Ah yes, the world of Rastamouse. Personally I don’t see much in the guy but Jonny (three) just loves him! His sister Sophie (seventeen months) loves books, especially of the pop-up and lift-the-flap variety, so Da Missin’ Musician covers all the bases and has led to many hours of reading. Plus taking turns to lift the flaps instils those life lessons parents are constantly trying to promote (obviously this only works a fraction of the time and the glue has come in useful on a few occasions.)
When the musician goes missing for the concert Da Easy Crew begins to solve the mystery...
As a parent this is not one of my favourite books to read as I’m not particularly good at accents anyway, and Jamaican is impossible. However, on the plus side this has also led to many moments of Jonny (and dad) ridiculing me and laughing hysterically at my ineptitude. I like to think I’m teaching him that it’s fine to be rubbish at some things (quite a lot of things) as long as you give them a go. I’m still convincing myself of this.
However, I have to admit to secretly liking the book. It’s quite a grown-up lift-the flap book and is very creative in its layout. The placing of the flaps and their use within the storyline is very creative and much more sophisticated than any other book of this sort that I’ve seen. The illustrations are so bold and colourful, and there is a lot to look at on each page. The story is long enough that the book is actually quite long. This makes it a really interesting book that is perfect for Jonny and Sophie’s age range.
The Wicked Sticker Fun! book is really well thought-out and is a great teaching resource which is fun. With more than sixty stickers and sixteen pages the book requires the child to use the stickers to answer questions, and pencils/crayons to complete tasks.
For example, there’s colouring in, designing, counting, mazes, finding items, and counting. Each page is clearly set out with colourful illustrations and good-quality pages. The stickers are good quality too so they don’t rip easily.
Both books together would make a lovely present.
Copies of these books were received free of charge. This has not in any way affected our opinion of the product and as always our review is completely honest.