Price: £4.99 each
Age Range: Pre-School
Manufacturer’s Description: The Monster Book Of Numbers – Learn the numbers one through to ten, and then a few more besides, with the help of lots and lots of fantastic little monsters. A great way to teach young children to count.
The Monster Book Of Colours – Learn all of the primary and secondary colours, as well as a few more with the help of some wonderfully silly, friendly monsters. Bright and humorous characters help to keep young children engaged and make learning fun.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: The Monster Book of… series is a fun new approach to education books for young children. The first two books in the range, numbers & colours, were sent to us for Georgie to review a few months ago. Georgie is starting to learn both her numbers and her colours quite well now, so we have been able to use these books to help her out.
The jumps from 1-10 to 15, 20, 25 & 50 in this numbers book is a little confusing for Georgie as she is more used to number books being completely sequential, but I am sure she will understand this better as she gets older.
The Monster Book of Numbers counts up to 10, with each double page spread being X monsters, followed by pages for 15, 20, 25 & 50 – counting monsters spikes, spots, etc. Each number has a different colour, with most the illustration on the page in varying shades, which produces a nice effect & a very colourful book.
The Monster Book of Colours introduces a whole range of monsters in different colours. It covers all of the primary colours, as well as the secondary… and a few more unusual ones too – I think it is the only book about colours I’ve seen with maroon!
The purple monster “Squidypuss” can be recognised from the “Two Squiddlepuss” page in the numbers book… although a little confusingly although the illustration has been reused the colour has changed. This particular monster is also on the front cover, in another colour!
These books are both colourful, fun & engaging. The silly monsters make the learning aspect more fun – Georgie loves repeating the names of the monsters as well as their colours, and also finding all of the monsters as she counts them.
I do think the physical quality of the books could be improved, as they are too easily damaged by a toddler like Georgie; although she has been taught to treat books carefully, she is still only two and accidents happen. The pages have been slightly roughly handled at times, and these books have both started to look dog-eared around the edges. A few of the pages seem to be a little bit loose too. For the age they are aimed at, it would be better if they were a little sturdier.
Despite this, we have all enjoyed these books. They are eye-catching and educational, a great combination for encouraging kids to learn. We give these books 4 stars.