Tuesday 6 August 2013
CAVEMEN STICKER BOOK by Paul Nicholls, Non Taylor and Fiona Watt. Reviewed by Ann Turnbull.
This Usborne activity book is the sort of thing I would have adored as a child. It's perfect for quiet indoor moments during the holidays.
The book is a large paperback and consists of about a dozen scenes of Ice Age life - cave interiors, a mammoth hunt, a river with reindeer, etc. - all of them enticingly empty, ready for whatever the child wants to put into them. In the middle of the book are pages and pages of stickers - "over 400 stickers", the cover proclaims - and they are fun. I like the child hitting its thumb with a stone tool and wailing; the hunter going cross-eyed as he tries to mend his spear; the inquisitive baby; the mum fitting a new dress on her daughter. There are some satisfyingly gruesome pictures of butchery, too, with blood splashing around. There is a cave bear, and swimming deer (just back and head, no legs). Children who like intricate things will enjoy the many very small stickers: tools, bowls of food, pigeons that can be perched on rocks or trees; even tiny beads and bones.
Scattered throughout the book is also a surprising amount of information, making it suitable for a wide age-range. Little ones will want to talk about the animals, while older children will enjoy learning about the Ice Age and making up their own stories and pictures. Highly recommended.
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