monster" but will make mention of some of the other books. The book is a board book, basically made from hard wearing thick cardboard so able to withstand quite a bit of abuse from small children. The books can also be wiped clean, which is very useful when little sticky fingers have been holding them. The book is one in the series written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells for Usborne books, more information on Usborne books can be found at www.usborne.com "That's not my monster..." is a touchy-feely book meaning that for small children and babies who do not read they can enjoy the textures in the book. This book has a purple cover with the picture of a smiling green monster on the front, the monster is holding out its arms and its nose is made from a green material with little plastic bumps, so the touchy-feely discovery starts from the very cover of the book. The books are aimed at babies and children up to about 3, although my 5 year old did take a strong interest in them. This book is 10 pages long, the story is very basic, it is the search for the right monster, a little white mouse appears on each set of 2 pages as if telling the story. There are very few words in the story, the repetition of the words "that's not my monster" and the description of some part of a monster with a touchy-feely bit. The first monster has furry eyebrows and these are too hairy, the next monster has fuzzy spikes, then there is a monster with bumpy paws, and then a monster with rough horns, finally ending with the right monster with fluffy ears. The story is short but sweet and the illustrations are lovely, bold, bright and eye catching. My son who is a young child has no real comprehension of the story but I rub his fingers over the textured parts and he then does this himself when looking at the pictures. My son enjoys these books very much and can often be found sitting on the floor with book in hand looking at the pictures. He is still young and has few words but he reads the story to himself and can be heard sing-songing through the book with the intonation in his voice matching my own sound when I have been reading to him. He also takes much pleasure in looking for the little mouse and making a little squeak sound when he spots him. He will point to the mouse and squeak. In some of the other books a little bee appears and when he spots the bee he makes a little buzz. He just absorbs the story and sees different things in the books as he gets older. The other books in the series have the same theme and style, I like the monster one best and my son does seem to have caught on to the feeling for the textures. I suppose the best part of the stories is spending some quiet time with your child and just enjoying something simple for 5 or 10 minutes. I would recommend these stories to share with small children, the series is quite extensive but can usually be found on offer. There would be something to suit all tastes from teddies, to puppies to monsters, dinosaurs and even pirates.
That's not my monster is a children's book that is published by Usborne. It is written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel wells. That's not my... is a collection of books and each one features something different. The book measure 17cm by 17cm and is a hard board book making it virtually impossible to be ripped, torn or destroyed by little fingers!! I purchased four of the that's not my... books from Play.com for my son at Christmas, they had a special deal on at the time and I purchased all four for £12. The price on the back of each book is £5.99, so I think if bought separately this is what you would pay for them. That's not my book collections are all touchy feely books which are aimed at very young children and help them to develop their sense of touch and language awareness. Each page has a different texture for the child to feel. On the front cover of that's not my monster it has a big green monster and it says 'That's not my monster, its nose is too bobbly' and on the monsters nose there is green bobbly material for your little one to feel. As you turn the pages it always has the same sentence to start with - 'That's not my monster' but always ends differently as in 'Its eyebrows are too hairy' and whatever the sentence describes the relevant part will be made up of material for your child to feel that describes the sentence. There are five pages to this book that all give different textures to feel. The very last page says 'That's my monster, its ears are so fluffy' and the monsters ears are made of really fluffy material. My son adores these books, the pages are thick enough so that he can turn them over and he really loves to feel all the different textures and to discover the different noises that the textures make when he scratches them with his nails!!
After 'That's not my fairy...' being such a hit with my daughter, I decided to but her another in this touchy-feely range, 'That's not my monster...' in the hope that it would give her as many hours of fun as the first. And we were not disappointed! My daughter really loves this little book too. Like the others in this series, there isn't much of a story to the book. It simply reads on each page 'That's not my monster....' and then a reason why (for example 'its eyebrows are too hairy'. The thing I like is that all the monsters are kind of cuddly and funny looking so it makes it fun for your toddler to look at. As with the 'That's not my fairy book...' and the rest of the series of course, a different texture is incorporated into every reason for that particular monster not being correct. From bobbly noses to bumpy paws. It's just a fun, and subtly educational book. It is beautifully illustrated, with big bold colourful pictures of course a different texture to explore on each page. There are six monsters in total, including the final page where we do actually find the right monster and to my daughter's delight it's the monster with the fluffy ears! As with the whole series, the book is a little on the short side and it isn't long before you have finished it. But I suppose it's good to have some very short books in your collection for those 'okay, just one more book before bed scenarios. The cardboard pages make it very durable.
