REVIEW: A Book, A Play Mat, And A Submarine in 1!
The Pink family are big book lovers – we have two huge bookshelves groaning with my novels and art and craft books, and all of Ryan’s sciency ones. And that’s not even mentioning Ava and Thea’s collections! But we are always hungry for more books, especially the girls. They love nothing more than cuddling up for a story.
So when the lovely people at Miles Kelly Publishing sent us a new 3-in-1 convertible book to review*, excitement was high! Especially as it is GINORMOUS: I folded it all out, and Thea said “It’s gigantic! Can you read it longest?” I couldn’t even get it all in the photo!
A GIANT BOOK!
Then she wanted to sit on the floor and turn the pages like a book.
She really enjoyed the story, especially the part where the submarine’s crew found the treasure. We read it again when Ava came home from school. She is five and a half now, so we found she was able to read a lot of it herself, with help. She was particularly interested in the hammerhead sharks, asking “Ooooh, what are they?”
There is a line in the book about a shark looking for its prey and I started to explain what that meant, to be told “I know what that means, prey means ‘death to animals by eating.'” A pretty good description really!
A FUN SUBMARINE
Next I set it up as submarine and they both got into it.
They loved driving it to the bottom of the ocean. I found it easy to put up, though at first I didn’t realise it as supposed to be an elongated diamond, so it didn’t look quite right! The ‘nose’ of the submarine is secured with clear plastic strips which stick the sections together with velcro. I think they are slightly too long, as the pop up part kept falling down – I just moved them up a bit like on this photo and it worked fine.
The book retails at £17.99 but is only £13.49 if you order directly from their site, and at the time of writing it was on offer at £10. I think it would make a great gift for a boy or girl, and even though it is big, it folds up flat so is a great option even for small houses.
*Please note, I was sent this book to review, and all opinions are my own, as always.