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4.5* Wonderful treat for kids, and one that will need mum or dad to help with the fiddly bits = family fun
on 17 July 2010
From the description, I wasn't entirely sure what I would be getting when I asked for this book, but it was the best kind of surprise.
It's aimed at KS1, 5+ years and up, and is a visual delight. The book is made of a sturdy hardcover, and on the inside flap, there is a User Manual i.e. short paragraphs of info that take the reader through the Egyptian Tomb, Moon, Reef Reck and Volcano pop-up scenarios. These are short and simple and tie in totally with the pop-ups. My only critcism is that when the book is new, the pages, which are glossy and brilliant, stick together a bit, and I had to take care to avoid tearing them when opening them for the first time.
Each of the pop-up pages are very well illustrated, very well designed and very sturdy, so that when little hands hold the book down flat on a table or even a lap, the pop-up is revealed perfectly. The pop-ups themselves are very well 'engineered', and done in such a way that even if you think you need to give them a helping hand by holding them down before turning the page or closing the book - don't! It's done like origami and everything works like clockwork. As you finish one section, a clever little reinforced corner allows you to tuck in the edge of that finished page so that the next opens easily.
Now for the best bit, I would say, from a kid's POV: the bit on the back page that says Robots Inside: you have to tear off the sticky circle carefully to reveal the treasures and out come several pieces of beautifully cut and designed 'cut-outs', which parents can help fashion into the robots that are used for each of the theme areas in the book. These appear sturdy enough, but the only reason that the book loses half a star is that little hands and little readers can be impatient, and if so, the cut-out pieces could become torn, therefore requiring surgery of the Blue Peter type i.e. sticky tape and scissors. Hence, this is where mum or dad, or an older sibling come in handy.
Overall, it's a great experience for a little explorer, one perhaps aimed more at a boy than a girl, simply due to the theme, but it's a great way for parents and children to interact, and a good exercise in dexterity, exploration and in imparting information in a fun way. This book, the way in which it has been written and designed is a tribute to the author, his background and his skills in every way.