“ Author: Julia Donaldson / Format: Paperback / Genre: Interactive & Activity Books & General / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Interactive & Activity Books & Packs /Title: The Gruffalo's Child Activity Book / ISBN 13: 9780230707597 / ISBN 10: 0230707597 / 16 Pages / Book is published 2009-09-04 by Macmillan Children's Books / Alternative title: The Gruffalo's Child Activity Book: Packed with games, puzzles and colouring-in / Alternative ISBN 10: 0230707599 „
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At the end of May this year I took my eldest daughter to see a performance of the Gruffalo's Child on stage based on the book by Julia Donaldson. In the foyer there was the usual stall of overpriced merchandise and Sophie wanted a look, we took a look and as expected the prices were ridiculous like a medium soft toy of the Gruffalo for £25 but then we saw this book and at £4 it seemed much more reasonable so I allowed her to have it as a memento of the show. You can currently buy this book from Amazon for £2.99 with free delivery making it better value than what I paid for it.
The book is A4 in size and has a lovely glossy front cover, the book is set out very like the actual story book of the Gruffalo's child which is quite nice in my opinion. The front cover pictures the Gruffalo with the Gruffalo's child sat on his knee holding his stick man and then little pictures of what he comes across on his journey such as the mouse, the snake and the fox. There is a circle on the front which tells you that there are 40 reusable stickers included which Sophie was happy with as she loves playing with stickers.
Inside the book you have a number of puzzles in the front half such as spot the difference, copying a picture of the Gruffalo, finding the pair, a maze and an area to draw the mouse from the description given. The middle consists of a blank scene with just the dark forest in the snow where your child can use some of the stickers to create a scene and then in the very centre of the book are the stickers. The second half of the book has a scene to spot 10 creatures in, a dot to dot, a Gruffalo jigsaw where your child uses stickers to complete it, matching the animals to their shadows, matching the trails to stickers of the correct animals and a crossword. The final page of the book gives your child all the answers to all the puzzles they have completed throughout and I think it's really nice that there is a full page for this as it means it is all spread out and makes it easy for your child to check their work.
The stickers in the centre of the book are sectioned into what areas they are needed from which I think is a great idea as with some of them being for free use you wouldn't want your child using the wrong ones and not being able to complete the book, the stickers are split into stickers for the scene, stickers for the jigsaw and stickers for going home. The stickers are great and cover all the characters in the story but also extras such as the moon, tree stumps, rocks and trees so that your child can create a thorough scene. The edges of the stickers are really good and none of them tear when removing them, they stick on the scene well and are removable but only one or twice otherwise they loose their stick and are then useless as we found.
The book is decent in our opinion, Sophie enjoyed doing the puzzles and she could manage every one of them herself except for spellings on the crossword. The book is great quality, the pages are thick and the pictures are beautifully done with lots of details and added little things such as stray leaves. I like the way the book follows the general structure of the story within the puzzles and Sophie really enjoyed completing it although I would say it was possibly a little easy as she completed the majority of the book in about an hour. I would give this 4 stars, it is a decent price for a character activity book, it's great quality and a thoroughly nice book, I wouldn't recommend it for children any older than my eldest which is aged 6.