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I bought this delightful book for my two year old daughter, Eve. She has always been a nightmare with books, getting hold of her older brother's books and amusing herself with the sound of the pages tearing - so I was in two minds when deciding to buy a 'proper' book. I've tried to keep her library mainly consiting of fabric books, chunky boardbooks and plastic bath books. But this book sounded so delightful I had to order it from Amazon when making a purchase for myself.
It's based on the adventures of the familiar Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear and friends, Piglet, Kanga, Tiger, Eeyore.
One of the reasons I chose this book was because Winnie the Pooh in my eyes is a classic and every child should read the books, the stories are old-fashioned and often have morals which are great to talk about after with the children.
The main reason I bought this was that it sounded fun and exciting, and when it arrived it didn't disappoint. It has pockets inside the book that contain letters, a newspaper, a game and a magazine. Each for a different Winne the Pooh character. My daughter loves to see what's inside each pocket - but I must admit I think she's a little too young for this, or maybe she just has a destructive personality - because she already has torn one of the pockets. Which has made me put it away for a few months!
But even though, it is one of my favourite books. It is rather like The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg (which also contains letters and activities to take out) so if you like The Jolly Postman - you are absolutely certain to like this book.
The illustrations look hand-drawn and old-fashioned, and the colours are natural and not in your face. It's also a great book to introduce your child to Winnie the Pooh and the characters - as there are lots of other books in the Pooh collection that you can buy if your child enjoys it.
Pricewise, I think it was about £5 which is really good value as it's more special that other books, would make a great gift for a child's birthday and little children never get bored of opening the pockets.
Age wise, I would suggest children 3 or over, unless your child is well-behaved around books unlike my tomboy daughter!
You can probably buy it from many online bookstores and large highstreet stores like WH Smith. I bought mine from Amazon like I said, but if you're only buying one book then I'd shop around because I find the postage is high on Amazon unless you spend enough to qualify for free super saver delivery.
Have great fun reading this book :)
I loved the design and colours of this Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium mobile as soon as I first spotted it in Mothercare. At £30 it wasn't as expensive as some, but was still higher than average when you consider you can pick up many low-tech ones for around £19.99.
One of the things I liked about this though, was that it was a good name, being a mum of three I know the Fisher Price brand well, it supplies good quality, durable, bright, colourful, educational and fun toys and nursery equipment.
Another thing I liked and that I found was unique to this model at the time, was that it comes with a remote control, which allows you to turn the music and lights off when baby is sleeping from the doorway so you don't wake him/her up by entering the room and leaning over the cot.
It plays a collection of lullabies and underwater sounds when on the music setting, and there is an aquarium light show that beams on to the ceiling which is really very good at keeping baby amused! You can choose whether to play just the music, just the light show or both. I always played both at the same time, I'm not sure why you would want to do just one or the other.
Another thing, which you might notice from the picture is that it has a squishy water bubble with plastic fish inside, within reach of baby for him/her to touch and play with.
There are also three colourful fish and strips of sparkly seaweed that hang down, and rotate when the mobile is switched on.
I think one of the best features though, is that it turns into a nightlight when baby is older - I haven't heard of other mobiles that can do this, and I think this feature is what sold it to me, as I am always trying to get more for my money when I'm shopping! So I love the dual use and the fact that it can last a few years instead of a number of months.
All in all, this was a lovely mobile, strong, easy to attach to the cot, colourful and bright for baby, great with the remote control features and would last a long time ( we're actually using it for baby number 2 now!)
One thing I will say though, is that it really really does eat up batteries! We get through so many, that I really think it's worth getting a rechargable battery charger as it takes those large torch batteries which are quite expensive.
At the end of the day, baby with love it and so will you if it sends him/her off to sleep!
I bought this book for my son for christmas along with another great children's book by Allan Ahlberg 'The Runaway Dinner'.
Allan Ahlberg does what he does best in 'The Man who wore all his Clothes' - and that it is to create a highly amusing and entertaining tale using everyday characters that have strange quirks and lives.
The book is seperated into eleven chapters, each varying in length from 4 - 10 pages. Ideal for bedtime reading with children, as you can read one or two chapters each night and keep your little ones intrigued and desperate to know what happens next.
