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      26.10.2013 16:34
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      A nice book which can be enjoyed even by young babies

      I got this book given to me by a health visitor, they give out a few books as a scheme to get more parents reading to their child. My child was still a baby when we got this, he's now 2 and a half. Its one of the books we might read at bedtime although its very short so we'll read more than just this one.

      Its a sturdy cardboard book with only 4 double pages (8). The sentences are short and rhyme with the following page- "squelch squelch in the mud, splish splash scrub a dub". The fact that its so short means you can keep babies attention on this book even when they are quite young. Now that my son is 2 and a half he still enjoys it however I don't read it to him, he reads it to me, as its so short it was easy for him to memorise. He does have a fairly good memory- we havent read it for at least a week but i turned to him now and said "squelch squelch" and he immediatly replied "in the mud!". You can add actions onto the words (e.g. pretending to squelch in the mud or pretending to splash in the bath) and the book ends with "tickle tickle under there" so you can of course add a tickle much to the squeal of delight for your little one!
      I think Tyler really enjoys that he can "read" this book himself to me and it may be good as he's older for when he's learning to read.

      If you have not been given this book via the bookscheme (they were giving out a few years so I'm not aware if this particular book is still offered) you can buy it new for £3.22 and used for 1p (£2.80 delivery). Its a nice price for such an enjoyable book and again another book which grows with your baby (we've had almost 2 years of enjoyment from it after all).

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      23.07.2012 14:13
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      An adorable little story with cute illustrations

      My copy of 'Tickle, Tickle' by Helen Oxenbury is a large board book (approx 20cmx20cm) suitable for babies and toddlers. I got this book in a Bookstart bag (given out by health visitors/your local library) when my son was a baby (he's 5 now). Both he and his younger sister have enjoyed this lovely little board book with it's simple but adorable illustrations of babies having a playful day.

      It has simple, short rhyming sentences that naturally sound bouncy (e.g. 'Squelch, squelch in the mud' 'splish-splash scrub-a-dub'). The text lends itself very well to performing actions along with the words which my two both love to do, and the ticklish ending is delightful, especially at bedtime! My little girl loves this book so much that she says 'again, again' to the point that i need to distract her with another story/activity (or even... sleep!).

      This book's charm lies in it's simplicity - it's not overly complex visually, and my 1 year old can follow the story and know's what is happening next. She can also relate the events in the book to her day-to-day activites. As such, i think that books like this one lay the foundations for a child to appreciate the reading of a book and to become fully involved in the story. I think that this element can be lacking in some 'showier' baby books - that may focus on many shiny bells and whistles (such as you may find in a lift-the-flap or touchy-feely type book).

      'Tickle, Tickle' lasts well - both of my children liked having it read to them from a very young age (6 months old), and my eldest probably grew out of enjoying it by approx. 3 years old. This book is a great addition to my children's library and i'd highly recommend it.

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        04.04.2012 22:25
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        Brilliant book!

        My son received Tickle, Tickle along with a couple of other books from the Health Visitor at his 9 month check. The books are given as part of the Bookstart scheme in order to encourage parents to read to their young children. I had already been reading to my son from birth but Tickle, Tickle was a welcome addition to his always expanding collection of books. If you receive this book via Bookstart it is free but it can also be purchased from Amazon for £3.69, with free super saver delivery.

        Tickle, Tickle is written by a Helen Oxenbury, and with just eight pages it is a very short and simple book, telling the story of the babies activities throughout the day, from playing in the mud, to getting clean in the bath, brushing their hair after the bath and lastly, being tickled! It's ideal for babies short attention spans in the early months and something that most toddlers would be able to relate to! The story is comprised of just four short sentences and the big, bold illustrations take up most of the space within the pages. The text flows well and is lovely to read, with it's repetion and alliteration helping to keep the attention of the little ones being read to.

        As my son has gotten older (now 21 months) he still enjoys this book, we read through it, (with tickles included when we get to the last page of course!) and we then go through the book again, taking about what is happening on each page and counting the babies as we go.

        A nice simple book to enjoy with your child!

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          22.01.2012 10:02
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          Not bad for a free book

          When my daughter had her nine month check with the Health Visitor we were given a Bookstart bag and inside we found this book, as it was from Bookstart the book is completely free.

          The book is approx 8 inches square and is made of board to make it easier for little hands, the book I would guess is aimed at babies from about 9 months old as that is when they receive the book from Bookstart. The front of the book has the title "Tickle, Tickle" written in fun bright red writing which is good for catching a babies attention, there is a picture on the front of 2 babies one tickling and one being tickled and then you can see a hand reaching in to tickle the baby also. I would have expected the picture to be in brighter colours but it is mainly dark blue, red and yellow although the colours are in large blocks.

