I am a bit of a bookworm, and it’s a love that I hope to pass on to my children. And when we received two books from the Happy Street range, we all fell in love with them.
We started with the Cafe book. It looks like an ordinary children’s story book, and follows a lovely interactive story about a cafe. The 4 year old is desperate to learn to read, so the lovely word labels inside were really helpful for her. When you get to the end of the book, it opens out in to a play scene. One section is perforated, and contains some little characters to build. This is not at all fiddly, and really easy to do.
When it’s built, the play scene is surprisingly sturdy. And the characters are well designed, even the backs of them are not blank!
After they had played with the cafe for a while, I broke out the Toy Shop. Exactly the same format, and it meant that they had one each to play with.
Now, unfortunately for me, the 4 year old is not daft. It has not escaped her attention that the range contains a supermarket and pet shop too. And I have to admit that the four of them lined up together would look pretty cool. And she has already started adding her own toys in to the mix, these books make a great backdrop for any story.
The 3 year old has asked if Father Christmas can bring the other two books, but I am not sure I can wait that long!
We really enjoyed these books, and they kept the kids entertained for hours. And then the next morning, these books were the first thing they both reached for. I think they would be ideal for travel too. Just a small book to fit in their travel bag, but they open up in to a whole world of play. I wish I had some of these for our recent 9 hour flight to Florida, they would have entertained them quietly for ages!