Thursday 21 November 2013

The Octonauts - Creature Report (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

The Octonauts - Creature Report

Published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books

Though we don't watch any children's TV at all any more, we have fond memories of The Octonauts. That brilliant bunch of undersea characters, with their own show based on the fabulous Meowmi books, have become something of a global success story.

As an offshoot to the normal length episodes, CBeebies started doing very popular little shorts called "Creature Reports" and now you can buy a book that wraps up some of your favourite sub-aquatic denizens and also gives you a ton of Octonauts stickers to use in the book and on your own goodies too.

Throughout the book you'll find tons of fascinating facts on sea creatures such as the Snot Sea Cucumber (!), the Carrier Crab (with his little sea urchin buddy) and the grim but endlessly amusing Blobfish. Along with each fact page you'll find out a little bit about how long the creatures live (did you know Blue Whales can live for up to 70 years?), where the creatures live or what oceans they swim in, and also what they like to eat (clue: not one of these creatures eats chocolate ice cream. Crazy!)

The book is beautifully produced and very reasonably priced. Charlotte has absolutely loved it, and though it's a bit tricky for her to read on her own - it's been great fun for her to explore and stick stickers into.

If you're looking for a stocking filler for your Octonauts-loving childfolk, this is an essential purchase.

Charlotte's best bit: She seems to really love whales and sharks. A girl after my own heart.

Daddy's Favourite bit: Top quality artwork, great facts and figures and over 300 Octonauts-ey stickers to stick all over everything. Bliss!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Simon and Schuster Children's Books)