That's Not My Monster is one of the books in Usborne's Touchy-Feely range, aimed at 1-3 year olds and designed to aid sight and touch and word association amongst this age group. The books are written by Fiona Watt and are a great way to get kids used to some words, and even for older kids to start reading. The idea, or story, of the book, is to look for your monster. The front cover has a purple background and a picture of a green monster. The text reads 'That's not my monster....its nose is too bobbly', and the hunt begins. The ensuing pages all features monsters of differing shape and colour, such as a big red monster whose paws are too bumpy and a sea monster whose horns are too rough. Finally, on the last page, we find the right monster! The book is very good for 1-3 year olds, as they can associate the word with how the page feels. Each page's description has a different textured surface, so the bumpy paws do actually feel bumpy, and the rough horns feel rough. The child can hear the word and feel it, too. This range of books is very good for kids, I would recommend getting at least one of them. We have a wide range, with this one being one of our son's favourites. It seems monsters are more exciting than puppies and cars! That's Not My Monster retails at £4.99 and is available from most bookshops.
These series of books are absolutely fab! This particular book 'That's Not my Monster' published by Usborne books, is about finding the monster that belongs to 'me'! The story starts on the front cover, and continues with the repetitive phrase 'That's not my monster, its ........' This phrase is followed by a part of the body and an adjective (descriptive word) e.g. "its nose is too bobbly." On the last page the phrase changes to 'That's my monster its ears are so fluffy." With each page is a brightly pictured monster with the appropriate feature that the phrase is describing. The feature is the touchy feely part of the book, something Usborne books often feature. The touchy feely nature of these books ensures that it appeals to the very young child, it encourages early motor skills, reaching and touching and encourages the development of early languageand literacy skills through its repetitive phrase and its simple yet descriptive language. On each page you can also find the mouse a fun and simple activity to do. Overall this book is fun and educational.
The history ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That's not my monster was made by: Usborne publishing: Founded by Peter Usborne in 1973, it has become one of the largest publishers of children's books in the world, now translated into over 90 languages. Usborne do a range of book from the touchy feely books (where this particular book belongs) but also others such as: Look & Say, First Picture Books and many more. Usborne has won awards such as: The Direct Sales Association Award for Innovation in 2004. Touchy-Feely That's Not My -series - voted Best Buy in the Toddler Book category of the Prima Baby Reader Awards 2006 Touchy-Feely That's Not My Penguin nominated for Children's Book of the Year 2008 at the British Book Awards. The touchy feey series ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So then the book im writing about belongs to the Touchy-feely books created by Fiona Watt, she has also written the Hide-and-Seek Touchy-feely series, the Noisy Touchy-Feely series, the Sparkly Touchy-Feely series and the That's Not My series. She has written the whole That's not my series which has been illustrated by Rachel Wells. The series also include: That's Not My Puppy That's Not My Kitten That's Not My Truck That's Not My Dinosaur That's Not My Bear That's Not My Tractor That's Not My Bunny That's Not My Mermaid That's Not My Teddy That's Not My Train That's Not My Dolly That's Not My Lion That's Not My Dragon That's Not My Robot That's Not My Fairy That's Not My Car That's Not My Reindeer That's Not My Snowman These particular books are Aimed at young children, they are designed to develop sensory and language awareness with their bright pictures and patches of different textures. Over 7.5 million of these books have been sold worldwide. What the book looks like : ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book is very bright, the outside being purple with a friendly looking green monster on the front the book is made of hard wearing cardboard so it wont tear grip easy. It has nice big writing white on the front cover saying that's not my monster and black writing through out the rest of the book. Every page has bright colours so always gets the child attention. General information about the book: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the book only has ten ages in it but is well worth the £4.99 it is retailed at. You can but this book from many places I tend to get mine from Amazon where you can get them new for about £4.00 and used from about £2.00 here is a link to the site : http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/203-61506 46- 3950343?url=search-alias%3Daps&field- ke ywords=thats+not+my+monster (i have had to put three spaces in the link as it wont allow this many characters to a word but take the spaces out if you want to view the link) you can also get this book from many places EBay for example or Tesco's im sure many more places sell them too. This book was published on the 27th of august 2004. The recommended age for these books is supposed to be 4-8 years