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I bought this comic on 9th November as my Grandaughter was ill so the gifts looked great to cheer her up, however, it was the most frustrating thing, the free gift had number buttons to press but did absolutely nothing and just frustrated her as she was expecting some noise to come from it, we searched to see if there was a tab to pull to activate it but nothing, all it was good for was her baby sister to chew on. The comic I agree is very thin and not that much activity. Wished I had picked up peppa pig as at least a good magnifying glass free and she could have used that. Something I thought would keep her amused and cheer her up actually annoyed her as there was NO play value to the free toy. There were free crayons in the comic also. This comic needs to be related to the pre-school to educate and amuse them and if giving a free gift make it child friendly and fun not boring junk. If a child was choosing its comic the free toy would be the magnet to buy and they too would be unhappy from that choice. A very disappointed Grandma and Grandchild
I bought this magazine for my daughter because a friend had it and when she saw it she lit up - she absolutely adores the programme. I think at 17 months my daughter was too young for it, as the first thing she did was try to eat the crayons that came as a free gift.
However, she loves stickers and there were certainly plenty of them in the magazine! There was also a free Tombliboo poster.
The main reason I bought it, though, was as well as free crayons, it came with a free inflatable ball with Iggle Piggle on it. This has proved to be fantastic, as I can deflate it to transport it in the pushchair if we're going to the park. In fact, several friends have asked where I got the ball from!
The magazine itself is very basic with a couple of simple In the Night Garden stories and pages to colour in. I wouldn't have expected anything more, though, as the programme is aimed at very young children.
If it hadn't had the free gifts, it wouldn't really have been worth the money, but since every issue has a free gift, I would recommend buying this magazine as a one-off every now and then - although not on a regular basis!
When taking my son on an aeroplane for the first time I wanted something in the airport to hopefully keep him quiet on the plane. This magazine caught my eye as he is mad on in the night garden. It also had some inflatable tombliboo blocks with it so I thought they would make quite a good toy while we were away.
The magazine costs about £2 which is on a par with all the other children's publications. It has 25 pages of activities, colouring and stories with lots of bright pictures to keep children entertained. It's obviously aimed at older children than my son but he still loved pointing at the characters and colouring in the images. It did the job and kept him quiet for 20 minutes!
The free gift was rubbish. The blocks had a hole in the corners so they wouldn't inflate. I think if you offer a free gift it should be of a decent quality, the amount of plastic tat on all the covers is shocking!
There is also info that any profits from the magazine are put back into programming for the bbc, I should be able to claim back on my tv licence now lol :-)
My mum visits every weekend and very early on got in the typical Gran's habit of coming laden with sweets and gifts for the kids! I'm constantly telling her off for bringing sweets round as both of my boys will quite happily wolf the lot down but are not so keen on cleaning their teeth afterwards. Recently Grandma has taken to bringing comics round for the boys instead.
This week the comic of choice for my two year old son was an 'In the Night Garden' magazine produced by the BBC. This was not a bad choice actually, as my youngest son is a big fan of the programme showing on CBeebies. He recognises and is able to say the names of all the main characters and constantly repeats some of the catchphrases and he did spot his favourites on the front cover when the magazine was handed over.
Most of these comics aimed at pre-schoolers follow a similar format. They all seem to contain just a few pages of bright pictures, a puzzle or two and maybe a story. The main attraction of these comics seem to be the plastic bits of tat there are inevitably attached to the cover. A comic doesn't seem to be a comic nowadays without a free gift thrown in, however tacky and worthless it might be. The latest issue actually came with something fairly decent enclosed. There was a little pop-up Iggle Piggle on a stick stuck to the front cover of the magazine. My two year old is absolutely besotted with it and is constantly saying 'Where's Iggle Piggle gone?' and then popping Iggle Piggle up saying 'Here he is!' The downside of his infatuation with his new toy is that he has hardly given the comic a second glance. In fact, even with his enthusiasm for 'In the Night Garden' in general, at just two these sorts of comics don't really hold his attention for more than a few seconds at most. It's surprising really when he loves reading in general but flimsy comics, however brightly decorated, don't really seem to keep him interested at all.
There isn't really a great deal of content in this magazine to justify the £1.99 cover price, especially when you consider how little you pay for decent quality children's books from places like the Book People. This issue, for example, includes a few pictures of the main characters to cut out and make a 'play scene', a couple of posters, free stickers to place throughout the magazine and a story. There are just 28 pages in total so it doesn't take very long at all to work your way through the magazine, although that could be a positive for little ones with a very short attention span. There is quite a nice feature within the featured story as it includes blank spaces for the parent to insert their child's name and involve them directly in a story about their favourite characters.
