Ok I have to put out a disclaimer…..pop up books make my heart pound. Not in an excited, “What is going to happen next” kind of way, no more like the “OMG this thing is going to be ruined in about 4.5 seconds, I don’t even want to touch it at all” kind of way. I think I may have hyperventilated when we opened our box of books from the new to Canada line Twirl Books. With the tagline Twirl. Turning heads, shaping minds. I figured I had to get over my dislike of pop ups.
The first book the boys grabbed out of the box was The Ultimate Book of Vehicles. I dreaded that pop up horror but I can honestly say the three of us devoured every page! We sat down with it and flipped, slid and rotated all 60+ interactive vehicles for the next half hour. At 2 years old Smashie was definitely too rough to not be helped with the moving elements but for 5 year old Bug it was developmentally right on target. I can still hear in my mind the sound they made as we flipped to each new page, it was a gasp of wonder and delight and it WAS PERFECT!
Yes, I did tell them to be careful and helped to open the little doors and fold them perfectly on the crease but I was just as captivated as they were. Bug was so proud he made hubby sit down with him the next night and do everything again. I will say I have had to tape one little bit that I missed opening the first go round and Bug ripped it trying to get it open on his own. But now that they are all opened we have had no further ‘incidents’ and have read this one several times over already.
The illustrations are big and bright with notes about the vehicle types. The interactive elements are fun and vary from simple doors to sliders and fold outs. Bug has yet to tire from checking everything out.
Read on to check out what the rest of the box contained and to enter to win…..
Smashie really liked the carry strap on the side of Jojo’s First Word Book. He carried it around the house and pointed out the ‘feature’ multiple times as only a toddler can! The tabs divide the book into sections including home and getting dressed with bright, fun illustrations that toddlers can easily relate to.
Presto Change-o changes everyday items like a salad into animals like a turtle using sliding and moving elements. We have played around with this book a few times but Bug has no interest in actually reading the text. He was happy to show it off to hubby but just wanted to flip through it quickly. I hope he will come around to check it out a bit more.
Smashie and I have read A Tree for All Seasons EVERY SINGLE NIGHT since we got it. It is has very simple text with little doors that reveal critters that live in the tree. The book is chunky and perfect for small toddler hands. There is one page for each season with winter being the back cover. Smashie loves all the little animals on each page and telling me what he sees. It is a great book to engage him by counting apples, talking about what animals eat and where they live etc. For a book with only 4 pages we are able to spend a few minutes ‘exploring and learning’ beyond what is written on the page and it has become an instant hit with him.
Lastly we received My First Color Dominoes, a book and game. The book is a very simple board book about colours, but I love the page showing how to mix colours. Now each time we bring this out to play with the domino ’tiles’ Bug wants to flip to this page and talk about it. We had never played dominos before and had a blast teaching Bug how to. Everything is self contained within its own box which is a big plus!
I love how you can just tell these books are different (in fact they are European) , they just have a different quality and feel to them. The illustrations are bright and captivating with minimal text.
If you would like to find out more about them check out at Indigo.ca (links above). Also you can check out Raincoast books on Twitter @RaincoastBooks to follow along as new books are released.
Now for the fun part, Raincoast Books and Chronicle Books have offered a COMPLETE set of these books to one of you!
Open to Canada only.
Closes April 30, 2014.