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.

BUY IT:
You can buy both books from bookstores and online.

WIN IT:
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.


For an extra chance:

  • Tweet this : Over at @smilinglikesuns two beautiful children's books are up for grabs http://bit.ly/vf3yq5 #kidlit
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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.

18 comments :

  1. These look fantastic. Very colourful.
    I would really like to read 'A Drove of Bullocks'.

    @mumoffunkids

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  2. I tweeted as @mumoffunkids

    https://twitter.com/#!/mumoffunkids/status/137589463382626305

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  3. I shared on facebook

    Katherine Aitken
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  4. I am following Smiling like Sunshine @smilinglikesuns and @PatrickGeorge2 on Twitter.
    @mumoffunkids

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  5. I am subscribed by GFC and networked blogs

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  6. The acetate pages sound intriguing. I'm trying to think of other books with pages like that and only one comes to mind, "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle. Have you come across any others?

    (I don't qualify for the giveaway but wanted to comment anyway!)

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  7. Beautiful books. My 2 year old loves her 'Opposites' book, so I would love her to enjoy Shapes or Colours too. The acetate sheet fascinates her!

    I follow @PatrickGeorge2 on Twitter and like them on Facebook. I have linked this page to Facebook and tweeted it too.

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  8. i like all of the books! :) if i have to choose at this moment i like the opposites book

    catherine0807@hotmail.com

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  9. i follow you on GFC

    catherine0807@hotmail.com

    thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  10. My daughter would love the Little Miss Muffet and other rhymes

    @littleboo_21

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  11. Following you both via Twitter

    @littleboo_21

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  12. Shared on FB - Boo Roo and Tigger Too

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  13. Following you via GFC

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  14. I like the look of their Filth of Starlings :-)

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  15. I love these books! I especially like the Colors book. I am so happy to find and follow on facebook and twitter! I can say with confidence as a childcare educator that young children are going to be fascinated with the clever designs. Thank you for sharing. I follow you on twitter @HonorHealth.

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