          The book is very short and only has 4 double pages and is about different feelings, there are very few words on each page and near enough the whole page is taken up with the picture. the first page shows three babies squelching in the mud, this is followed by the same three babies in the bath and the wording states "splish, splash scrub-a-dub so it is words you may say to your own baby in the bath. The third page shows 4 babies having their hair brushed and then the final page shows three babies one of which being tickled. The book is written in rhyme which I think sounds nice to little ones as you can make the rhymes into more of a song.

          The pictures are all bold but still not very bright which I would have expected with a baby book, the pictures have a little detailing such as patterns on tops and blankets. I like the fact that the babies are all from different cultures as this shows babies from an early age that different cultures are perfectly normal. My youngest doesn't seem that interested in the book although she doesn't wseem to be taking an interest in any books just yet and neither did my elder daughter for quite some time. My eldest daughter is beginning to learn to read and we use this book for her to read to her sister with my help of course and they seem to enjoy this.

          I think this is a lovely book which it's bold pictures and bouncy text and both my daughters get different things from the book, I am sure in time we will manage to get our baby to enjoy books more and we will keep reading this one to her as it is so short that it will help her start to have an attention span without being too much too quick.

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          05.12.2011 19:19
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          An ok book.

          Bookstart is a nation wide scheme that introduces children to books from a young age. I received this book in a free pack from my health visitor when my daughter was around 6 months old.

          Tickle, tickle is written by Helen Oxenbury. It is a board book which I think is essential for babies that like to rip and chew everything in sight. My daughter has had this book for around 18 months and it isn't showing lots of signs of wear like a normal paper back book would.

          The contains 8 pages, these are made into 4 double page spreads. Each spread has pictures of multiple children doing every day tasks, these children are of different ethnic backgrounds which I think is fantastic to show babies from a young age. The writing style is very basic and each spread has once sentence about what the children are doing, for example:

          'Gently, gently brush your hair' and a picture of four children and a mum doing exactly that.

          The pictures are big easy to identify. The only thing I have found is that they aren't very bright so young children don't find them as engaging as a book with bright bold colours.

          This book is very basic and in my opinion only really suited to young babies, my daughter quickly grew out of this book, we still have it in our book collection but it doesn't get looked at anymore. Kacie does however, use this book to show to her dollies so it is still getting used, just not in the context that it was originally used for.

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          11.10.2011 15:19
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          Lovely free book

          Tickle Tickle was given to me in my Book Start pack and is a very nice book. It's aimed at babies and toddlers. I started reading to my baby at 6 weeks old...A little early I know but I enjoy reading. Also I have 16 nephews and nieces who often pop round and read through his books.

          The book is a large approximately 20cm x 20cm and is made of thick card which allows for easy page turning for little hands. The cover is attractive but simple with a blue background and the title in bold yellow writing. The illustration is of two children tickling each other (which are very apt!!)

          The book consists of 8 pages and gives a simple run down of a day in the life of a baby.
          The story is short and sweet over the 8 pages -

          Page 1-2
          Story - "Squelch, squelch, in the mud"
          Illustration - Three babies are crawling through the mud.

          Page 3-4
          Story - "Splish, splash, scrub-a-dub"
          Illustration - Babies in the bath.

          Page 5-6
          Story - "Gently, gently, brush your hair"
          Babies having their hair brushed.

          Page 7-8
          Story - "Tickle, tickle, under there"
          Illustration - A baby being tickled.

          All the illustrations in this book are bold and simple with not much going on in the back ground. Also the diversity in this book is very modern with both boys and girls and different race children.
          Maybe this book could have benefitted with some touch aspects or big flaps they could turn but I suppose there are other books on the market which fulfil that. I feel this book will encourage my child with daily tasks like bathing and playing.

          My little boy is 3 months old probably doesn't understand this book but likes the tickle at the end and most of the time gives a beaming smile.
          My 4 year old nephew loves reading this book also to anyone who will listen and loves the page when there all in the mud and says...I'd love to do that.

          I would recommend if you don't get this book from your Health Visitor grab a copy only £3.39 off Amazon or pop down your library. It's a great book and with being short and rhythmic you don't mind reading it over and over and over again.

