Carlton Book Review
I consider myself to be really lucky that Sophie is as passionate about books as I am. I cannot go to a shop without seeing if there are any kids books for sale. Typically, if Sophie shows a particular interest in one, I end up buying it!
So, as Sophie & I are such avid book lovers, I was really pleased when we were asked to complete a Carlton Book Review from the publishers. Carlton have a wide range of publications including adult fiction, non-fiction & children’s books.
I was sent their latest catalogue & was delighted to be asked to choose two books. Being a total softy, I chose books that Sophie would be keen to help me review.
What did we choose for our Carlton Book Review?
I decided to choose two books from the ‘My First Creativity’ series. This series is intended to support early learning with activities linked to maths, literacy, science, creativity, game playing & developing fine motor skills.
As Sophie is a dinosaur fan (thanks to George Pig aka Peppa Pig’s brother) I was immediately drawn to the ‘Dinosaurs’ activity book. We also chose the ‘Fairies’ book from the same set. We hadn’t ever explored the ‘Fairy’ theme before & thought this would be a nice introduction.
These books are also described as ‘On The Go’. This suggests that these books are also intended as ‘boredom busters’ when travelling. Most of the pages only require a pencil or a few crayons with a range of attractive stickers provided within the book. Stickers are always a winner in our house! A small number of activities do require scissors so supervision would be needed.
As soon as the books arrived I immediately noticed that that they were made of good quality paper & appeared more durable than many similar books – ideal for little scribblers!!!
After a quick skim of the book, I would estimate that, at 3 years old children would be able to use the book, but would need adult help. To read the instructions & complete all of the activities independently, children would more typically be 5 years & older. However, even at just two years old, we found plenty of things to talk about & enjoy with Sophie.
What did we like?
The first page of both books had a space for a child to write their name, making it nice and personal. Page 2 outlined what was in the book & page 3 set a challenge e.g. find the T-Rex’s four children who are hiding somewhere in the rest of the book. The stickers on sheets at the back of the books were of good quality, being both bright & colourful.
We liked that many pages were multi-coloured e.g. the ‘Fairies All Year Round’ activity. This showed the characters dressed in seasonal attire – Sophie loved these!
On the other hand, several of the activity pages were also two-tone – pink & white in the ‘Fairies’ book & green & white in the ‘Dinosaurs’ book. This sounds a little dull, but actually made sense for the given activities. It meant the tasks were clear & unencumbered by unnecessary detail allowing young children to be more focused on the activity. Examples of this were totalling the spikes & spots of different dinosaurs or completing a fairy dot-to-dot picture.
There are plenty of activities for boys & girls to enjoy in both of these books e.g. spot the difference, puzzles, counting, colouring, designing, mazes & matching activities. The books (rightly so) don’t appear to be pushed towards a particular gender. Eric the Elf & other male elves make regular appearances in the ‘Fairies’ book. This is alongside Fay, Faith, Fleur & Freya – not easy to say when you’re two!!!
Although Sophie was too young to understand many of the activities she loved the pictures, being read some of the rhymes, playing with the fairy & dinosaur finger puppets & in particular having a dinosaur mask! The ‘Dinosaurs’ book was definitely our favourite. I am keeping the other activity pages & stickers until she is a little older & can start to work out the puzzles for herself.
I thought these books were really well thought out. They cover a differing range of activities, are well laid out & printed on good quality paper. Children can never resist a sticker & there are plenty to use on particular pages or for their own designs. The ‘official’ price shows £5.99 – totally worth it for a treat or present &, for older ones, keeping them occupied on a long journey.
We received a copy of these 2 books for the purpose of this Carlton Book Review. This is not a sponsored post & all opinions are our own.