Essentially the main character of the story is Mr Gaskitt, who at the beginning of the tale puts on all his clothes as the title suggests. But his family are also fundamental to the book, Mrs Gaskitt a taxi driver recieves a phonecall to collect a man outside a bank - who turns out to be a robber! And the Gaskitt children, Gus and Gloria have trouble with a teacher.
There are lots of little things that capture children's imaginations and keep them engaged with the story, like Horace the cat ( white with orange spots!) who talks and goes to watch TV with his friend. Aswell as a rather troublesome car radio that never gets things right.
I love the illustrations in this book too, they are by Katherine McEwen and are colorful, amusing and attentive to detail, from Horace the cat's facial expressions to Gloria's bunny slippers.
All in all, this is a charming book to enjoy with your children.
"The Runaway Dinner" is written by the hugely popular children's writer Allan Ahlberg and is a rather amusing tale. Critically acclaimed by the Guardian as ' Funny, touching, ridiculous and dramatic - treat from start to finish' you know this is going to be good from the start. This is what made me pick this book up for my six year old son as a present for christmas. He loves reading but is easily bored by childrens books where you can see the plot coming a mile off, he's alway muttering ' I know what's going to happen' and more often that not he's always right.
The front cover shows Banjo ( the main character of the tale) chasing two chips, a pea, his knife and fork and a very speedy sausage! This instantly passed approval from my son.
The story is revolved around Banjo chasing his 'Runaway dinner' and is amusing and entertaining, it's different to other Allan Ahlberg books we've read together and I'd say children of all age will love this book aswell as adults! It's probably more popular with boys however I'd suggest that girls would love reading this adventure too.
Without wanting to spoil the story, Banjo sits down to his tea and his sausage jumps off the plate, followed by the rest of the tea, the cutlery, crockery, table and chair who are all chased by Banjo and his parents. What I especially like about this book is that everything is given names. The sausage is called Melvin!
The book is illustrated by Bruce Ingman and the illustrations are charming and naive, almost as though a child had drawn them.
All in all, great book that will have you wondering 'what on earth will happen next.'
Happy Reading x
This is a great book for little ones! 'That's not my dinosaur...' belongs to the 'That's not my...' series, all written by Fiona Watt. The books are theme around vehicles, animals and various miscellaneous things.
Other titles include:
That's not my car, That's not my teddy, That's not my puppy, That's not my pirate, That's not my robot, That's not my monster, That's not my monkey etc
They even have christmas editions:
That's not my santa, That's not my snowman, That's not my polar bear, That's not my reindeer.
"That's not my dinosaur..." like all the books in the series is published by Usborne books and is a touchy feely book. This is the reason I bought this book, it was for my 8 month old son for Christmas, it's ideal for his age group as it offers various textures for little hands to explore.
The book is illustrated by Rachel Wells who offers delightful, bright and colourful pictures, but your little one will be much more interested in the shiny, fluffy or furry things to touch! I particularly like the little white mouse that joins you on the book...I suppose it is the mouse that has lost the dinosaur. Each page sees him finding a dinosaur but explaining that it isn't his dinosaur and he tells you why...I'll let you guess what happens at the end of the book!
This is a lovely book to share, it's obviously more of a visual picture book rather than a story, so ideal for younger children to develop sensory awareness and get used to hearing words. The use of repitition on each page...'That's not my...' is a vital tool in developing baby's language as they learn from repitition and hearing sounds over and over again.
It's RRP is £4.99, but it's currently for sale on Amazon for £3.46, they also stock the other books in the series so why not buy a few and qualify for free delivery (which is what I did).
Being Cadbury's biggest fan, these are one of my favourite christmas nibbles. I always pick up a few varieties during the christmas shop, they do the Milk Chocolate ones pictured. The White chocolate covered ones and the double chocolates ones ( chocolate biscuit covered in milk chocolate)
You'll usually find them on offer during the festive season, they are currently 69p at Morrisons supermarket. RRP £1.39 for a 125g box.
They are simply packaged, a purple rectangular box with Cadbury logo and a picture of the product on the front. The pictures vary, the one shown with the review has the word 'fingers' spelt out in chocolate fingers. My box has the fingers all lined up, toppling over in a dominoe fashion. Inside the box you'll find a black plastic tray that holds the fingers and this is wrapped in cellophane for freshness.