Although the cover of the magazine is quite thick, the rest of the pages are very thin so not particularly durable for a product aimed at toddlers and very young children and the pages are very easy to tear, often when just removing the free gift(s) from the front cover. The magazine is very bright and colourful and focuses on images rather than words, which is understandable given the age range that it's going to be enjoyed by. I just don't think that it is particularly good value for money and I certainly wouldn't buy this magazine every fortnight if my mother didn't buy it. I'd much rather put that £1.99 towards a decent quality book that is going to be shared with my little one time and time again. My youngest is a little bit too young for some of the activities in the comics and reading the story included isn't quite the same as cuddling up to Mummy with a sturdy hardback.
I wouldn't personally recommend this comic to any mothers out there - no matter how much of an 'In the Night Garden' fan your little one might be.
I took my 16 month old granddaughter shopping to Sainsbury's at the weekend and she was such a good little girl that I decided to treat her to a comic, when I saw an In The Night Garden comic from the BBC I popped it into the trolley for when we got home.
My granddaughter loves Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and the rest of them so I was quite pleased to have bought her something she'd enjoy, and getting a comic as a child is always so exciting!
I was not so pleased when I got the comic home and opened the colourful plastic wrapper to get to the comic and free gifts. The comic at first glance is very thin and this edition has a quite dark cover, this wasn't particularly apparent in the supermarket and I would have much preferred a brighter and more colourful front cover to engage my granddaughter's interest.
The magazine comes with a sheet of stickers for the child to stick in relevant places throughout the pages, this is a lovely idea and we certainly had fun with the stickers but this meant that much of the colour was on the stickers so the comic had a rather dull and empty feeling until we'd jazzed it up with our handiwork. The stickers I found were perfect for little hands to use, my granddaughter is younger than this comic is intended for but even at her age she was able to stick the stickers into place when I pointed out where they had to go.
There are lots of landscape scenes of the garden with not as many pictures of the actual characters as I would have liked. It's quite an interactive comic as the child is encouraged to make observations, but I think this comic should be more fun considering the age of the children it is written for. My granddaughter was disappointed that she couldn't spot her favourite characters, and several pages had none of the loveable In The Night Garden characters on at all!
I was disappointed to find just one short story in the magazine, it's in a large enough font to cover four pages but is not a terribly good story at all and didn't allow me to have fun with my granddaughter, in fact she wriggled to get down off my lap halfway through the story which is unusual for her as she likes a nice story while she's drinking a bottle of milk.
For the older child there are plenty of pictures to colour in, in this issue there is a lovely one of Upsy Daisy which I planned to colour in but my granddaughter accidentally ripped the page. I shall colour in the Ninky Nonk instead.
This is a problem. This comic is aimed at very young children but for some reason it's printed on the thinnest and easily ripped paper imaginable. My older granddaughter collects the Felicity Wishes magazine and this is printed on much thicker glossier paper, which would be much more appropriate for the clumsy pre-schoolers this is made for.
Most issues come with a small free gift, in this issue was an Upsy Daisy bedtime toy and a 'mystery free gift' which turned out to be an inflatable beach ball (at the end of October). Do not be fooled by how great the Upsy Daisy thing looks in the packet, it's a nice enough finger puppet with an extremely poor quality bed made of plastic so thin that my granddaughter trod on it within minutes and it split. The ball is nice, but I have a suspicion that my cat had his eye on it earlier so no doubt it will be punctured before long.
But my main bugbear about this comic is the price! It annoyed me that the plastic wrapper covered the extortionate £2.35 price tag on this comic. Please don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge my granddaughters' anything but this comic quite simply is not worth the cost. Perhaps it's because my granddaughter is so young that I wasn't able to interact with her as much as I'd have liked, but really I think the BBC have published this poor comic with a view to making as much money as possible out of our little ones'.
I would not recommend this comic in all honesty because I simply do not believe it is worth the money. I recently bought my granddaughter a set of six board In The Night Garden books which are so much more colourful and fun, these cost me only £3.99 and I would suggest you put the extra £1.50 and buy these instead of this comic which I guarantee will soon be ripped and put in the bin.
After seeing in the night garden on the television, my daughter was fascinated with the show for a while. I was over the moon when I saw the magazine at our local shops it cost under £2.00 and it had stickers inside aswell as a free gift. My daughter very much enjoyed doing the stickers and putting them on the themed pages, she also enjoyed colouring in her favourite characters.
This is a fortnightly magazine and I purchased it for my Daughter for about 2 months before I stopped. The main reason why I stopped purchasing was due to the gifts, I know that they are free but I started to feel that I was wasting my money, as my daughter would just toss them to the side. There have been a few items that haven't lasted 2 minutes for example a blow up ball and a blow up haahoo both went down over night as they had small holes in them.
