BOOK CLUB: Alphaprints Sea Life

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Author: Roger Priddy
ISBN: 978-1-78341-713-1
RRP: $9.99
Publication Date: 31 July 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan – Priddy Books
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Board books are such fun and we all know that reading with our little ones is a hugely important part of their development. It is recommended that you read every day with your little ones and that is made much easier with a selection of eye catching and engaging age appropriate books.

My children love to pick great big books to read, and then don’t have the attention span to sit and listen so board books like the very clever and colourful alphaprints range are perfect. They are simple enough that the toddler just loves to sit and look at the pictures while running his hands over the textured sections. The four year old is also enthralled because he know some of the sea animals and can see that they are made up of everyday items that he’s seen around the house.

Sea Life is 20 pages of short rhymes accompanying vibrant sea creatures in a book that isn’t too busy for developing little brains. There is a lot of white space on the pages to allow the eye to be captured by the sea creature. The illustrations are put together with textured fingerprints to make up the body of the creature and embellished with everyday items to make the rest of the animal.

My Master 4 and I had great fun naming the parts of the creatures that are found around the house. Feather legs, Peg pincers, shifter claws, cocktail umbrellas, shells, shuttlecocks, tools, leaves and food. We had such a lot of fun and with short rhymes it will not take long for little ones to learn the books and be able to ‘read’ them to you.

The sea creatures in Sea Life are common and they will be recognisable to your child reasonably readily with rhymes simple enough to repeat.

I would love to say that my children are gentle and treat books with the utmost respect but they are young children and they just don’t. They get tossed around, left on the floor and even, if I’m not quick enough, chewed on. I have complete faith that Sea Life has the strength and durability to withstand years of toddler loving with it’s durable cardboard pages and thick hardwearing cardboard cover.

It’s safe to say that Sea Life is going to be a much loved favourite in our household, every time I go to pick it up it’s been left in a different spot. Annoying though it is, it still means that someone is picking it up and giving it some loving every time I put it down.

Alphaprints Sea Life is published by Pan Macmillan and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan 15 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading Sea Life with their little ones and I look forward to hearing what they think in the comments section below.

15 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Alphaprints Sea Life

  1. First of all thank you so much to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read and review Sea Life.

    This is my first board book through B&L and first book I’ve read in the alphaprints range.

    My kids 5yrs and 2.5yrs love being read to daily. This book is now a new household favourite. It has already been read multiple times and we only received it 4 days ago.

    It is cleverly illustrated, beautifully bright and eye catching pictures. My kids love pointing out all the hidden objects on the pages and like the way the bumpy prints feel.

    The book itself has great thick pages and feels very sturdy and I believe it will withstand my toddlers tough love.

    Thanks again for such a great book we look forward to more.

  2. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book with my children. My 2 and 4 year olds love everything about this book.

    My 2 year old can easily turn pages because they’re so thick and she loves listening to mummy reading while she touches the prints on the picture.

    My 4 year old sees the humour in the pictures. She loves finding the items they have used in the pictures to make the animals come to life. She even reads this book to her little sister when I’m busy.

    As an adult I wasn’t sure how much interest I would have in this book, but surprisingly I also was intrigued by the pictures and the words when I first read it. I was touching the prints more than my 2 year old.

    All up, it’s a great qality book and really interesting especially when you take the time to do more than just read the words.

  3. This is more than just a board book for little ones. The textures are part of the pages rather than the more common extra pieces added. The rhymes are great. The blurb reads “wonderful fingerprint sea creatures” but they are so much more than that. Littlies love the colours and textures but older children have loved finding all the extras in each picture. I’ve had several adults having fun with them as well? I’ve been told this is series so will be getting some of the others for my grandkids

  4. Explore the underwater world of sea creatures with is unique children’s book Sea Life by Alphaprints. This fabulous board book captures any toddler with it bright colored pages and fingerprint animals makes it visual and textile.

    Cleaverly using rhyming and everyday photography to create some magical creature from the snappy crab to the biggest of them all the whale.

    Thank you to Alphaprints and Beauty and lace for letting our family enjoy reviewing this brilliant children’s book, which is now one of my 3 year old sons favourite books.

  5. Sea Life by Alphaprints is a truly magical visual and sensory book.

    The animal are all created with bold colors and unique shapes. It is a fun way to explore different animals and to also look deeper and discover the pictures that make up each animal.

    What a fun way to learn animals, colors and shapes.

    A big hit in our house when the grand kids come to visit. Thank you for choosing me.

  6. Our family has loved this book so much that even my 11 year old has read it over and over again.

    First of all the finger prints and the visual make it such an engaging book.
    The boys took it in turns on feeling each page.