A 125g box will give you approximately 24 chocolate fingers, you may think this doesnt sound a lot - and you'd be right, they certainly don't go far in my house. The problem is that they are extremely moreish! They are very tasty and you simply can't stop at one...not even two.
Taste wise, they are a firm crunchy biscuit that tastes sweet and gives a satisfying snap when you bite one or break into two. The chocolate coating is neither two thin or two thick, the chocolate to biscuit ratio is just right. Often I'll lick the chocolate off slowly before devouring the biscuit in two. Other times, I'll much my way through three fingers in quick succession before I even realise it. I'm an avid bicsuit dunker but I find that these leave a little melted chocolate floating on top of your coffee if dunked, so they are best enjoyed as Mr Cadbury intended and straight in the mouth.
Each finger will cost you 30 calories, 1.9g of sugar and 1.5g of fat. I only have these as a christmas treat so I don't worry myself with these figures.
Every christmas the diet goes on the back burner and I like to indulge in a few things I like, so when I spotted these boxes of Jacobs Biscuits for Cheese on offer at Morrison for £1 I threw a couple of boxes in the trolley.
I enjoy these best with generous slices of mature cheddar and branston pickle or a variety of chutneys.
I don't know why they call these 'biscuits' for cheese because on the box it describes them as 'A selection of your favourite 6 cracker varieties'
1. Jacobs famous cream crackers
2. Round Cheddar biscuits ( like large mini cheddars)
3. Choice Grain ( square crackers made with wheat, rye and barley)
4. Water Biscuits ( a light and crisp biscuit)
5. Digestives (rectangular shaped with 'Jacobs' marked on them)
6. Savours ( salt and cracked black pepper round crackers)
The crackers are packaged in a 200g rectangular orange box with Jacob branding and a picture and description of the products.
What I like about these
These are ideal for christmas and party time, or as a treat for supper.
The choice means there is something for everyone.
It is easier to buy a box of these than packets of all 6 types ( although probably more expensive)
They are usually on offer around christmas time.
They keep fresh, just close the lid on the box and put them back in the cupboard.
You can sample the crackers in small amounts to see if you like them. Jacobs also do big packets of all six varieties if you find you really like them.
They are also suitable for vegetarians. But do contain milk, egg and gluten for those who suffer intoleranes. And may contain nuts, sesame seeds and soya for those with allergies.
They are also versatile snack, you can top with all kinds of hard cheese, cottage cheese, soft cheese, pate, smoked salmon etc
The only thing I would say is that they don't have any nutritional values on them, just the ingredients so you'd probably have to consult the bigger packs to find calorie values.
All in all, they are very tasty crackers and good value for money and it's always handy to keep a box in the cupboard as they have good use by dates on ( I bought mine December 2009 and the best before end is August 2010).
Happy Snacking x
My daughter has not long turned two and we have begun having regular story time at night. So lately I've been looking for books to read, especially girly books as havng an older son I've been subjected to pirates and dinosaurs for far too long!
So when I saw this at a book clearance shop I had to pick it up, just the title intrigued me. "The REAL FAIRY storybook"! - stories the fairies tell themselves. The front cover is really attractive ad enticing, a lovely bright pink with lots of little fairies flying around or reading. There's old fairies, young fairies, thimbles, cotton reels and clocks with legs...just from looking at the cover this promised to be a good book.
At the very beginning of the book you'll be introduced to the main characters; Nightwing, Blossom, Trip, Pod and Fancy. Blossom is the old fairy that is in charge of the other fairies.
Moving on, inside this beautiful book you'll find delightful stories like, 'When I was a Tooth Fairy', 'The Sea Horse and The Kelpie King' and 'Princess Curly Long Locks' - charming and sweets stories about the adventures and escapades the fairies get up to, some you'll find quite surprising!
The illustrations are busy and colourful, there's lots to see and spot, the pages are set up like a scrapbook effect with lots of layered images and boxes of text.
All in all, this is a lovely girly book that is sure to be treasured by girls of all ages.
The RRP is £5.99 but it is currently on sale on Amazon for £4.02 ( price correct as of 24th Dec 09)
When my son started full-time school he came home with a letter saying that they were going to start the Jolly Phonics programme in class and that it would help if we were to buy the seven workbooks to support learning at home.
The Jolly Phonics programme teaches skills for reading and writing by introducing children to the english letter sounds through actions.
