A big success on Cbeebies this year has been the gorgeous series based on the Peter Rabbit books by Beatrix Potter. The Peter Rabbit animated series is perfect for children under 7, with wonderful characters in the form of Peter, Benjamin and Lily (amongst others) and visually stunning animation that presents Peter as the lovely, wide eyed bunny we know and love from the classic stories.
This Christmas there have been a series of books released to tie in with the series, and these would make fantastic Christmas stocking fillers for youngsters. The books range from traditional stories, in both board book and paperback form, and also a range of puzzle books that are perfect for slightly older children.
I was sent some of the books to review (or rather, for Joe to review). Here are our opinions.
Book 1 The Peter Rabbit Club.
This is the story of what happens when Peter and friends decide to form their very own adventure club. Joe loved this story, and wanted to set up his own club to copy Peter. We loved that the book is just right for little hands to hold and read, and the illustrations are just gorgeous – totally matching the high levels of the TV series. There are some difficult words in this for young readers (treacherous for example), so I would definitely say this is a book to enjoy and read together – perfect for a bedtime story.
This is a great companion piece to the story. The book is full of problem solving, secret sticker stories and maps, all of which can be decorated with the stickers that you find in the centre of the book. This is the perfect activity book that can keep a child busy on a rainy afternoon, or on a long car journey. I love that the book challenges children – the memory game in particular is great – you have to look at a picture of the secret treehouse for one minute, then turn the page and answer questions. Fun and educational in one – such a lovely idea.
Book 3 – Happy Christmas!
This is a gorgeous board book that is perfect for pre-schoolers who love Peter Rabbit. Joe enjoyed the story – all children love Christmas stories, but did think he was a little grown up for it, and has passed it on to his cousin Renee instead – at 18months she is also a Peter Rabbit fan, and totally adores the lovely illustrations, particularly pointing out a rather lovely cat. (She has two cats and just loves them!)
I think these are a lovely set of stories, suitable for children in Key Stage one and younger. If you’re child is also a fan of Peter Rabbit, you may be interested to sign up for the Peter Rabbit newsletter. (You can do this by clicking here.)