old. Each page of the book has a different texture for example: That's not my monster hes eye brows are to fluffy, and he has big fluffy pink eye brows to feel which the kids love. The texture really helps to stimulate the mind and learn new things. Why my daughters like this book: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ for starters this book isn't very long so they didn't get bored I kept it entertaining by not only reading the words but making a big monster rawww sound after each page which they would giggle for ages to. That's the good thing about these books you can usually add some sound of your own in for example that's not my train then a choo choo sound keeps them laughing for ages and helps them associate words and sounds together. I got this book from a car boot for only 50p so for me a real bargain. My daughter was only 6 months at the time but soon loved this book due to the noises I would make with it she's now three and a half years old and still loves the book as she's now learning to read it, the book is very repetitive so she's starting to remember what the words look like, which is brilliant. Being only short she doesn't get tired neither and it gives her a real boost to be able to read some of the words to me. Why i liked the book: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ well my second daughter who's now two has never really grown out of eating everything as this book is made of board and is very hard wearing she can still put this book in her mouth without ruining it, its not by all means water proof but is strong enough to with stand baby dribble which saves me an argument of taking the book of her. I liked it because it made my kids laugh and got them into books very young some books go on and on and the kids just get fed up this done the opposite they loved to touch the different textures through out the book and couldn't wait for the next page. It helps them learn body parts as well which is good like eye brows when the book refers to them and nose. We used to read the page in the book then find the parts if we had them on our selves being a monster of cause we don't have paws but we would find our hands in stead. It is easy to clean being hard back I could just give it a wipe down if they got anything on it. I lied that it was so bright and colourful it kept them happy no child wants to look at a grey book all the way through do they. The pages being very thick are easy to turn for very young children too no fiddling about. Conclusion: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I thought it was worth the money I paid, defiantly being only 50p but I have since brought more of there series at the full price and its still worth it. The book has lasted me so far 3 years and is still in brand new condition, it can be read to kids as young as you like write up un till they can read it to you. If you haven't tried this book with your children I recommend you do they'll love it.
That's Not My......Monster by Fiona Watts - illustrations by Rachel Wells Jack is only nine months old but he has enough books already to fill a small bedroom on their own. We were recently given another pile of books from a colleague of mine from work. They were all fantastic board books in great condition. This book was in the pile she gave me and I can honestly say Jack loves it. >> History >> Usborne, who are the company that publishes this book, is a company that was founded by Peter Usborne in 1973 and they specialise in books that are bright, entertaining and friendly. They do a lot of books for babies and toddlers and these are all very successful. >> Price and Look >> The RRP of this book is £4.99 pence but they can be bought in new condition from Amazon for a little less at £4.49 pence. There are tons available from places such as eBay where you can always find a bargain. The look of the book itself is pretty much perfect and even though this particular book I have is a second hand copy it is still in immaculate condition. Because the book is a board book I find these types of books to be very heard wearing and can usually withstand a lot of abuse. The cover of the book is bright and appealing with a purple background and in the forefront a picture of a green monster. The monsters nose is made from a bobble kind of material and this allows the reader to feel the nose and experience the different sensation with the different texture. The book looks great and makes you just want to read it. >> The Book Itself >> On reading this book to Jack I find it very easy as there are very few words to actually read out to him. The story is very simple but great for small children as it is easy to follow and very easy to keep their attention. The story is basically of a small mouse who is trying to find his monster. Through out the book there are all sorts of different monsters but none of them is quite right. On the front cover is where the story begins.... "That's not my monster...his nose is too bobbly". It them continues with different things about each monster not being right, from a monster with horns that are too rough to one where the spikes are too fuzzy. Each different aspect of the monster that is not quite right is made out of a different type of material. This material is easy to touch and feel and really gets Jack's interest. The final pages of the book show a huge monster with fabulous fluffy ears and at last the mouse says "Now that is my