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Review: Gregory Goose In On The Loose board book series by Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley.

Review: Gregory Goose In On The Loose board book series by Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley.

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Featuring On The Moon and In The Jungle

Gregory Goose gets everywhere. The trouble is, it can be difficult to keep up with him when there is so very much to see. This wonderful board book series challenges readers to find Gregory Goose on journeys through different environments.

With bright and attractive pictures, these books offer an exciting game of hide-and-seek.

This format is ever popular, but what I love about the Gregory Goose series is it doesn’t push the game on the reader. It is just as possible to read through one of the books to enjoy the setting as it is to stop and search for Gregory Goose. Every double page spread introduces something new – so when Gregory Goose goes to the moon, for example, we are first introduced to rockets, then to stars, then to planets and so on. This makes the books excellent vocabulary builders. The close focus on one location makes it easy for the reader to pick up new words.

Gregory Goose himself looks friendly and inquisitive – much like a young child exploring the world for the first time. He is a kindred spirit on the great adventure that is this world. 

There is a rhyme scheme to the text, but it feels entirely natural, much like being spoken to in a slightly sing-song voice. This makes the books perfect for repetition – and they will certainly be on repeat for many readers!

The perfect books for little adventurers on the hunt for new facts about the world. 

 

Thanks to Catch A Star for my copies of the books featured in this review. Opinions my own.

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Review: I thought I saw a … series by Lydia Nichols

Review: I thought I saw a … series by Lydia Nichols

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I thought I saw a penguin. Is it behind the sunshade?

A trip to the beach gets exciting as a penguin pops up in different places, while a monkey causes havoc in a supermarket. Everywhere is made more exciting by the appearance of an animal friend, and what better game to play than hide-and-seek. 

Slide the picture across, around and up and down. A sandcastle pops up, doors open and close and monkey slides out behind the shelves. These innovative sliders add heaps of fun as the animals are found in whole new ways. Readers will enjoy guessing and remembering how the animal will be revealed. 

There’s heaps of fun to be had on a trip outside. 

These books are not only great games, but they also introduce different things which happen in ordinary locations. Vocabulary is built as the reader is introduced to location-specific words like sunshade, beach hut and parasol. This will be absorbed without anybody noticing – they’ll be having far too much fun with the sliders to realise that they are learning. 

While the cardboard is sturdy and the sliders are friendly to little fingers, they also move in complex ways. It is recommended that this book is shared with an adult or older reader, and smaller readers might need help to manipulate the sliders. This is actually fantastic news because it helps develop fine motor skills.

A friendly and fun series which introduces readers to the outdoor world. 

 

Thanks to Templar Publishing for my gifted books. Opinions my own.