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Charlie Dog’s Birthday Book

It’s Charlie Dog’s birthday! The cheeky, little Westie dog is having a fancy dress party, full of fun and surprises to celebrate his 3rd birthday. So come and join Charlie and his friends on his special day and find out what exciting things they all get up to.Another easy to read and wonderfully illustrated picture book by Sue Pavey and Eleni Demetriou.

Price: £6.95 Available Amazon, Blossom Spring Publishing

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Charlie Dog’s Birthday Book Reviews

Product Tested By Hayley Slater – Seth 5 years

Hayley Awarded The Charlie Dogs Birthday Book 5/5

Bright cover and showed it was clearly about a dog. Seth was excited by seeing the cover as he loves dogs. The front cover is bright and colourful. It had Charlie dog on the front which allowed Seth to understand exactly what the story was about. He was excited to read the story. He really enjoyed the story and he was able to read it to me himself as the words weren’t too difficult. Seth really enjoyed the story and has read it to my lots of times. It has lots of different breeds of dogs in that Seth enjoyed learning the names of and looking at. It was a perfect story for Seth as we have a dog and he loves meeting different dogs when we walk our own dog. Seth liked the illustrations. You could identify what breed the different dogs were easily and the pictures related to the story well. Each page was very colourful too. The illustrations related well to the story. It allowed Seth to visualise what he was reading. I also liked that the illustrations filled almost the entire page. The story is a good length. Seth did not get bored and was happy to read the book himself without losing his concentration. I’m expecting a newborn soon and will be reading this book to him also. I also agree that it is suitable for a 5 year old to read themselves. Seth is 5 and had no problem reading this story to me. Good quality printed words/ illustrations -all bright on the pages and easy to read/ look at. As it was new Seth asked me to read it numerous times. He also enjoyed reading it himself. In the first couple of week of owning the book he read it approximately 5 times. He also asked to take it to his nana’s to read to her. Over the past 4 weeks the book has been read about 8 times. Good quality – Cover, pages, printing quality and grammar all good.  I think it is good value.  It seems fairly priced and is similarly priced to other children’s books of the same length/ style.  I loved the story and the illustrations showing the different breeds of dogs. After I’ve read a story with Seth I ask him questions to see how much he retained/ understood. There were lots of things I could ask Seth about from this book and he enjoyed answering them. For example – what kind of dog is Lilly? What did Lilly dress up as for the party? If he enjoys a book he can easily answer my questions, which he did do. I would consider buying it as my son really enjoyed it.  I would recommend as most children enjoy animals, parties and dressing up and this book contains all three. I think it would appeal to lots of children. Good quality, fairly priced children’s book with good engaging story and lovely illustrations. Very positive experience. Seth really enjoyed being read the book and reading it himself. Because of the story we also both enjoyed talking about it afterwards and Seth enjoyed answering lots of questions regarding the story. Seth learnt about different dog breeds from reading this book and since has actually been able to point the breeds out to me in the local park. He also enjoyed the word search at the back – this I thought was a nice addition and not something you usually find in a book. Hayley Slater – Seth 5 years

