I'd been hearing lots of news about The Froobles (from Top That! Publishing) and we were very excited to receive 2 books from the series to review.
The Froobles are aimed at preschool children and they are fruit and vegetable characters brought to life by the best of imaginations...children's. Playgroup children have created a scene for each of the 12 Froobles and then we follow them through a great adventure during which they, and the readers/listeners, learn valuable lessons.
We had these two:
The text is simple but effective. Although Girl would easily be able to read these by herself they both loved having these read to them and they followed the story attentively, regularly piping up with comments relating to the morals of the story. Girl in particular really picked up on the Orlando Orange moral about overcoming fears and as she said 'If you don't try something once you don't know if you like it or are really scared of it as the bear was a helpful, friendly one and not scary' Very appropriate for Middle as he has just embarked upon a new journey in the big, scary world of primary school.
At the end of each story there is a sticker sheet so that the children can either recreate the story or make up their own story for the characters.
Girl and Middle said that the characters were colourful, fun-looking and cute and they cannot wait to get more of the series.
In November The Froobles Apps will be available on iTunes for iPhone, iPad and Android Apps. Bringing them to life on the interactive, animated app will be Johnny Vaughan, Denise Van Outen, Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates who are doing the voiceovers.
Already live is www.froobles.com, a dedicated site with fun & games. You can also follow them on twitter and facebook
The Froobles can be bought from the Top That! website
*All images courtesy of www.topthatpublishing.com