Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Doodle & Draw Spots, Stripes, Squiggles Review

This month as part of Parragon's book buddies scheme we were sent Doodle and Draw Spots, Stripes and Squiggles to review.


As soon as this book arrived my 4 year old got stuck straight in. He has never been big on drawing where he comes up with his own ideas but prefers more structured colouring and patterns so this book has been perfect for him. What I like about it is that its easy for my son to read the instructions himself as well as see on each page what he is being asked to do. On most pages you have to complete the patterns using stripes, swirls, circles to complete the pictures. My son started with the spiderweb below and enjoyed connecting the segments and adding spiders in. It has been great to see him putting the time and effort in to completing each page and it is great for pen control too all skills that children in their reception year need.


The book itself it very gender neutral which I like and the paper is very good quality and not that flimsy kind that you sometimes get. It is very sturdy and the pen doesn't show through. We have been taking this in our activity bag when we head out and about as it has hours and hours of fun in it and lots of variety. It has been really nice to find a book that is more than just a colouring book that can captivate my son and hold his concentration. The book also encourages counting and matching and has lots of learning opportunities throughout it.


Overall we have really enjoyed doodling in this book and learning all about patterns and we would recommend it as it has so much packed into it. It would also make a lovely gift for a birthday.

If you would like to buy your own copy you can find it here: Doodle and Draw Spots, Stripes and Squiggles.

Disclaimer: I received this product from the publisher for free. However, they have not paid me for this review, and they do not exercise any editorial control over my review or anything else on this site.

The Good Little Bad Little Pig Review

In February as part of Parragon's book buddies scheme we were sent The Good Little Bad Little Pig to review written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Loretta Schauer. 


This has to be one of my all time favourite books to read with my three year old.  In the story Peter wants a perfect little pig for a pet. Not a bad little pig, and not a good little pig. Peter wants a good little bad little pig. It is a really lovely little story and my son who is called Peter too was very captivated by it. It is really easy to read and for every bad thing the pig seems to do he also does a well behaved thing too which makes him a very lovable character. It reminded me a lot of what its like having children and the ups and downs you have with them.


The illustrations are fantastic and really capture the essence of the story in them. The pig looks so cute in the images and my son instantly wanted to read the story as soon as he saw the cover. I also like how they have captured the sounds that the pig makes like "Galump-gump gump gump gump" as when I make these pig noises it makes my son laugh a lot! 


If you would like to buy a copy of The Good Little Bad Little Pig you can find it here: The Good Little Bad Little Pig. At £5.99 I think the book is good value for money and would make a lovely gift. We have really enjoyed this months book and I would recommend. Margaret Wise Brown has written other books that we have reviewed previously so feel free to look at those too, some of our other favourites are: The Diggers, The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile.


Disclaimer: I received this product from the publisher for free. However, they have not paid me for this review, and they do not exercise any editorial control over my review or anything else on this site.