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Magazine based on the TV cartoon character.

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      11.01.2010 14:04
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      A lifesaver in desperate circumstances but not a good buy generally

      An expensive buy for your toddler to rip up and go in the bin the next day.

      Im not a fan of young childrens magazines, simply down to the astronomical cost and how long they last. My daughter is 3 and I used to buy her the bob the builder magazine as well as others regularly until one day I just looked at how much she actually looked through them properly, wanted to read the stories or in fact go through a few pages which was very little as all she wanted was to take the toy which was on the front and then rip the rest up.

      You cant get away with paying less than £2.10 for kids magazines and this one is no exception, this is such a waste when you can buy books which are hardbacked for kids for the same price if not cheaper, such a much more worthy buy in my eyes.

      These are however good for going round supermarkets and keep your child calm and content if they are throwing a fit of blue murder, which is mainly why my daughter has them occassionally nowadays. Bob the builder is a character she adores and to look at the pictures for 30 minutes whilst sat in a trolley is a worthwhile investment to save your sanity but apart from that I dont recommend buying this or any other kids magazine.

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      08.11.2009 13:06
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      Well Worth The Money on this occasion anyway!

      I bought the current Bob the Builder magazine for my son Ryan recently. He sifts through every magazine available and it normally comes down to one of two things; best toy or most stickers.
      He loves Bob anyway and the fact that this one had a tape measure as the free gift swung it.

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      £1.99, pretty average in this genre, a small price to pay though for a good few hours fun.

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      The measuring tape is a big hit, 2 weeks later he is still measuring the length of Dad`s nose and Dad`s arm (Dad`s nose is 23, 25 by the way and his arm is 21,24!)

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      All of the usual characters are included at some point in the magazine, Ryan`s favourites are Scoop and Spud. There are plenty of learning games throughout the magazine although Ryan is only 3 so he can`t manage the coulouring and join the dots games. He enjoys the missing numbers and letters games though. There aren`t enough stories in this [or any other kid`s] magazine which is my only gripe.

      Stickers
      Don`t get me started with stickers. There were several stickers that were supposed to go on Bob`s "activity page" and I`m still looking for it!!
      And there aren`t enough to keep him satisfied.

      The very best thing to come out of this purchase was the list of tour dates on the back of the magazine for "Bob the Builder Live". I`ve been trying to book it on the Metro Arena web site for two months but its not on there. It wasn`t on the magazine either so I phoned the ticket line to book Newcastle Tyne Theatre on Sunday 15th November. The operator told me that it was cancelled but there was a 1430 performance at the Metro Arena on Saturday 14th November. TOTAL RESULT! Where going next week.

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        19.06.2008 10:53
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        a good pre school magazine

        my little girl is bob the builder mad, when we go to the newsagents for my magazine i always allow the girls to pick a magazine for them, my little one always goes for this bob the builder magazine every time.

        this is a pre school magazine but i think it is suitable for children up to 6 years of age.

        inside this magazine you have lots of storys about bob, the team and his machines for you and your child to read together aswell as puzzles, games and things to make. you have usually got a page to help with counting and handwriting which is good as it teaches your child without them even realising it making it more fun.

        this magazine is produced for the bbc, you have one issue per month packed full of fun and there is always a free toy with it which the children will find fun.

        this magazine if used to its full potential will need some adult involvement with the story reading and learning pages so can be a good idea for some fun time with your child.