To be fair I can't really fault the magazine itself as it does have plenty for children to do but I just felt like I might aswell be buying my daughter something that she would get more than 15 minutes use out of.
I now buy her the strawberry shortcake magazine although it is £5.00 every 2 weeks the gifts are fantastic and all based around cooking with little aprons and cutlery sets I definitely feel like im getting a good collection of gifts and my daughter spends a lot more time with it.
Harry is absolutely book mad at the moment, insisting on me reading him a story 24 hours of the day, never mind making dinner, Harry's stories have to come first for him! So when we were out and about a few weeks ago, I spotted this magazine lurking at the back of the children's magazine section in WH Smith, and thought I would treat my little man to a magazine all of his own. He seemed quite thrilled with my purchase and we often catch him sitting and reading it of an evening!
In The Night Garden, as you probably know by now, is the latest children's television craze up and down the country. It features several odd looking characters who live in a beautiful garden and have lots of fun and games together. The main characters are Makka Pakka, Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, the Tombliboos and the Pontipines. Harry's rather keen on it so I knew he'd love this magazine. This magazine is produced by the BBC who also screens, under their publishing name of BBC Magazines. It's a fortnightly magazine, each new issue comes out on a Wednesday so avoid the magazine racks on a Wednesday lol!
Okay, to the magazine. The cover of the magazine, while obviously differing issue to issue, is very bright and bold, with the In The Night Garden logo at the top of the magazine. The rest of the cover features bright pictures of the main characters of the Night Garden, small text areas telling you whats in the magazine i.e. "Stick and giggle with Iggle Piggle". Harry always spots the infamous characters and shrieks at me "Night garden magazine" with a huge smile, so I know its noticeable and attractive to the little people! The other thing that the toddlers will like about this magazine is the free gift which comes with every issue. Again, this varies every issue but to give you an idea, we've received an inflatable Pinky-Ponk (blimp type thing), Snap Cards and Crayons, and an Upsy Daisy jigsaw. They aren't the best quality gifts in the world, but they're fun for as long as they last and Harry seems pretty happy with it.
Inside the magazine, you get a nice variety of things to do and read with your child. On the first page after the cover, there is a small column on the left for parents, telling you whats in the issue, contact details for the BBC and what things you can do inside it. Straight away for the children, there is often a colouring in activity with a large picture of a main characters. It also usually has a bubble with "Hello ...... are you ready to play?" You're supposed to write your child's name so when you read it with them, its like a personal magazine. Altogether now... ahhhhhh. Other activities in the issue I am looking at include more colouring in activities, "Dance with Upsy Daisy" while tracing a path with your crayons (free with issue of course), Finding activities, a four paged spread story featuring the Night Garden characters, sticker fun and what you get with the next issue.
Now there is one thing about this magazine which for me makes it stand out is the free sticker sheet which you get with every issue of the magazine. This is a large a4 sized sheet which is stapled to the middle pages of the magazine. The sheet contains loads of stickers which are for use throughout the magazine. It actually splits them up into sections and tells you which page they are used on so you know where they're supposed to go. Harry always goes straight to the stickers and starts peeling them off sticking them anywhere he likes. I try to encourage him to use the right pages but in typical 2 year old child fashion, they end up everywhere! The stickers are good quality, nice and bright and thick so your child can easily use them, and I find you can unpeel them a few times too if needed without them getting ruined.
The quiet time story in the magazine is also another positive thing about this magazine. The story usually crosses 4 pages, with large coloured writing with bold font, making it easy to new readers to help read the story too. Again, there are blank speech bubbles encouraging you to write in your childs name so they also become a part of the story. The story is illustrated across the pages with cartoon drawings of all the characters making it fun for your child to look at while you are reading to them. Each story has its own title, in my issue its "Harry and the Tombliboos Waving Game" but again its a different short story for each issue.
For £1.99 every 2 weeks, I think that the magazine is very good value, especially for the contents and value for the children. The magazine has a lot of activities, from colouring to stickers to quiet stories for you and your child to share. Its lovely and brightly coloured, with lovely pictures inside that your child will love to look at and share with you. The free gift, although nothing spectacular, is fab for the kiddies and Harry is always over-joyed with his, however basic it is. The magazine has loads to do in it, and is great value for money and I for one enjoy buying it for my little boy every fortnight...the proud smile on his face while he's reading it in his buggy is certainly worth my £1.99!
Available from all good newsagents and supermarkets every 2 weeks for £1.99 per issue. Each issue contains around 23 interior pages. Published by BBC Magazines.
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