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The Gruffalo Magnet Book Board book – Illustrated, 2 Oct 2009
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Julia Donaldson is one the UK's most popular children's authors. Her many award-winning picture books include THE GRUFFALO (978-0-333-71093-7) and its sequel, THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD (978-1-4050-2046-6). Julia is always much in demand for her brilliant events at schools and literary festivals.
Axel Scheffler enjoys worldwide acclaim for his humorous illustrations. In addition to his picture books, Axel is also the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books such as the bestselling THE BEDTIME BEAR (978-1-4050-4993-1) and MOTHER GOOSE'S ACTION RHYMES (978-0-230-01814-3).
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The magnets are in several groups - there is a set for playing noughts and crosses (or tic tac toe to an American audience), where you can be the gruffalo or the mouse. Then there are various monster parts, including feet, hands, bodies, heads and tails, so that your child can create their own monster. Finally there are various wildlife themed magnets for adding to the pages of the book to create the pictures, and fill out the theme of the story.
At the end of the book there is a quiz, which my son also enjoyed. There is potential for lots of use of this version of the popular story, with the proviso that it does need adult supervison, both to get the most out of it, and also because there are approx. sixty magnets, some of which are ridiculously small, and easily lost. If you want your child to continue getting lots out of this magnet book, you will need to make sure all the magnets are still there at the end of the play session (that was the only real drawback I found, and the reason for deducting one star).
All in all though, this would make a nice present for a child of the right age, although it may not be quite such good value for money if they already have a version of the story, and are only buying this for the extras.
Substantially constructed with a robust clip to hold the book together, a carrying handle turning it into a little briefcase. There is easy access to the two box sections where there is a place for everything - a miniature copy of the book itself and a collection of flat, 60 magnetic pieces that are to be used in the two little games offered and for general imaginative play. Like the old fashioned fuzzy felts these handy magnets allow the child to illustrate their own pages of stories with helpful hints scattered throughout.
More than satisfactory for small fingers to place about the pages the cheerful magnet pictures will keep a three to six year old happy for many quiet moments. The level of play can be raised or lowered according to ability.
A delightful gift with many possibilities to explore.
It is worth noting though, some of the magnets are microscopically small. If you have a young child it's best to remove those from the pack as soon as possible. I think my toddler ate most of them.
The play scene pages also contain little games/quiz type activities for children to do which I didn't like so much. They took up room that I would have like to have been used to make the play scene bigger. One of the games is a version of noughts and crosses and would therefore need a partner to play.
Overall I liked the resource but think it might be better for 7+ year olds.
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it has brought a new angle to story telling and helped to involve the children more.