Product: Thomas & Friends Amazing ABC
Age Range: 3+
Manufacturer’s Description: Join Thomas and friends on an ABC journey around the Island of Sodor! Children will love going from A to Z naming engines and sights from the world-famous railway. With lots of flaps to open, a wheel to turn and even a telephone to dial, there’s plenty to help Really Useful kids learn their ABC!
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: Georgie loves trains, and really enjoys anything Thomas the Tank Engine, so when we were sent this book to review she was incredibly excited! It’s a lovely big ABC book, with loads of flaps and interesting things to explore.
It is an ABC book, so the text goes “A is for Annie, B is for Bertie, C is for Call,” and so on. The variety of things chosen for each letter are great; not every letter is a train engine! Of course, the favourites are in there, and T is for Thomas! This book is an attractive square hardback book measuring around 25 x 25cm.
There are some quite ingenious touches in this book that make it a bit special. C is for Call is illustrated by a cardboard telephone attached by a string “wire” to a base in the book that has a spinning (D is for) Dial. You have to spin the dial around to reveal the word.
The quarry lift works with a pull tab, and W is for several things, as you spin a wheel to make your choice. There is a pop-up train page, a two directional folding masterpiece of a flap for the Zoo page, and a page split into three interlocking sections for “Jigsaw”. So many fun touches that make it so enjoyable to read! Even the cover has an lenticular face for Thomas, giving him different facial expressions depending on the angle you’re looking at him.
Georgie has really enjoyed this book and will happily fetch it then go and sit by herself to read it. She loves to make pretend phone calls on the cardboard telephone! It’s a great one to read with her too, she never gets tired of the various interactive pages.
The quality of the book is great and it is holding up to Georgie’s repeated browses through it. The illustrations are just perfect and both girls are certainly attracted to it, Lydia loves looking through it just as much as her big sister does. It is bright, colourful, and endlessly appealing.
Each letter is displayed in upper and lower case, which is great for children who are learning their letters. I think that this is the sort of book that educates your child without them realising, as they are too busy having fun to notice that they just recognised a letter or number!
I think the RRP of £12.99 is fair considering the size, number of pages, and sheer enjoyment level of this book. At full price it is generally more expensive than most picture books, but I think that it’s worth every penny, it really it a fabulous book. If you’ve got a little Thomas fan in your midst, then you need to buy this book! At the time of writing, it is £9.09 on Amazon which is even better.