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I bought this for my Son for Christmas last year as he loves the Cbeebies series on TV and also loves books so it seemed an obvious choice. This annual has to be one of the best around. It is full of lots of full colour pages containing lots of different stories, activities and information about all the characters (including every train such as Coco, Brewster, Wilson etc). My son was 2 at the time he received this book and he absolutely loved it. As did my 6 year old daughter so it was well worth the money. Like another reviewer said we bought ours in part of a 3 for £10 deal from the Works but if you hunt around you can always find annuals on offer in different shops including all the major supermarkets. The annual itself is made from good high quality paper and all the illustrations and activities are fantastic. The stories are a nice length (not too short but not too long) and there are loads of things to look at together for younger children. I would easily recommend this annual to any child who loves trains or enjoys the tv series.
The Chuggington Annual for 2010 is one of the nicer Christmas annuals that I flicked through in the shops this year. That's why we bought it home for our Chuggington-mad grandson of course! It retails at £6.99, but a lot of shops have them included in offers like two annuals for £10. We got our as part of a special 3 for £10 deal at the Works, though if you want to get it at a reasonable price on it's own then Amazon is probably your best bet, where they're selling it for £4.66. The TV series of Chuggington features on CBeebies, suggesting that this is a show aimed at pre-schoolers. But it actually appeals to children right up to six or seven years old, and this annual would be a bit useless to a child under three years of age. A child needs to be able to follow short stories and control a pen or crayon with direction and intent to get anything out of this really. It's not an 'In the Night Garden' jobby we've got here, but more 'Bob the Builder' meets 'Thomas the Tank Engine'. There are 100 pages in this hardcover annual, and each page has a glossy feel and is splashed full of bright, eye-catching colours. There are lots of child-friendly puzzles and games in here, including things like mazes, colouring in and dot-to-dot puzzles. There are also lots of activity suggestions, things to make and do, and an array of short Chuggington stories as well. Being a TV show all about trains, I'm sure it'll come as no surprise to find that the majority of this album is all about, yes you've guessed it, trains. There are so many different Chuggington trains that I doubt your youngster will get bored by this though. 100 pages is a good length really, as that's about the same as if you bought a child seven or eight comics (minus all the adverts and picture pages from the comics!). I've seen much fewer page counts in some of the annuals out this year. There's a big variety of activities and stories in here, and this will probably last for a good month or two after Christmas is over. Even after you have finished the puzzles and the activities, you've still got the stories to hang onto the annual for use as bedtime stories in the future. Obviously this has been bought as a Christmas present, so I can't report on the grandson's reaction to this just yet! But I can say that I'm really imressed with it and positive that he will thoroughly enjoy this. The puzzles are in simple formats that offer the odd challenge for the brighter child, and the stories are simple but effective. Even if you pay the full RRP of £6.99 for this, I don't think you'll be disappointed - and neither will your little Chuggington fan.