The workbooks introduce exercises to work on these skills, including how to use letter sounds in reading and writing, tricky spellings, how to form letters and do cursive writing ( joined up letters).
The front of the books are marked 1 - 7 and display the letter sounds that are taught and developed inside. They are as follows:
Book 1: s a t i p n
Book 2: c k e h r m d
Book 3: g o u l f b
Book 4: ai j oa ie ee or
Book 5: z w ng v oo 00
Book 6: y x ch sh th TH
Book 7: qu ou oi ue er ar
The idea is to work through the books in order, as you are introduced to easier letter sounds in the beginning and the more complicated ones later on.
There are also other books and products in the Jolly Phonics range like posters, puppets and parents and teachers guides.
Exercises in the books include:
Writing your name.
Tracing over the dotted letters.
Tracing over dotted words.
Joining letters to each other.
Putting words into alphabetical order.
Looking at pictures and writing what it is underneath ( pictures of cat,sun, hat, bed,dog,pig,net,bus,ant etc.
Drawing a line from the correct picture to the correct word
And the back page has extra activities you can do at home, like making craft animals, drawing clocks and weighing things around the house.
All in all, these are fantastic workbooks and without a doubt have had a huge influence on my son's reading, he is 6 now and can read anything and everything and can spell better than I can!
I bought the set at the Early Learning Centre, I think they were £1.50 each (£10.50 for the set of seven) but you can buy them from Amazon for cheaper.
Highly recommended 5/5
"Amy the Amethyst Fairy" belongs to a series of books by Daisy Meadows (the books are actually written by a few writers, but they use this pseudeonym). There are a lot of books in the series and they are all divided into types of fairies:
THE PET KEEPER FAIRIES
THE GREEN FAIRIES
THE DANCE FAIRIES
THE MAGIC ANIMAL FAIRIES
THE MUSIC FAIRIES
THE FUN DAY FAIRIES
THE PETAL FAIRIES
THE RAINBOW FAIRIES
THE SPORTY FAIRIES
THE WEATHER FAIRIES
THE JEWEL FAIRIES
There are currently at least seven books in each collection, making 84+ books. Amy the Amethyst Fairy belongs to The Jewel Fairies series.
My daughter has started to collect the series and Amy the Amethyst Fairy is one of the first ones she got as her best friend is called Amy.
About the book
The book features all seven of the Jewel fairies but the central character is Amy, it centres on her adventure to retrieve the jewels from Queen Titania's crown which have been stolen by Jack Frost. If she doesn't get the jewels back, the fairies will lose all their magic powers. The story is set in Fairyland, the magical home of the fairies. This is a great book for young girls, and I'll read a few pages to my daughter each night.
There are 80 pages in total and it is divided into 5 chapters:
All Set for Adventure
Now You See it, Now You Don't!
Kirsty Swings into Action
The front cover of each fairy book is a different colour, this book is a bright green with shiny, sparkly stars surrounding a picture of Amy the Fairy in flight. What I like about these books is that the fairy's look like and act like normal girls, they wear jeans and have their hair in bunches. Making it more likely that girls that read the books can identify with them and I think this is why they are so popular.
The font is large so suitable for young readers, I'd suggest girls aged five plus would enjoy these books. There is also a lot of interaction and dialogue between the characters which develops children's language skills when reading aloud.
There are black and white sketches on most pages, limiting the actual words per page but I find they help to keep the reader interested and are useful to picture certain scenes.
Another thing I like about the collection, is that because there are over 84 books in the series, there is the possibility of one with your daughter's name. My daughter is called Evie and this is how I was first introduced to the books as I saw 'Evie the Mist Fairy' for sale in a local book store and just had to buy it.
All in all this is a great book for girls aged 5+ to read by themselves or to read to younger girls that love fairies and magic.
Happy Reading x
"A Ladder to the Stars" is published by Frances Lincoln Limited, not a particulary well known children's publisher but they do have a large collection of both adults and childrens works to their name and are responsible for the Captain Pugwash book series too.
The book is written by Simon Puttock, who was born in New Zealand and now lives in Scotland, he has written many books for children and has won many Scottish literary awards. Saying this, I must admit that I hadn't heard of him until I bought this book.
The story itself is about a girl who makes a wish to dance with the stars. Although it is written for both girls and boys, I'd say the subject matter is more suited to girls as it follows the adventure of the girl when a star hears her wish and decides to make her dream come true. My son wasn't interested in this story at all, so I shall be saving it for my daughter when she's a little older.
