We are thrilled to share with you a review of our Walk-in-Book, which was first published by Meg Eason on her blog here: http://megeason.co.uk/blog/2017/01/
This was one of PP's gifts from us for Christmas. I first heard about the company through a friend who had sponsored Story on Kickstarter. They really caught my eye - finally something a bit different - and I could not wait to get my hands on a set ourselves! So with a pre-Christmas live date I was thrilled.
The set (costing £25) consists of a fabric doll (s/he is named as Story, but the idea is that you name her/him whatever you fancy - ours is currently Rosie), an A2 folded double sided map which is a thick card (it is beautiful!), a soft felt fox mask for your child to wear to become part of their stories, 10 Story cards (5 of which are marked as beginnings, with 5 quests to use too) and instructions on how to use the set, which all comes in a lovely little tote bag too (which we found had room for our own magnifying glass and binoculars which are obviously essential for quests!) I can see this set being really useful when PP is hanging around whilst RD is at an activity and visa versa, the awkward times when they are bored and you're stuck for ideas and space is limited!
The set is just perfect for a rainy day at home or a sunny afternoon in your garden, letting your imaginations run wild!
We took ours to the actual woods, as we had some time to use up waiting for our friends to join us. Since the set comes in the handy little bag it was easy to take along. The set aimed at 4-8 year olds, is sturdy and engaging, but potentially not suitable for muddy wood trips (oops!) but I do hear there is potential for a fabric or wipeable option coming. It didn't stop us going off to find the fox that stole our stones though... and finding them hidden in a tree and running away before he found us! That cheeky fox!
It makes for a wonderful gift - something that encourages imagination, especially for me, as I'm always being dragged in to games with no clue what PP and RD want me to say or do! This really made for a fun adventure for us all; having something tangible really aids the process, I found. It is fairly gender-neutral, and really well presented.
I have found it can be hard to find nice gifts that won't be a duplicate or come in 1000 tiny pieces. For families with more than one child, this is something they can enjoy together, and that's fabulous. This was a real hit and I can see us getting a lot of use from it, even using it as a jumping off point to make our own card or map. An activity that cleverly gets my five year old to read and write without seeing it as reading and writing will always get the thumbs up from me!