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123 with Strawberry Monkey Book

123 with Strawberry Monkey

By Allan Thompson

Learn to count with Strawberry Monkey and his friends. Your own cheeky little monkeys will love the bright and colourful pictures as we learn to count, discover colours & understand shapes.

Why not look around you and at everyday objects to see what new shapes and colours you and your cheeky little monkeys can discover!

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Price £6.99 for hardback and £3.50 for paper back available online Amazon.co.uk

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123 with Strawberry Monkey Book Reviews

Product Tested By Caroline Duncan – Poppy 2 Years 11 Months

Caroline Awarded The 123 Strawberry Monkey Book 4.5/5

Looks a fun book and a good size for little ones.  Liked the design of the front cover.  My little one picked it up from the side, brought it over and wanted me to read it to her. It’s great that it covers a few concepts not just one.  It gives more to chat about – colours, shapes and numbers. My daughter did enjoy this book and asked to read it again numerous times. The illustrations gave us plenty to talk about. She never referred to the animals mainly the shapes that are also characters with faces. My daughter can already count to 10 but she still likes tapping them to count with the characters on each page. This did help her learn her colours.  The book had 9 main colours and peach. They are nice and bright in the book to make them easy to identify. It was a fun way of asking about shapes but the squares don’t look like squares, due to their hair.  Even my 6 year old didn’t know what shape they were meant to be. My daughter has asked to read this book a number of times. I would say the book is for children from birth to 3, as it’s never too early to share books, numbers, colours and shapes with them.  By 5 this book would be far too basic for a child that age. I like that it covers 3 concepts not just one. My daughter enjoyed guessing the shapes. Good quality printing with vibrant colours and no blurring, very well made and bound. Good value and I would be happy to buy this book as a gift for a young baby. We also enjoyed playing the online games available on the website. They worked well on the site and were easy for her to understand and play.  It would have been good to have a couple more. it’s a good fun book for teaching numbers, shapes and colours. I would recommend this book. A good quality fun book for babies and toddlers.  It has fun characters and vibrant colours to attract the little ones to the pages.  Then there are plenty of things to talk about on the pages – the colour, the shape and how many there are. The niggles I had with the book were the words that are meant to rhyme but don’t.  The kids didn’t pick up on this though – e.g. Circles and  hurdles, squares and hair.  Also that the squares don’t look like squares at all, it’s confusing for little ones. Caroline Duncan – Poppy 2 Years 11 Months

Product Tested By Gareth Howard Hugo 2 Years 6 Months

Gareth Awarded The 123 Strawberry Monkey Book 4/5

Good Bright book. Good front cover bright and clear pictures. The front cover design certainly captured Hugo’s interest and wanted to read it once opened. Clear pictures and good concept. He really enjoyed the book exactly what you want and we have read numerous times. Good pictures and clear on goal. My son did not relate so much to characters in the book. This did help him to count as he could follow the pictures and learn. Was good to help him spot each colour. The shapes were food to work with as not so strong on shapes.   We have already read this at least 5 times so far. a good book for that age to grasp entry into shapes colours etc. Easy to follow and good illustrations. My son found the pictures fun to learn different things. This book was a bit flimsy but good. A well-priced book for learning. We did not use the activities section on the website but we will now. I would buy this as a nice book to read and learn with Hugo. I would recommend as a fun book to learn and read. Love this fun approach to learning how to count and a good illustration with strong colours to keep the Hugo engaged. Gareth Howard Hugo 2 Years 6 Months

Product Tested By Kris Barrett – Bee 5 Years

Kris Awarded the 123 Strawberry Monkey Book 3.5/5

It has a very child friendly cover with colourful numbers and playful characters.  The front cover is eye-catching as it has  three large numbers 1-3 in primary colours in the centre of the front cover. There are playful colourful characters surrounding the numbers. The design is rather cluttered and ‘bundled’ together. As an adult it is easier to appreciate a design when there is more spacing however my daughter didn’t seem to mind in the least.  My daughter was very keen to see what the book had inside and sat on the sofa with it straight away. The educational value of this book was ideal due to the present lock down and we are home schooling. My daughter really did enjoy this book and she found the characters fun  and rather unusual. She especially liked the reindeer for the number three. We decided that their antlers were the number three hiding in plain sight.  The characters are a little different from the majority we see in children’s books and she liked the fact that they were a little quirky. The illustrations were good. There were no fairies, mermaids or unicorns and this was a refreshing change. My daughter really liked the cats and I found the fact that the characters weren’t outlined a really retro look – quite 1950’s American style and it was fresh and interesting. The characters in the book we fun and quirky and they made her laugh. She liked the clothes and the Doctor outfit was a firm favourite. My daughter can already count to twenty and above but I can see that this would help embed numeracy in younger children. My only concern was that for the number six it is harder to see the number outline against a dark coloured jumper.  Again my daughter knows her colours well but this added the colour peach into her art vocabulary rather than just being a favourite fruit! My daughter knows her shapes well so I would say that this book would be aimed more at younger children. The cross that was illustrated, my daughter knows this as a plus sign so there was a little confusion there.  We have read this a number of times and we will continue to read it with her younger sister. I would say that it is a little different, it would be useful to a younger child but I think that for the older children in the age range it is a bit of a mixture of easy numbers and shapes with difficult words that the child cannot sound out nor sight read. It has a sans serif font and there are muted shades for the backgrounds which would be more user friendly for those with visual stress. My daughter liked the retro characters, she drew her own version of the reindeers. It is much flimsier than a lot of the books we have but actually it was less prone to bending and creasing than others we have. This was fun and light hearted, educationally I wasn’t convinced that this would help scaffold her learning but it certainly engaged her. Sadly I would have to say no I would not buy this, it’s light-hearted and fun but    educationally I am not convinced.  to be fair to the author I would say that this is a book that I would borrow from the Library however I personally would not purchase it from Amazon. Fun but the rhymes are tenuous and unfortunately not in Julia Donaldson’s league.  The strawberry monkey as a logo on a range of children’s tableware or clothes would be fun however as an educational book this seems more self-published than curriculum supportive. Kris Barrett – Bee 5 years

 

 

I would recommend this book. A good quality fun book for babies and toddlers.  It has fun characters and vibrant colours to attract the little ones to the pages.  Then there are plenty of things to talk about on the pages – the colour, the shape and how many there are. The niggles I had with the book were the words that are meant to rhyme but don’t.  The kids didn’t pick up on this though – e.g. Circles and  hurdles, squares and hair.  Also that the squares don’t look like squares at all, it’s confusing for little ones.

Awards

Caroline Awarded The 123 Strawberry Monkey Book 4.5/5

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