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This book is solidly written and is better than the average book aimed at this age range. While my sister does show a preference for it along with her beloved "Hairy Maclary" I feel this is more due to the fact that she has always watched the TV show. That said, the book is well illustrated and the storyline makes sense which is more than can be said for many books out there. Most of the vocabulary is fairly simplistic which means that she can read it to me as well as I reading it to her. Having several cats of our own, I find that bringing up a similarity between Jess his cat and one of our own is a good way of drawing her attention back to the book when she starts to get frustrated. Pausing for a discussion of how Jess feels about what is going on and whether or not she would be purring is a good way of keeping her interested in what is happening as well as helping her to relate to it.
Writer : John Cunliffe Released : 2006 Paperback (hardcover available) 16 pages Available from Amazon UK from 1p (new or used) *~*Postman Pat At The Seaside*~* This paperback book is one of many Postman Pat books. Postman Pat lives in Greendale Village and faces daily obstacles in his job as a postman. At The Seaside can be recognised by the seaside type scene on the front cover. It features many of the regular characters including Pat, Jess, Ted Glen, Reverend Timms and a few others. The basic plot of the book features around a mishap with Ted Glen. He is transporting sand and it spills in Greendale. PC Selby and Postman Pat attempt to scoop up the sand in various ways but they cannot manage it so they end up turning the sand into a mini beach for the residents of Greendale. *~*Our Opinion*~* We bought this book from our local Poundland earlier this year. My son is obsessed with Postman Pat and as some of you may know, his Daddy is a postman so you can see where the obsession started! We were happy to add this one to our collection and we read through it often. At The Seaside features some lovely pictures and scenes that you would expect to see in the show. The pictures aren't overly bright and are quite traditional which is what you expect from an old show such as Postman Pat. Each page is mainly made up of pictures with a few sentences of writing. The writing is quite small and mainly conversational. My son cannot read at the moment as he is only 3 so Mummy has to do the voices and I am good at them now considering how many times we have watched Postman Pat! The words are easy to understand and my son can relate to what I am saying as I read the book. *~*Lets Build Sandcastles!*~* This is a fun little book and one which is very easy to read and look at the pictures. My son is able to identify the different characters and also the different areas of Greendale from looking at the pictures so they definently reflect the show. The story is one which Boo enjoys and gets right into when we are reading it. I think this may be down to the fact that there are lots of characters in it and everyone gets involved. There is a lot going on and the scene changes regularly to keep it fresh and keep his mind wondering what is going to happen on the next page. While I do not like to give too much away regarding the plot, it is mostly detailed on the book blurb at the back or on Amazon and it really is a simple book overall. The story progresses well and we see the characters join together as a team to resolve the sand issue. There is a bit of problem solving as they come up with ideas of how to move the sand. They is a funny scene involving a hoover which Boo finds amusing. The story progresses to show that something good can come out of a mishap like spilling sand. Greendale is transformed and all the children have fun at the mini beach. This is Boos favourite part of the book as he likes to see Julian and his friends happy. He is a considerate little boy! He also likes to look through this book on his own and replay what he has remembered me reading to him (with added extras such as going for ice cream). *~*Conclusion*~* This is a cheap little book which is more fun than educational. It is one that we enjoy reading together and is something a bit different from the Postman Pat stories about him out in his van with Jess. Thanks for reading :)