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Muffin: Bedtime Cuddles Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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Cuddle up at bedtime with Muffin, the yummiest small brown bear.
About the Author
Clara Vulliamy was born in London, the daughter of author and illustrator Shirley Hughes and her husband, John Vulliamy. She studied at Chelsea School of Art, The Ruskin and the Royal Academy. Clara started concentrating on writing and illustrating children's books when she had children of her own and has now written and illustrated many stories for children and babies. She lives in Twickenham, with her husband and their children Jack and Martha and three guinea pigs.
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The book consists of ten pages in addition to the front and back cover and of those twelve pages/covers only three of them have any touch and feel element to them at all (front cover moon, second page four stars and ninth page Muffin's tummy). The last page does has a flip back section but I don't believe that can really be counted as a touch and feel page. I am sorry but I fail to see how a book can claim to be touch and feel with less than half of it actually having touch and feel elements, so the description on the back of the book "Little hands will enjoy the touch and feel as they help him search. An interactive book for young children to explore." is a bit of a mis-description.
On the plus points for the book it's got lots of bright colours and the illustrations are lovely. The book is a thickish board type book so should be able to survive some bashing around by your little one. The book is a story about Muffin the bear who as the title suggests is looking for someone to cuddle before his bedtime. The story itself is short and sweet but that's what you want really with young ones when you are putting them to bed as long stories just tend to lose their attention.
As I said above it's a pity regarding the lack of touch and feel elements and maybe the publisher's may re-visit this one and put more in. Unfortunately won't be a favourite in our house as just could have done with a bit more interaction for my little one.
Once inside the first page there are four small glitter stars but nothing exciting to touch or feel as the stars aren't particularly thrilling to little ones.
You then have to wait until page 9 for the next touchy feely bit which is when bear tell the readers 'Its cuddle time' and you can then rub a slightly furry tummy. Last page is a lift up page with a window. I hoped something exciting was lurking under here ..but nope..nothing here either except bears tucked up in bed.
The narrative is simple, boring and unimaginative. I would not call this a touchy feely book at all and I felt this was a big disappointment. I cant see any little ones asking for this to be read to them more than once. Not impressed. :(
The issues with the book do not stop here as there is also a problem with the story itself; it is very bland. Muffin goes from place to place looking for a person/object to hug, only to be disappointed with the different hug sensations on offer e.g. too hard etc. Not the worst story, but the problems occur when you realise that this touchy feely book has no corresponding textures. If something is hard, a texture on the page should indicate this. Far too many pages in this book have no feel elements, making the story a confusing one. Did Orchard Books decide to cut the budget without telling the author?
`Bedtime Cuddles' is a disappointing book; its basic structure is undermined further by its lack of textures. There is little to recommend this book, especially when the far superior `That's Not My ...' series is available.
This book touts itself as 'touch and fee' but there's very little in the way of tactile surfaces to fondle. The story is bland but OK in a childish sort of way (it's about finding something to cuddle), but I'm a strong believer that just because it's a children's book it doesn't mean the story has to be dumb-down. You can still write fun, engaging and imaginative stories that children will understand and that parents can enjoy too.
There felt like there had been little effort put into this book - or perhaps that all the effort had been put into the illustrations and the story was secondary; which in some respects is putting the cart before the horse. It's OK, but a bit bland and it is a sad let down on the touch and feel front.
It is meant from age 0 years upwards, so it's not at all heavy-going, yet it claims to be a 'with touch and feel' book, but it had very little of the latter, which was on the cover, the first page and the penultimate page. I was expecting more of the kind of 'touch and feel' stuff you'd find on a baby play-mat, and for the price, this wasn't up to scratch.
However, it is nicely illustrated, and unlike 2 of the other children's books that I've reviewed today, does have some educational value, but I wouldn't buy it at the RRP, as it doesn't quite live up to its claim.
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