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WHAT IS IT?
A comic book for very young children about the Peppa Pig character. It has been available for a few years because I used to buy it for my daughter at least 3 years ago and now I buy a copy for when my niece visits my home.
WHAT'S INSIDE THE MAGAZINE?
The Peppa Pig comic book is very colourful and it is filled with pictures of the characters off Peppa Pig. There are very many pictures of Peppa and George because they are the main characters in the show but the other animals are on the pages also. There is a story in every issue and that is 4 pages long, it is always a very easy story with not many words and I think they are very often the stories that are on the television episodes. My daughter and niece have both of them been able to read the stories themselves because they knew how to read but I think it would be nice to read to smaller children because the story is always very gentle.
There are puzzles, games and colouring in pictures in the comic book and these are always good for little children but the puzzles are too easy for older children who like Peppa Pig.
WHAT I THINK
I have bought many copies of the Peppa Pig comic book and I think it is a very good thing for children. The whole comic book is easy to read and that is good to help young children when they learn to read, the words are all printed big and clear and that aids children also. I like that there are ideas for things for children to do in the comic book and the ideas are in with the theme of the story in that issue.
The colouring in page is the first thing my niece finds when I give her her comic book and my daughter was the same. The picture is very easy to colour and it is usually a big picture of Peppa with background, you do not need very many colours to complete the picture and it does not matter if children colour out of the lines.
There are sometimes stickers given with the comic book and then there are special pages for children to stick them. This activity does not interest my niece so she uses the stickers on other things but they do always get used. The comic book very often has a free gift like a packet of crayons or a Peppa Pig whistle, the gifts are nice but they always break because they are made out of very thin plastic.
There are not very many pages in the Peppa Pig comic book and the paper is thin so it will rip easy, the cover is thicker and that helps to protect the comic but it still gets damaged very quick after the child has started to handle it.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Peppa Pig Magazine
We have started buying our little one a magazine every so often and the best one we have found is the Peppa Pig magazine. Peppa Pig can be found on Nick Jr and Milkshake and follows a young pig and her family and friends as they go about their daily lives with funny consequences.
This magazine can be bought for £1.99 and is well worth it with stories, competitions, workbooks and stickers all included.
The main part of the magazine is really the workbook, stapled in the centre of the magazine and is easily pulled out so the child can take only that around if they wish. This includes such things as colouring pages, spot the difference, counting, alphabet tasks and more. Each task has certain stickers which can be stuck there when completed to add to the fun of learning. In all, there are 24 pages in this workbook alone and although our little one can not complete a lot of tasks alone given her age, she has fun colouring in the pages and working with us to do the rest.
There is generally two different stories in the front and back of the magazine, one in comic strip form and the other more of a story form with less pictures - perfect for bedtime stories.
In each magazine there are competitions for the child to enter which includes such tasks as drawing a picture or answering questions (more the parents job on the latter).
At the end of the magazine is always something to make. For example in this one you are taught how to make a hoopla game from plastic plates, yogurt pots and paint. This is not only fun for the youngsters but also a cheap way to entertain them on a rainy day!
The magazine is one of the best ones I have seen and not only is it fun though it also teaches the child many different things. Myself and my youngster have many hours of fun working through it together.
My little sister loves the Peppa Pig magazine, it's about £1.99 and comes out every 2 weeks. Each issue has a free gift on it and sometimes you also get stickers with the comic. I don't think it's the most exciting kids comic going but they've realised that LOADS of little kids love Peppa Pig now and have got it perfect I reckon for what kids will like.
Each issue is kind of the same sort of thing. You get a story, pictures to colour, little puzzles that kids and toddlers can do, dot to dots and pictures of Peppa Pig and her family. The story is usually one that has been on the tv so my sister will recognise it straight away just from the pictures, that's a wicked idea because it means that she can look at the pictures and tell the story herself even though she can't read yet.
The pictures are all bright and colourful and the illustrator uses them to tell the stories and also when it's a page of puzzles and stuff like that there will be a picture of Peppa or George and they do it so that it looks like the piggys are telling the kids what to do.
The free gift is usually quite good, a few weeks ago my sister got a free money box shaped like Peppa Pigs head and that wasn't as cheapo looking as I thought it was going to be. This time she got playing cards I think and the good thing about the freebies I think is that they are all branded with a picture of Peppa on them, that's good because it helps kids to get their collection of Peppa Pig stuff up without having to keep buying things.
My sister loves the colouring pictures in the comic because they are dead easy to colour, she's just learning to colour neatly in the lines and can make a brill job of these pictures. Actually she's got a couple that she's done up on her wall because they're always nice pictures and are usually ones that my sister recognises from the tv programme.
I would deffo recommend this comic to kids aged between 2 and 4. Any younger and they won't really get it, but kids older than 4 will get bored I reckon because it's not a very grown up comic and is deffo for very little kids.