Smiling like Sunshine: Book Review and Giveaway: Colours and Shapes by Patrick George

Friday, 18 November 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Colours and Shapes by Patrick George

When I was contacted by PatrickGeorge for an opportunity to review their latest books Colours and Shapes, I thought these would be a nice addition to our library for our almost two year old.

When the books arrived I was pleasantly surprised as these are not your ordinary Shapes and Colours books.

The difference of these books is that the illustrator uses acetate paper to make use of visual effects and this works beautifully with bold and colourful illustrations.

Colours: The book introduces the child with colour by the use of acetate paper. This also helps mixing the colours and literally seeing what happens when you mix two colours.

... and when you turn the acetate page...

you can see a green fish. Lovely!

Shapes: In this book we follow a gift (a red square) as it is transported to its recipient. Again the use of coloured acetate paper, transforms the shapes into something else in a quirky and innovative way.

It turned out that, as it states on the cover of the books, these are not suitable for under threes (as the acetate paper might be too delicate for little hands)

The books spark the imagination and my daughter (almost five years old) loves the surprise and seeing a different shape or colour as she turns the page. Both of these books are great favorites recently.
They not only teach children about colours and shapes, but also encourage interaction between the child and parents/carers. Personally I think these books are very cleverly designed and I highly recommend them. Would be lovely as a  Christmas or birthday present.
You can read more about the books and watch a youtube video on the publisher's website.

You can buy both books from bookstores and online.

The publisher of the books PatrickGeorge has kindly offered to giveaway one of each book to two lucky Smiling like Sunshine readers.
All you need to do is visiting PatrickGeorge's website, have a look around. Then come and tell me the title of a book that you would like to read.

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The closing date for entries is 25th November at midnight (UK time). The winners will be chosen at random and will be announced some time during the next day.

The giveaway is open to UK residents. (Sorry international readers)

Disclaimer: Thanks to PatrickGeorge for sending me these books. As always, this review reflects my honest and true opinion.

...and the winners are Catherine and Playing by the Book. Congratulations! I will get in touch very soon.