You may have gathered that the monkeys love books. Big monkey is getting so good at reading and both love listening to stories. I knew they would be keen to review this lovely interactive storybook from Hallmark, as soon as I saw the title! All Aboard, written by Stacey Donovan and illustrated by Scott Brown is about Connor the train conductor who is heading to Celebration City for a holiday, but he needs the monkeys help!
Read the story aloud and Connor chimes in with a question or choice for your child to make.
We set to work reading the story, listening for Connor and responding to his questions. Our verdict?! We loved it!
Across the top of the book is an on/off switch. Just turn the book on, read clearly and aloud where there is little background noise (not easy in this house!), and wait for Connor to speak up! Both monkeys, but more so the three year old, found hearing Connor awesome. His face was a picture. The illustrations are great and really help to engage the child. The interaction from Connor is relevant to the illustrations and text. There are over 30 different possibilities when the interaction takes place and of course you could just read the book as usual if you wanted too. Just don't switch it on. When not in use the book automatically switches off.
This is a lovely storybook and I know the monkeys, in particular little monkey, will love it for a long time....anything relating to trains gets him at hello! A great gift from Hallmark for any train fans out there. Ideal for children with special needs too I would say. The book retails at £9.99 and is suited for ages 3yrs and up.