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            15.10.2010 14:45
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            Tickle Tickle

            All babies like to be tickled so why not read them a book which includes a tickle at the end. The aptly named Tickle Tickle is written by the award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury. This book won the Booktrust Early Years Award in 1999. I received this book free the other week as part of the bookstart pack from the Bookstart scheme which is a charity and national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from as early an age as possible. They offer the gift of free books to all children at three key ages before they start school, to inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life. They also aim to show that books are fun.

            This book was given to my daughter at around 9 months of age. To me, this is a lovely book but I have to say that I think she is now a bit too old for it. It is a very basic book and story and maybe we are a little advanced in our house as we have been reading books to her since day 1 but I think we have moved on a bit from this basic book. That's not to say it isn't a very well done book, it's just very quick and simple to read and I like a bit more substance in my books for her now. However, she does enjoy it when I show her the book and likes to look at the pictures and giggles away when she sees the babies which I think is cute.

            The book is just a simple little rhyme which I think is cute to incorporate into your tickle routine with your baby. The rhyme goes like such:

            Squelch, squelch, in the mud,
            Splish, splash, scrub-a-dub,
            Gently, gently, brush your hair,
            Tickle, tickle, under there.

            Each page is very nicely illustrated and features babies involved in the activities mentioned in the rhyme such as hair brushing, in the bath etc. The wording is printed and nice and large in big black letters so I think would be useful when showing kids as words they could learn to read quite quickly if you always read this book to them. The book also attempts to be what I would call politically correct by having a white baby, a black baby and a somewhat chinese looking baby. I think this is good as it shows kids babies of all different ethnicities and that we are all the same in the activities that we pursue.

            The book was first published in 1987 and has an ISBN of 978-1-4063-2879-0.

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              20.08.2009 22:13
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              Another good freebie from Book Start.

              'Tickle, Tickle' is a book I'm sure many of you will be aware of. We were given the book as a freebie in our daughters Book Start pack at her 9 month check up with the health visitor, along with a book called 'This Little Baby'.

              For those who aren't familiar with Book Start - it is a scheme which aims to get children into books and reading at a young age. And a great idea it is too as books encourage many valuble learning skills. To top it off, the whole thing is free so nobody has an excuse!

              There are 3 other books in the series which are called 'All Fall Down', 'Say Goodnight' and 'Clap Hands'.

              The book was first published in 1987 which means the illustrations are nice but quite dated. This isn't really a problem for us and I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem for most people, but it may be for some.

              'Tickle, Tickle' is a board book which means it's quite thick and should be quite durable, however it is made of a very 'chewable' material and might not last very long if a baby gets it in their mouth! The book itself is quite large which means it has big pictures, big words and the pages are easy for little fingers to turn.

              The book isn't very long and only consists of 8 pages. It is written by Helen Oxenbury. The front cover is blue and has a picture of a baby tickling another baby.

              Each page has a picture spread across it of babies in different scenarios with words above it. The first page starts with 3 babies splashing around in the mud (when we read this page my daughter says "urrgghh messy" every time!), on the next page the 3 babies are in the bath (my daughter like to point out what activities each baby is doing - eg. "sponge, soap, boat, washing"), on the next page there are 4 babies brushing their hair and on the last page are 2 babies tickling another baby as he lays down and smiles.

              Something which I really like about the book is that the babies are all different colours and sexes. There is also an adult on each page which can help young children learn the difference between mummy and daddy. The words also rhyme which sounds fun. It might even encourage some kids to brush their hair and wash their hair without a fuss?

              My daughter really enjoyed this book when she was very young and now she is 2 years old she still enjoys reading it with me. I would recommend 'Tickle, Tickle' for children between 1 and 3.

              'Tickle, Tickle' is a nice book but isn't a 'must have' so I would personally see if a friend has an old copy, borrow it from the library or find it at a cheap price rather than buy it for full price. I must say that as a freebie it is very good!

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                25.01.2009 21:56
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                A fantastic first book

                Tickle Tickle is an 8 page board book by the writer and illustrator Helen Oxenbury.

                It is currently distributed as part of the Book Start scheme, where children are given books at the age of 6 months by their health visitor. I have seen others in the series sold in supermarkets, and I note from the Walker Books website that they are planning to publish a new version of Tickle Tickle for £3.99.

                Reading to babies is not only a way of familiarising them with books and words, but has been shown to comfort babies as their mother's voices become less stressed when they are reading simple books. Mother's voices? Stressed? What can they mean!

                Tickle Tickle is my 13 month old's favourite book - and she is a very well read baby! Each page features large pictures of the faces and bodies of smiley babies, at different stages of their day.

                This is the way we read it.

                Page 1 and 2 - pictures of 3 babies playing in mud.

