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Oct 16 2018

The amazing world of Olobob Top by Leigh Hodgkinson and Steve Smith

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Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN 9781408897652
(Age: 3-5) The amazing world of Olobob Top is an activity book created by Leigh Hodgkinson and Steve Smith based on the ABC and BBC Children's show Olobob Top (If you have young children there is a good chance you will have seen this show before!).
The blurb states "Have fun in the wonderful world of Olobob Top... weave your way through mazes to explore forests, climb mountains and soar up into the sky! With lots of exciting mazes and over 250 stickers, there are so many adventures to be had with the Olobobs" and I think it sums it up pretty well. Each page surrounds a different character or activity and asks the reader to complete tasks and decorate with the supplied stickers. You may have to follow the lines through the sky, find your way out of a maze or get the Olobobs home safe. This part was probably the only downfall of the book, there were just too many follow the line/maze pages (actually all of them) and were a touch repetitive for Miss 4.
We did however love all the stickers and it kept her amused for an hour which was a win for me!
It was also a good vehicle for directing learning towards shapes, colours, sizes, counting and following directions - all of which are key skills for young children.
I think this book is probably best suited for 3-5year olds who are familiar with the show and its characters. There is another activity book available (Make your own Olobob Top home), plus two board books which would be fun activities for any young fan. We give it 3 out of 5.
Lauren Fountain

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