Product Tested By Elaine Cowie – Willow & Morris – 10 Months & 3 years

Elaine Awarded The Charlie Dogs Birthday Book 4/5

I thought it had a bright, cheerful cover and the illustration was fun and appealing. It made me smile and made me want to open the book to discover more. The size of the book is good, large enough for a couple of children to easily see the illustrations while I read to them and it is slim and light, which makes it great for packing into a bag to take on a day out or for travelling. The cover is bright, cheerful and engaging. It isn’t fussy, keeping too simplistic illustration styles against a plain but bright background. The children I read it to are too young to be able to read it themselves but both were attracted to the cover, with Willow trying to grab at the picture of Charlie and Morris asking why the dog had a hat on. It definitely engaged them and created an interest in what lay behind the cover. They enjoyed me reading it to them. I like to be quite expressive when reading stories and the story allowed me to do that, using the humour in the story and ‘ROARRRRR’ing to make the book a fun experience that they obviously enjoyed as the youngest still gets animated when I read it and tries to grasp at the pages, and the 3 year old likes flicking through the book himself and has remembered enough of the story that he can use his own commentary to accompany the pictures as he ‘reads’ the book. The rhyming style engages children well, making it more audibly appealing than regular stories. It allows me to be expressive and make storytelling fun. Willow tries to grab at the illustrations so they definitely interest her and she gets very animated when I’m reading it to her, and Morris makes his own observations about the story and asks questions about the characters so it is fun but also encourages discussion. Willow is too young to tell me but she seems to find the illustrations appealing. Morris asks about the characters and likes flicking through the book himself so the illustrations seem to work for his age group. While the children seem to like the illustrations I feel they are a little flat and one dimensional. They do seem to enhance the story for the children as they are simplistic and easy for them to process. Just the right length to keep them engaged without becoming bored. It’s a book I can read to them when I am time short. the youngest child has shown interest in the book when I read it to her, grasping at the illustrations and expressing amusement,  and the 3 year old enjoys flicking through it himself. A fun and engaging book, but not very sturdy in the hands of very young children. The story is fun but doesn’t always flow well linguistically considering it’s a rhyming story. We have read this story over a dozen times now. Fair value for the product but not very sturdy in the hands of children. Doesn’t always flow well linguistically. Good quality product for the money. I like the rhyming style as it allows me to be very expressive when reading the story and I feel this type of writing is well suited to children’s books. I also liked that the illustrations and wording appealed to both the 10 month old and the 3 year old. I would buy this as it is a fun book that doesn’t take too long to read so keeps children engaged. The story is fun and the illustrations are engaging. I would recommend as it is a fun and enjoyable book that children easily engage with and I have already mentioned to friends and family how the children have enjoyed the story. A bright, cheerful cover with a fun story but rather flat illustrations within. A child friendly sized book with a bright and engaging front cover, which allowed for expressive reading sessions. Easy to slip into my bag for reading on the go. Simplistic illustrations that appealed to the children. Elaine Cowie – Willow & Morris – 10 Months & 3 years

Product Tested By Michelle Cheung – Arthur 7 Months

Michelle Awarded the Charlie Dogs Birthday Book 4.2/5

Very attractive, lovely colours, looks fun.  The design of the front cover and the colours appealed to my child. At 7 months, paperback books are usually less preferable to board books, but my baby was surprisingly interested. The book is a little long for the age of my child. The illustrations are good and he seemed attracted to the pictures. Bright colours helped. I do feel the illustrations helped enhance the story and bring it to life. At this young age I feel the story is a bit too long for my son and to hold his interest. I do not feel this is ideal for a young baby as my son wanted to chew the book and at this young age I would buy board books.  I do feel though it is suitable for older children. I feel this book is very good for older children. I have only read it a few times to my son since receiving the book. The quality is good and a nice paperback.  It is fairly reasonably priced but there are other similar price books available and a lot to choose from. I loved the bright colours in this book. I would not buy this for my son at this young age. I would recommend but would depend on age of child. A good colourful bright book ideal for older children. Michelle Cheung – Arthur 7 Months

 

 

 

 

Good quality, fairly priced children’s book with good engaging story and lovely illustrations. Very positive experience. Seth really enjoyed being read the book and reading it himself. Because of the story we also both enjoyed talking about it afterwards and Seth enjoyed answering lots of questions regarding the story. Seth learnt about different dog breeds from reading this book and since has actually been able to point the breeds out to me in the local park. He also enjoyed the word search at the back – this I thought was a nice addition and not something you usually find in a book.

Awards

Hayley Awarded The Charlie Dogs Birthday Book 5/5

Charlie Dog’s Birthday Book Stockist Information
  • Website: www.suepavey.com
  • Tel: 0208 859 9795
  • Address: Charlie dog C/A
    THE DOGHOUSE 9 ODEON PARADE, WELL HALL ROAD,
    ELTHAM SE9 6BZ