Illustrated by: Bella Bee and Mike Garton
Published: Parragon Books, 2014
Print Length: 128 pages
Narrated By: N/A
Genre: Children’s Activity Book, Preschool Workbook, Preschool Activity Book, Doodle Book
Where Did I Get It? I kindly received a copy from the publisher in return for this review as part of their Book Buddy scheme.
Blurb: Copy, complete and colour patterns on stars, birds, boats and much more! Learn as you go with simple concepts like counting and matching.
My Review: We have a small mountain of activity books at our house and often they get two pages completed then ignored forever-after, but Spots, Stripes and Squiggle has avoided this fate by being just that little bit more awesome.
It is such a simple concept, full of easy activities that Arthur (just turned four) can understand and have a good go at. The freedom of the book is great – so many books are very strict with their instructions but this one lets him play whilst he completes the pages – drawing swirly patterns onto some friendly looking sheep for example. There is no right or wrong way and he had a whale of a time doing it which is the key thing.
There are pages of colour-by-dots and a variety of ‘follow the line’ activities as well as opportunities to continue patterns and let the creativity flow. Arthur often chooses this book to take with him to do whilst he waits for his big sister to have her swimming lessons and it gets dragged out on lazy afternoons at home as well. It has everything from doughnuts to dinosaurs which means that regardless of what mood Arthur is in, he can find something that appeals.
It’s great quality, with thick paper that can withstand vigorous felt-tip colouring and at over 100 pages long it ill keep a little one quiet for HOURS before it is finished with. I am already planning on buying a couple more copies as gifts for little people I know.
My Rating: 5/5*