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Adventure Box by Bayard isn't something I'd normally be buying - I'm not a parent after all. But having been given some of these Bayard magazines to share with my nieces and nephews, I have done so and am reviewing them here too.
Adventure Box is aimed at 6-9 yr olds, and costs £4.15 per magazine which is released monthly. The idea is that you buy it regularly and build up a 'box' of them. The magazine begins with a story - supposedly an adventure story. It's 45 pages long, and each page is mostly half a page of fairly large words, with half a page of picture. The tale is divided into 6 chapters, and to be honest I wouldn't really call it much of an adventure story even when one considers the age group that it's aimed at.
The story in the volume (issue 140) that I looked at with my nephew (age 6), was called Operation Grandma by F Joly, and was about two kids one who's grandfather, and one who's grandmother are always wanting to do things with them and so they try to get them to meet in various ways so that they can effectively palm them off on each other. Although it doesn't work as they want it to, they do meet and fall in love and decide to get married. Within the story, the kids arrange things like to go to the same shop at the same time, or to go on a bike ride where one of the adults tires will need pumping up. It's all pretty tame stuff even for a 6yr old, and particularly for one who likes what he calls proper adventure stories. When I talked to my 6yr old nephew about it he said it was like a school book ( I think he meant a school reading book), and not a real adventure story. I quizzed him a little more and he told me that proper adventure stories have things like pirates and treasure in them or kids who have to find stuff and escape from things and have proper adventures. - To be honest, I do tend to agree with him! (My 10 yr old Nephew took a look at this, declared it to be sissy and wandered off!).
Following on from the 'adventure' story, the rest of the magazine is divided into sections - Nature Box - in this issue this looked at Oranges and the different parts of them. Tom and Lili - which appears to be an ongoing cartoon style tale that runs from magazine to magazine, only 1 page long, and again nothing to do with adventure - the two named characters were opening valentine cards together in this one. Then there are 4 pages of games - word search, logic puzzle, mini Sudoku etc. some were a little hard for my nephew (namely the Sudoku), but he enjoyed the others. The remainder of the magazine was a 10 page cartoon style story about a little one who wants a cuddle and how everyone's too busy at the moment to give him one. He gets it eventually though. Once again, this really wasn't an adventure story, and my nephew although he read it was confused and said he thought they'd put the wrong ones in the magazine because it should have gone in the story one we'd read the other day (see my other review for Story Box by Bayard for details of that one). Again, I do see where he's coming from. Nice little story though it was, there was nothing adventure like about it at all, and we (he and I) both felt that it wasn't a very good adventure magazine.
Would I buy this? Very much not if this is a good example to go by. It's not full of the sort of adventures that a 6-9yr old would expect, and although the stories were pleasant enough, and quite simple enough for most kids that age to read by themselves, they were of completely the wrong genre for what was named on the magazine.