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1.0 out of 5 stars Why not get the soft back book?, 15 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Gruffalo Jigsaw Book (Board book)
If you are thinking of buying the jigsaw version of the Gruffalo, or indeed any other jigsaw version of a successful children's book, as a present for a child other than your own (which is the market at which I suspect that these books are aimed) then I would urge you to take your money and instead buy a normal copy of the book, either a soft back or a board book.

Over the years we've been given several of these jigsaw books, including this one, by kind relatives and they have quickly been consigned to the limbo of unwanted toys. The jigsaw pieces are thin and flimsy and far too difficult for small hands with limited co-ordination to fit together. (Obviously how co-ordinated your child is will depend on the child, but I have found my under 5s unable to manage such flimsy pieces.) The pieces bend very easily. Children rip them out and can't put them in again - cue lost pieces, and pieces scattered all over the place. If you stand the book up on a shelf, then when you take it down and open it up, the pieces at that page often fall out. If you try to tuck it into a front facing bookcase like the Tidy Books ones, the book is too fat for comfort. Its an appallingly ungrateful thing to say, but my heart just sinks whenever we receive one of these books. I just know they'll end up largely unused, and causing frustration when they are used.

The Gruffalo is a lovely book - why not just buy an ordinary copy? That way you'll save some money, too, that you can spend on an ordinary copy of another book for the under 4 age group - perhaps The Tiger Who came to Tea, or We're Going on a Bear Hunt. (By the way I wish I could review the Bear Hunt jigsaw book - I am not sure why this is shown as unpublished, and so unreviewable, when I've had a copy of it for a month. As well as all the above vices, it has more text on each page than the normal soft back, too much for a young child, making it difficult to retain children's interest in the words. The soft back is so much better.)

Like another reviewer, I am very cynical about these expensive jigsaw versions of successful books. I really don't like the idea that kind and generous people are buying them as presents for young children when they could do much better. (Incidentally, though, I have found the Usborne Jigsaw books - which are basically just jigsaws in a binder, for instance they do a pirate one - are much better made and very good for a rather older age group, 5 or 6.)
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