on 14 November 2011
This is a fabulous advent Calendar. I intend to keep and continue using it for a very long time. It has been Beautifully done. The illustrations are beautiful and the way in which the story is divided and ordered amongst the books ensure that it keeps a child's attention as it often jumps between the actions of different people on different days. This prevents the feeling that you know what is going to happen on the next day.
I think that it was an excellent choice to use small card books rather than their paper equivalent as they are less fragile than they might otherwise be and therefore more child friendly. The touch of being able to add the little books to your Christmas tree is also a really nice touch.
Unlike many paper advent calendars this can easily be reused. Admittedly this will only be the second year I have used it so I couldn't comment on its long term longevity as yet!
The only downside is that it can sometimes be difficult to pull the books out of the calendar, the string intended for putting them on the tree actually often helps you to get the books out of the calendar. On a couple of days the card that was holding the book in place ended up bent slightly but not enough to spoil the look of the calendar but you would probably need to supervise a young child taking out the book to ensure than it wasn't more badly damaged.