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        13.09.2002 06:36
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        Well, the older kids have their magazines coming through the letterbox; Mum and Dad get the paper and junk mail. But what is there for the four year old? Well, once a month a huge and beaming smile crosses his face first thing in the morning as he bounds downstairs to find the monthly Bob The Builder magazine from BBC Publishing on the doormat. For the sake of the review, I will assume that you have a basic knowledge of Bob, a cartoon builder, and his happy band of helpers (the talking digger, cement mixer and more!). If not, they were number one a couple of Christmases back! So, what does the little one get for the £1.40 I have lavished on him? Well, a 24-page colour magazine that is completely dedicated to Bob and the gang, containing only 3 pages of advertising. And the adverts are for Bob The Builder Accessories. The October 2002 edition (why do magazines insist on dating publications a month ahead of their release?) comes with a free rubber tape measure which has had my little one taking details of the size of everything in the house. While the irony of being able to stretch this item to longer than the 70cm it is purporting to measure will be lost on him, the undeniable joy of this freebie makes the purchase worthwhile by itself. Gifts in previous issues have included fridge magnets, 100 shiny Bob & The Gang stickers and cardboard cut out masks of the various characters. He has loved every freebie. That is good enough for me! The only point of care is that some of the gifts are unsuitable for children under 36 months old. So, getting beyond the cover and the gift: page two introduces the characters from the programme (we now have a house full of them) before we find some practical uses for the tape measure on page three. The opportunity to measure various items on the page and tick boxes to identify which ones are the longest is both fun and educational for a child of his age. The items in question are a
        lso topical for this publication. There is nothing my little one likes better than curling up on Daddy's knee to read a story before bedtime. While all the books in the house have been exhausted, this magazine provides two different stories combining text and pictures well. And we get this monthly! The first story is three pages long, incorporating small paragraphs beneath colour pictures. This allows the youngster to follow the story easily. The second story is shorter but more interactive. Some of the words are replaced by symbols (for example, a picture of Bob or some sausages) allowing the non-reading 4 year old to do some of the reading! Again, the educational benefits of this method of involving a developing child in telling the story cannot be underestimated. The accessories advertised in the magazine are fun. Unfortunately, the delivery charge of £3.99 (or £10 for a next day guarantee) is expensive and you can probably get most of the items from Argos or Boots. Feel free to check out www.newcron.com for details of lamps, bins, sleeping bags, clocks, bedding and lots more. The characters from the cartoon typically cost around £6 each. Lego sets can be found at www.legoexplore.com while Bob books can be tracked down at www.bbcshop.com. Other pages include cutting out games. I let Grandma take care of this side of things just before we throw the magazine out, as my artistic skills leave a lot to be desired. If you have the time and patience, as Grandma does, this can be great fun for the developing child as he decides where to stick the various pictures. We are also given word games, including some work with letters, which stimulates greatly. There is also a competition to win an inflatable scoop (that?s the yellow digger, if you were unsure). The phone call cost for entry is restricted to less than the price of a first class stamp. The tape measure comes back in to play on a couple of occasions too.
        Firstly , to find out which character owns the tape measure. Subsequently, to measure things such as the height of a kennel. All good innocent fun with genuine educational benefits. There is colouring. We have counting the hidden sausages to help feed the dog. And more. Is there anything wrong with the Bob The Builder magazine? My only complaint is that it seems to fall apart too easily. Two more staples would make it last longer. The little one is always sad to see it put in the recycling bag and if it could just stay together for an extra few days he would be happier. In summary, a magazine obtainable from the local newsagent, priced fairly, highly entertaining and highly education for the age group that it is aimed at. Can we fix it? No need! Because it is GREAT.

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          11.04.2001 21:36
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          Remember last Christmas, when Bob the Builder had that wonderful <cough splutter> single out? Well, at least he kept Westlife off the top spot for once, and for that huge service to the British public, he will forever remain a hero. However, my daughter (almost five) wasn’t impressed with Bob singing and dancing – oh no, Bob the Builder builds. Yes, he is allowed to have a TV programme and a magazine, but not a pop career. Ho hum. At least it saved us having to buy the CD! My daughter enjoys Bob the Builder magazine and for £1.35, it is good value too. Published by BBC Children’s Magazines, you know it is going to be impressive and reliable. They seem to get exactly the right mix between fun and educational. There are free gifts given away with the magazine – a common ploy to get children to nag their parents to buy it, but it does mean the child gets a little toy or badge or balloon, as well as the magazine itself. Personally, I avoid any magazine which gives away things like glitter glue or paint sets, as I can envisage the mess, but badges are fine! The format of this magazine is pretty similar to most titles designed for this age range, the 3 to 6 year olds or so. A nice bright cover, plus lots of colour pictures inside featuring Bob the Builder and his friends – Pilchard the blue and black striped cat (my favourite), the tractors and other vehicles (Scoop, Lofty, Dizzy et al), Spud, Wendy, Farmer Pickles, etc. The magazine contains stories, competitions, matching activities, games, puzzles, counting, a poster, things to do and make, as well as early reading and writing practice. It is not a magazine children will get much out of by themselves, unless they can already write and read well. It is definitely the sort of magazine you have to work through with your child, to get the most out of it. Personally, we usually buy every issue of Tweenies magazine (which is my daughter&
          #39;s favourite programme), but her Grandma buys Bob the Builder magazine. Besides the regular magazine which you can order through the post or buy at newsagents, supermarkets and so on, there are also Summer Specials and activity books to look out for. If your child is a fan of the TV programme and that catchy number one hit theme tune, I’m sure they will love this magazine too.

