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Unless you have been living in a shell for the last few years you'll know that 'In The Night Garden' is one of the countrys biggest childrens (mainly pre-schoolers) programmes right now. The shows main characters consist of Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka and The Tombliboos.
The Tombliboos are 3 funny looking characters called Unn, Ooo and Eee. They wear stripey tops, spotty trousers and look very similar except they all wear different colours.
My daughter owns a book called 'The happy waving game!' which is a book all about The Tombliboos.
Most people don't realise but the book is actually part of a 4 book set. The other 3 books are about the other 'In The Night Garden' characters and are called 'All aboard the Ninky Nonk!', 'Time to wash faces!' and 'Ooh pretty flowers!'. The Tombliboos book is the fourth in the set and the reason I know this is because there is a number four on the edge of the book.
The book is a good size (not too big, not too small) and is about half an inch thick. It is a hardback which means it's very durable - our copy is over a year old and looks brand new. It is also easily wiped clean. The cover is very bright, glossy and eyecatching. There is a picture of The Tombliboos in the Night Garden with their house in the background, which covers the whole front cover.
The book has 16 pages and starts on the very first page. The pages are quite thick and are easy for little fingers to turn, aswell as being quite durable.
Each page has a different colour (yellow, purple, green, blue and orange) which is not only very nice to look at but can aid children in learning their colours. On one page is writing (with silhoettes of characters in the background) and on the other page are big, glossy scenes and characters from 'In The Night Garden'. The pictures are exactly as they appear on tv and are great to look at.
Fans of 'In The Night Garden' will love seeing their favourite characters and hearing certain quotes from the programme.
The book has a short, sweet and simple story to it - The Tombliboos are in the Night Garden and decide to jump aboard the Pinky Ponk to play The Happy Waving Game. The Pinky Ponk passes Igglepiggle - The Tombliboos wave to Igglepiggle and Igglepiggle waves to The Tombliboos. The Pinky Ponk then passes Upsy Daisy - The Tombliboos wave to Upsy Daisy and Upsy Daisy waves to The Tombliboos. The Tombiboos then hear a noise - "Haaaaahooooo" - it's The HaaHoos. The Pinky Ponk passes the HaaHoos and The Tombliboos wave to them. The Happy Waving Game makes everybody in the Night Garden feel very happy.
Overall I think this is a lovely little book with a cute story. The pictures and colours are great, aswell as the length of the book - long enough to have a story but short enough to hold a young childs attention until the end.
It can also work out handy for grandparents that have no idea about 'In The Night Garden' too! Is there anything worse than an uneducated 'In The Night Garden' grandparent? I think not.
The only downsides to this book is that it wont really appeal to children who don't watch 'In The Night Garden' because the characters and references will seem abit confusing. It goes without saying that this book probably won't appeal to older children either. I have also noticed (whilst writing this review) that Makka Pakka doesn't feature in this book which might be a little disappointing to Makka Pakka fans.
The RRP of this book is £3.99 but you might be able to get it cheaper if you shop around or buy the book with the rest of the set.