The language in the book is quite poetic. I would suggest that younger children may require explanation of some sentences, for example "She looked out and saw a single star dancing in the velvet blue." When I first read this with my son I explained that it is referring to the sky, and he asked "why doesn't it say sky then?" I'd have to agree, it's definitely a book you'd read together first.
The book is illustrated by Alison Jay who has illustrated many picture board books. Her work in "A Ladder to the Stars" has a strong focus on nature; the sky, stars,moon, fields and trees are central to her illustrations and they are full of bold colours and have a whimsical feeling to them. I particulary like a picture of the girl's teddy bear tucked up in bed wth his arms poking over the top of the blankets.
The RRP is £5.99 but you can buy it from the Book Depository website for £4.21.
Happy Reading x
It's that time of year again when very soon we'll all be subjected to a barrage of particulary unfunny christmas cracker jokes around the dinner table. So I thought I would review a Joke book, that is actually very funny.
"The Silliest Joke Book Ever" is published by Puffin Books and was created by people who donated their jokes to make this book. The proceeds from the book sales go to the Jeans for Genes campaign, led by The Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children's charity so a very good cause!
Because so many people donated their jokes, they had to be judged and make the shortlist to go into the book, this means that there are no rubbish ones and none that you've heard a million times over.
The book even contains celebrity jokes, so watch out for these!
The Winning joke of the Jeans for Genes Joke Competition begins the book, I hope I won't be spoiling things or you if I share it with you now:
"Once upon a time, there was an inflatable boy who went to an inflatable school and was taught by an inflatable teacher. One day, the boy bought a pin to school. The teacher said, 'You've let the school down, you've let me down, but most of all, you've let yourself down!"
I love this joke! This book was actually bought for my son, but I think I'm the one who has read it most. So I'd say it is suitable from Age 5+ and will be loved by both boys and girls, young and old.
It's also quite long for a joke book, 128 pages, which I'd say makes it good value for money, and the bonus is that you're supporting a worthwhile cause at the same time.
Al in all, this is a good joke book you can dip into when you need a chuckle. Buy it for your kids and pinch it when they're not looking.
The RRP is £3.99 - but it's currently on sale on Amazon for £3.78 ( £1.66 new if you by it on the marketplace)
This is such a sweet book. I bought this board book for my 2 year old daughter Eve. She doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to story books, having ripped many pages from her older brother's books, destruction is her middle name. Though, spying this in a local book store I figured this would withstand her destructive nature as it's a pretty solid board book.
"Guess How Much I Love You" is published by Walker Books who publish many popular children's stories including "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and the "Where's Wally" books.
It is written by Sam McBratney, a retired teacher from Ireland who has won many awards for his children's books including this one and "You're All My Favourites".
This book has quickly become one of my favourites, it is a sweet and sentimental book that focuses on parental love. The book features just two characters, Little Nutbrown Hare (son) and Big Nutbrown Hare (father) and revolves around Little Hare trying to express just how much he loves Big Hare.
He expresses his love figuratively, by using his arms - opening them as wide as possible to show how vast his love is for his father, but Big Hare replies by doing the same which disappoints his son because his fathers arms are longer.
And so Little Hare thinks of new ways to express his love but of course, each time he is outdone by his father. In the end, Little Hare sleepy with all the thinking announces, 'I love you right up to the moon' and falls asleep. The scene closes with Big Hare kissing his son goodnight and saying 'I love you right up to the moon - and back.' This ending never fails to make me smile.
It is illustrated by Anita Jeram, and the illustrations are truly beautiful, they focus around nature and are in mostly light greens and browns. They are quite simplistic in style, which works well with the theme and makes the story feel honest and almost intimate.
The story is essentially a depiction of how a child sees love measured by physical means, having to map out the size of his love to show his father. When in reality, the parent that reads this book with their child will agree that a parent's love can know no bounds - there's nothing in this world that come close.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend this book....everyone with young children should own a copy. I love it so much and i'm so glad it's a boardbook that will survive my daughter's destructive nature!
