Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Orion Books Review Round Up

We were sent three more great books to review.  Books make great inexpensive presents for Christmas.  We tend to pick something they will really love each year, to make sure Christmas is not just dominated by electronic gadgetry and hocus-pocus!  Spotting books are always well received by youngest, he has had the Where’s Wally books and Where’s different Smurfs, so we were at a loss what he could spot next!  Luckily Orion Books came to the rescue with “Where’s Dogmatix?” (RRP £8.99).

I remember being a fan of Asterix when I was a child, it’s a fond trip down memory lane leafing thorough the pages of this book.  The spotting leaves enough of a challenge for your child without being too hard!  Handily if they are struggling the solutions are at the back of the book.  You could give a younger child a little clue or two if you wanted to be kind or work your way through the book together, a nice family activity before bedtime.

The scenes are very colourful with lots of action in them!  Very appealing for boys with lots of soldiers, commotion and some silliness!  The pages are crammed with an assortment of characters, animals, weapons and armour so you really do spend quite a lot of time on each page.

There is also a little challenge to determine if you’re a champion, by totting up the number of bones you have been awarded for each page completed.

I cannot believe somehow “Where’s Asterix?” went under our fantastic book spotting radar!  So that is one we shall be adding to the Christmas list to play catch up.

My eldest son is pretty crazed about two things at the moment, Skylanders and Deadly 60; his morning is not complete until he has had an episode of it before heading off to school.  He loves soaking up all the information about the different species of animals around the world and all their unique features.  So for him he was ecstatic to add a book to his routine.  

Before bed now, he is learning all about Insects and Spiders, thanks to this useful fact book.  Am surprised he can go to bed with all those pictures of creepy crawlies in his head, but he does quite happily!  I love encouraging his fascination with wildlife and will be adding the Mammal fact book to his Christmas stocking!

Finally we returned to Buffin Street with “The Haunted House of Buffin Street” (RRP £4.99).  But all is not as it seems so do not worry if you think your children will be in the wrong frame of mind to drift off to sleep there is a twist!  

The crafty pets of Buffin Street come up with a plan to stop one of their friends and his owners moving away.  Would you buy a house that appeared haunted?  I would not; I would run a mile unless Sam and Dean (off Supernatural) were there to hold my hand!

At the back of the book are some useful questions to ask you child to see how much they understood of the story and reinforce their experience of the book.

Another lovely addition to the Early Reader series

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