                "Squelch, squelch, in the mud."

                We bash on the page pretending to be babies tramping in the mud.



                Page 2 and 3 - pictures of 3 babies in the bath, getting washed by their mum.


                "Splish, splash, scrub a dub"

                We wash the babies with our hands and then wash our faces



                Pages 4 and 5 - picture of 4 babies brushing their hair.

                'Gently, gently, brush your hair'

                This is said gently whilst she brushes the babies' hair, then her own hair very softly.



                Pages 6 and 7 - picture of baby being tickled by mum and other babies

                'And tickle, tickle under there.'

                She then gets tickled and cuddled by me and she tickles the baby on the page.

                This book has become part of our family language. We say 'Gently Gently' when we brush her hair or whenever we want her to be gently to another child. And 'Splish splash, scrub an dub', when she's having a bath.

                Many will know Helen Oxenbury from her amusing and whimsical illustrations of Michael Rosen's 'We're going on a Bear Hunt.' Tickle Tickle has a completely difference appearance - its bold bright colours and large faces are very appealing to babies.

                Tickle Tickle is part of a set of 4, which also include Say Goodnight, Clap Hands and All Fall Down. All are good, but Tickle Tickle and Clap Hands are the best, in my view.

                My elder children remember these books from when they were babies. I kept reading these books to them until they were about 4 years old. By that time, they knew Tickle Tickle off by heart, and they knew the tickle and the cuddle were coming at the end.

                This book is delightful.

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                  12.02.2005 20:22
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                  • "Lack of flaps and textures"

                  This is a review of Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury. One of a series of four board books aimed at babies and toddlers, this is a very short basic book, hence the shorter review.

                  ****Description****

                  This is a board book published by Walker Books. It measures 22 cm x 22 cm and the pages are of a medium thickness. The front page has a picture of two babies tickling each other with a blue background and has a total of 8 pages.

                  ****Story****

                  There really is not much of a story with this book, its one of those awkward ones that you have to make everything up! There are three babies (these same babies appear in each of the four books in the series) and through the book there is some text, but basically you just describe what they are doing.

                  Pages 1-2. The text reads: Squelch, squelch, in the mud.
                  There is a picture of the three babies are crawling through all the mud getting very dirty.

                  Pages 3-4. Splish, splash, scrub-a-dub.
                  Now the babies need a bath to get clean.

                  Pages 5-6. Gently, gently, brush your hair.
                  Following their bath the babies are brushing their hair.

                  Pages 7-8. Tickle, tickle, under there.
                  Now one of the babies is being tickled – this is the time to give your little one a big tickle just like the baby in the book.

                  And that is it!

                  ****Price****

                  This book originally sold for £4.99, though I got mine free through Bookstart. Bookstart is a scheme developed to encourage reading with babies. When your little one has their 7 month hearing test or 9 month development review ask for your book bag. You will get a selection of books and information on how to join the library plus advice on reading with babies and toddlers. This scheme is so badly publicised as I had to ask for my book bag, if I hadn’t of known about Bookstart I would not have got a thing.

                  Back to the price…..this is no longer available to buy through Walkers the publishers so you need to keep a look out either on Amazon, EBay or second hand shops.

                  ****Best Bits****

                  I have never struggled so much on a review to write positive points. My son seems to really like this book, I think it must be the bold pictures with happy smiling faces on each page – or my wonderful story telling skills! Although I personally do not like this book I have been to the library to get Louis the other books in the series and he seems to enjoy them just as much. Even if I am not reading them to him he will sit quite happily and look at the picture on his own. At the end of the day the book is not for my benefit it is for his and I think that it is very important that children enjoy reading and looking at books from a young age so if he is happy with it, so am I.

                  ****Negative points****

                  Mmmm, where to start! This book is massively overpriced at £4.99, though for writing this review I have had a look on the Walkers Books website and it is no longer available on there. I have found it on Amazon for sale new and used FROM £21! I think I must be missing something somewhere. There are no flaps for the little one to open and no textures for them to feel.

                  I have given this 3 out of 5 stars as although I do not like it my son does, therefore if your baby is into this type of book I would recommend it.

                  ****Contact Information****

                  Walker Books Ltd
                  87 Vauxhall Walk
                  London
                  SE11 5HJ

                  www.walkerbooks.co.uk

                  ISBN 0-7445-6784-X

                  Other books in the series:

                  Say Goodnight
                  Clap Hands
                  All Fall Down

                  I hope that I have covered everything, but if you have any questions, please ask me.

                  Thanks for reading my review.

                  Jens x


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