Happy reading x
Less people seem to read to their / with their children these days, which is a real shame because it's such a positive thing to do. It sets a routine for your child, ( e.g bath, bed and story ) which is important in all aspects of a child's life, it also calms them down from the excitement of the school day and prepares them for bed, it is also a fundamental activity to develop children's reading skills and last but certainly not least, it's alone time with your child where you can develop your relationship.
This is why I ordered this book from Amazon. 'A Year Full of Stories' contains 366 stories and rhymes, one for each day of the year. I'm forever buying books for my son but once we've read one once he gets bored of the story, sometimes we'll read the same book a few times a week if he liked the tale or the characters but more often than not, he wants to hear something new.
This is why I'd really recommend this book, it's important to stimulate children's imaginations and give them fresh material to read. We'll visit the library a couple of times month and take out a few books at a time...which is much easier on my purse. But when I saw this book on Amazon I thought it was a great and affordable solution. Its RRP is £10.99 but is currently on sale for £8.62.
I didn't know what to expect when I first ordered the book, I just liked the idea that there were enough stories to cover the whole year and we could take it to bed each night, looking forward to the next new story. I'd decided that we would read in order, from cover to cover. But when the book came I was surprised to find it is organised into Months and there is a story or rhyme for each day of the year.
January 9th 'Jumpy Custard'
March 20th ' My Secret Monster'
There is even special stories for special dates:
January 1st 'A Good Start'
February 14th 'Mrs Bear's Valentine'
October 31st 'Ben's Halloween Party'
November 5th 'Bonfire Night'
December 25th 'One Bright Star'
I really like this idea because not only does it take the hassle ( and sometimes arguments) about what story you are going to choose to read, but also it's good to enjoy a topical story at Christmas or on Halloween Night etc. I'm looking forward to Christmas Eve....the story is called 'Father Christmas and the Saucy Pirates!
I would also say that book is suitable for both girls and boys as the stories aren't particularly boyish or girlish, the illustrations are bright and colourful and the cover is a nice bright yellow.
The illustrations are really good for a book of this sort, a favourite story of mine is Janury 5th's 'Noah's Park', ( a humourous take on the story of Noah and his ark) it is illustrated beautifully with a funny picture of Noah hanging out his washing on a washing line, including pink bloomers, red polka dot boxer shorts and orange stripy socks. With mice passing him pegs, squirrels passing him the clothes and penguins looking on in sunglasses.
My son keeps his books in his bedroom but I hide this book seperately and only bring it out at bedtime as it adds to the excitement of what that night's story will be.
Another thing I like is that the book is multicultural, with the characters from different nationalities.
On a slight downside, the stories and rhymes are quite short so dont take long to read, but what we will do sometimes is read one that we have read earlier in the book ( we never skip ahead).
A wonderful book that I would whole-heartedly recommend to all mums and dads.
Happy Reading x
We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a truly delightful children's book, written by Michael Rosen. As you may be able to guess from the title, the story follows the tale of a family going on a bear hunt. The key points for me are:
The book delivers lots of repetition, which helps children and their development of the english language. There is a pattern to this with the following lines appearing on the first few pages:
'We're going on a Bear Hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We're not scared.'
There are plenty of opportunities to discuss feelings/emotions.
"Bravery" in the line 'We're not scared, we're going to catch a big one'
"Fear" in the line 'IT'S A BEAR!! Quick, back through the cave!
You can also get quite animated in the story and use your voice to add excitment and tension. For example, reading:
'We're not scared' in a brave confident voice.
'Quick, back through the cave!' in an excited, scared voice.
'Tiptoe! Tiptoe! Tiptoe!' in a quiet voice etc etc
The font is large and easy to read for young readers too, so you have the choice to read to your child, have him read to you or read together. I like to take turns reading pages with my son, that way he doesn't get too fed up reading the whole story to me, and he is involved and developing his reading skills at the same time.
Helen Oxenbury has illustrated it beautifully, the pictures follow the story and are in keeping with the family adventure theme with the children playful and the father carrying baby on his shoulders. The colours are muted, not garish and bright, and overall they have a sense of the old fashioned and traditional about them.
Another thing that is particulary good about this edition of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' is that it comes with a DVD, I found this engaged my son more with the story. It's very hard to get children excited about books what with computers, televisions and video games proving more popular, but this is a happy compromise. We'll read the story and he gets to watch the DVD after - it's quite a short DVD as the book itself is short, 5-10 minutes.
All in all, a great book to enjoy with your children.