We’ve not done any book reviews for a while. We’re still both reading – I completed my 2015 52 book challenge back in October, and N’s still loving his books. Now phonics teaching has started, I’m expecting him to be reading simple words after, if not by Christmas. Exciting times.
Recently we were sent a couple of new books from the shine-a-light books range. I’ve not come across these before, but they’re definitely a new and unique concept.
In the books, there’s obviously the story, but some of the images are hidden from normal view. Instead you need to hold the pages up to the light, or with a torch behind to see the full pictures. It’s a fun way to get children interacting more with books, and wanting to read on to see the next pictures.
The 2 new books, launching in January, are On the plane, and On the Space Station. N’s been really interested in these books from their arrival, even though usually he’s not into planes or astronauts.
The books really simply explain what goes on in a plane and airport – from air traffic control, to the hold, pilots, air stewards and safety, and from a rocket launch to living on a space station. N liked trying to guess and then spot the hidden items once the pages were held up to the light. It’s certainly a novelty factor that works for a 4 year old.
We simply held the pages up the light rather than getting out a torch. It worked well, although it did need holding carefully to keep the other pages from blocking the view.
The books prompted other conversations about flying and space, relating to other story books N has about the same topics. They’re reference books, so we prefer to read them during the day rather than bedtime.
N doesn’t seem to mind, but for me the illustrations seem quite dated. It’s probably due to the muted colours and simplicity needed for the shine-a-light component of them. We usually like brightly coloured books, and these don’t jump out as being so. I’d say then, that they’re better for older pre-schoolers and up who do still have staying power while ‘reading’.
If you want to try out the books, do enter my compeitiion to win one of 3 pairs of these books. Just answer the question in the comments, and complete the rafflecopter.
Terms and conditions
- UK entry only, over 18s
- Giveaway closes 11.59pm 28th December 2015
- Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
- There are 3 prizes of 2 shine-a-sight books.
- The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
- Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, and may be shared on social media.
- Winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 2 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
- Prize will be sent out directly from the publishers in January.
- This giveaway may be featured on Loquax, Prizefinder and Superlucky
Disclosure: We were sent 2 books for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are my own.