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            18.11.2000 22:20
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            Last week my son aged 4 was feeling very fed up as he wasn't well and couldn't go to school. I phoned my husband at work and asked him to bring home a magazine to cheer Christopher up. He came home with "Bob the Builder", and although Christopher wasn't in the mood to do any of the colouring or activities then, he soon started smiling when he saw the free gifts. This month you get four cardboard masks, of Bob, Wendy, Pilchard and Spud. All you have to do is press them out from the cardboard surround then stick a straw or lolly stick on the bottom for your child to hold. My two had lots of fun pretending to be the characters! There are stories to read, colouring, counting games and a "spot the difference" page in this month's issue. If you have a young Bob fan in your family, I'm sure they'd get a lot of enjoyment from this magazine. At the back of the magazine there is a page where you can order all sorts of Bob merchandise; the prices seem to be the same as you would pay in the shops but there is a £2.95 delivery charge. It has to be worth it at this time of year to avoid the hordes of Christmas shoppers! There's a website where you can purchase lots more "Bob stuff", as well as other popular children's characters. It is as follows: www.shop4toys.co.uk

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              07.11.2000 19:29
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              Like most kids of around 3 to 4yrs my son loves Bob the Builder and even went to visit him in the local shopping centre. I was a bit worried about buying the magazine as I thought there would be a chance of not much being in it. But how wrong could I be. The magazine was packed with fun things to do. Including the usual colouring and stories for parents to read to them. You sometimes get a free toy but nothing spectacular. My son particularly likes the fact that you get a poster of Bob on the middle pages. Just his cup of tea! Or orange squash. I don't buy this all of the time as it can work out expensive with other bits and pieces you end up buying as a mother but occasionally as a treat and he looks through it over and over again.

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              05.10.2000 02:08
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              We buy this magazine on a regular baisis for my son who is aged 2 years.He loves to watch it on the television and when he saw the mag in the shop he refused to leave without it. To be honest I was reluctant to buy it at first as I thought it was a little expensive at £1.25 but on reading it I was supprised at how much there was to intrest a little person so I got it him. There are a few stories that are good to read together and because there are pictures to go with the story you can go through it all together. Then there is the fun pages where the children can do colourings etc. It really is good for children and i think they will learn alot from it.

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              03.10.2000 10:20
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              Our youngest son, aged 3, loves to watch Bob The Builder. This is an area that the BBC really do seen to understand, they produce many programmes for this age group that are really loved. To compliment this they also publish a wide range of childrens comics. The Bob The Builder comic is bought for our son on a regular basis, he loves to listen to the stories and at the same time he is learning. Having pictures of his favourite characters in the story keeps the attention span. There are always a selection of games, colouring and stories which normally get read from cover to cover. As with most of the competition "free" gifts are normally given away on the cover. There's also a competition, which we won a few months ago which was nice, Bob & Pilchard dolls were the prize given. This is a valuable way to make learning fun in the pre school years.

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              04.09.2000 01:58
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              My four year old son loves to watch Bob the Builder (he also finds it funny that his grandad Bob is a Builder!). So I buy him this magazine as a treat. It is full of stories and posters and has plenty of things to do in it. He really has fun doing the things in the magazine, but doesn't realize that he is learning things all the time. The magazine usually comes with a free gift (it is four paint colours and a paintbrush this month). These gifts ar usually quite good (as far as free gifts with magazines go), and have included fridge magnets and window stickers. At £1.35 I feel it is good value as he doesn't just want it for the free gift, but gets a lot of pleasure from it, and goes back to them time and again until they get too worn out and have to be discretely 'thrown out'.

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