monster...his ears are all fluffy!". The last page I have to say is both mine and Jack's favourite as the ears are large and fluffy and the monster is so bright and colourful. Jack just doesn't want to put this book down. Every page is bright and colourful and with a different texture on each page it gives a little something extra to intrigue a young child such as Jack. As I have said before the story is basic but that is how it needs to be. Jack is just amazed by all the different textures he is able to feel. >> Conclusion >> This book is one from a series of books all along the same lines such as, That's not my Tractor, or That's not my Train. All of these books have the same touchy feely aspect to them and I personally think they are great. Jacks loves the fact that he is more involved with the book than say if I were just reading out loud to him and he was looking at all the pictures. The idea itself I think is brilliant and I would certainly recommend them to all parents of young children. I think they books are aimed at very young children and someone of maybe 18 months to two years would not be so interested in them as Jack was at his 9 months of age. The books are so much fun to read with Jack and they are illustrated brilliantly. The colours and the textures I feel are enough to hold Jack's attention for a long time. I do think he is going to be a little book worm just like his mum!!! >> The other books in the series are >> That's Not My Puppy That's Not My Kitten That's Not My Truck That's Not My Dinosaur That's Not My Bear That's Not My Tractor That's Not My Bunny That's Not My Mermaid That's Not My Teddy That's Not My Train That's Not My Dolly That's Not My Lion That's Not My Dragon That's Not My Robot That's Not My Fairy That's Not My Car That's Not My Reindeer That's Not My Snowman ISBN No. 0746062613 I hope this has been of some help to you. Thanks for taking the time to read xxxxx
How many times has your young child lost a favourite toy and you've spent ages looking for it? ***The Background*** Usborne are well known for their fantastic range of children's books. From the youngest of toddlers to the more advanced reader they have something for everyone. This book is written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells and is one in a large series of books that are simple to read and lovely to look at. Each one features a different type of toy and throughout the book there are lots of touchy feely bits that show differentials between each one that is on show. ***The Story*** The story on this book starts on the front cover, "That's Not My Monster..." Shown below is a green monster with a padded fabric nose. Below the picture are the words, "its nose is too bobbly." Though the book there are lots of different coloured monsters but each one has a feature that means it is not quite the right one. A stripy monster's spikes are too fuzzy and a green spotty monster has horns, which are just too rough. On the last set of pages we find a silly looking blue and green monster with bendy arms and we know this is the right one because... "Its ears are so fluffy." ***The Illustrations*** The illustrations are set on brightly coloured background and the areas used to differentiate the monsters are made up of a variety of textures. These vary from fluffy bits to shiny scaly bits. ***My Thoughts*** Although my son is five now, he still enjoys this series of board books and I think it's mainly because of the textured areas throughout the book. The colours are very eye-catching and the simple format on each of the pages means that he can follow the story well by himself. He's also just starting to be able to read by himself since starting school in the summer and this book has simple dialogue so he is able to do this for himself with only a little bit of help. The fact that it is easy to memorize helps too and he recognises words like monster now without having to sound them all out. Most of all though, this book is quite simply, good fun for young children. The funny illustrations and bright colours are very eye catching and all kids seem to love these touchy feely bits. As board books go, I have to say that I'm very impressed with this series. The pages are very thick and easy to wipe clean although I'm sure the fabric sections will get a little bit worn over time. The reason I like them is that they show children that it's not the end of the world if they can't find their favourite toy first time round and that with a bit of perseverance it will turn up in the end. I've lost track of the times when my son has mislaid a certain toy and we've spent hours hunting for it. The delight on his face when we've found it makes it all worthwhile. If you have a young child and you're considering getting some board books then I would urge to seriously think about one from this series. There are a number of titles that are appropriate for girls and boys. ***Other Books In The Series*** That's Not My Puppy That's Not My Kitten That's Not My Truck That's Not My Dinosaur That's Not My Bear That's Not My Tractor That's Not My Bunny That's Not My Mermaid That's Not My Teddy That's Not My Train That's Not My Dolly That's Not My Lion That's Not My Dragon That's Not My Robot That's Not My Fairy That's Not My Car That's Not My Reindeer That's Not My Snowman ***Other Information*** This book retails at £4.99 but you can get it slightly cheaper from Amazon for only £4.49. ISBN No. 0746062613