    The cool pictures that went with the animals the boys thought were really funny and cool , Master 11 who has autism has read it over and over again. It has been a great visual and a great sensory book for him.

    The thick pages make it toddler proof – this has allowed Mr 1 year old to also get to have a turn when it came to turning over the pages without everyone getting upset that he has bent or torn the page.

    Its a very fun book to read and I have found it to be a great way to learn the animals , shapes and colours.

    This book has been a hit and has even been taken to school for show and tell.

    Thank you for picking us 🙂

  7. This book is well suited from age 6 months to 5 years because it shows beautiful dynamic and vibrant pictures that children love to look at.

    This is a hard board book that children will love. Each sea life creature has a fingerprint mark so the kids can run their hands or fingers over it and feel the texture. The creatures also have some body parts representing a tool or item. They learn what the animal is too.

    My soon to be 2 year and 4 year old granddaughters loved running their fingers over the animals. I even found myself doing the same. This is a great fun learning lesson of sea life animals but at the same time helping them to learn items around the house.

    I love the last picture of the whale and the seahorse being on the same page. Definitely they learn between big and small here.

    This whole book can teach your child so much, animals, colours, tools and I found it can also be wiped clean if there are any sticky fingers hovering over the pages.

    My 4 year old giggled at the whale having leaf fins. This book definitely engages their minds.

    Thank you Beauty & Lace and Pan MacMillan – I’ve always loved reading children’s books to children and seeing their expressions on hearing stories.

  8. Sea Life by Alphaprints is a lovely children’s book. It has gorgeous illustrations of sea creatures that are cleverly depicted with everyday household items. I would recommend this children’s book, as it includes a great variety of sea life. The book is super colourful and engaging for little ones. Each animal has a short explanation with it that kept my little one interested in the book. It is the perfect book to introduce children to creatures of the deep, as including everyday items in the illustrations allows children to make links between the book and real life. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read this book to my little one, she certainly enjoyed it being read to her multiple times!

  9. This book was a huge winner in the popularity book stakes in our home!! Even by my 10 year old!!. The kids were fascinated by how everyday objects were used to make bits of the sea creatures and loved the innovative and “very cool” idea!!
    The pictures were bright and colourful with a cute cheeky look to them. The kids loved the rhyming as well and the short easy sentences. It made my little one think creatively to make things out of stuff lying around the house. Loved the colourful use of fingerprints in the pictures. The pages are nice and sturdy and kid friendly, can just be wiped clean of all the tiny finger smudges! The tiny umbrella jelly fishes were a huge hit!! A book that really helps kids to explore their own creativity and have fun reading for a long time to come!!

  10. I read Sea Life by Alphaprints with my day care children and they absolutely adored it. It is unique in that each picture has been created with different objects and patterns that make the shape of the sea creatures. This sparks the imagination of young readers and spurs them on to think about how they could create their own sea creatures with materials, leading into the perfect opportunity for extending on this book with a craft session! With it’s thick pages, bumpy textures, and colourful pictures, I can highly recommend this book to capture the attention and imagination of young children.

  11. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. My daughters both love it. I particularly love that each page can create imagination in your child as its simply a picture with words and you can make your own story or start a conversation. The book is a great length too. I find a lot of them are too short.

    The illustrations and textures are great and engaging. Overall a fantastic book.

  12. Sea Life is very sturdy book which was a great plus with my 14month granddaughter. We enjoyed the different textures and also the colourful illustrations.
    Definitely a book to read over and over..
    Thank you for the opportunity to review this book.

  13. I read Sea Life to both my 2 year old Niece and a 4 year old little boy and they both loved it. Giggling when feeling the pages and pointing out the colourful pictures with squeals of big fishy little fishy. The quality and long lasting hardy material, it is good to know the book will last with how rough kids are while turning pages and throwing things around the playrooms. It is always a pleasure to enrich children’s minds with creativity and fun stories.

  14. We are enjoying reading “Sea Life ” these days a lot. My little one loves to explore the book everyday with new enthusiasm and curiosity.

    The fingerprint marks that are the basis of every picture in the book is very unique and it makes the book so different . Every time my son opens the book, he spots something new and different.

    I love that the book has a hard cover and it is easy for the little hands to hold. The colourful ,bright pictures on every page makes it a fun book for kids.

    My 10 year old loves to read this book for my little one and they try to create their own creatures by bringing things from kitchen, play room and it makes a great activity time for them.

    Sea life Alphaprints definitely allow kids to use their imagination and be creative while thinking about new and different concepts.

  15. Many thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Pan Macmillan – Priddy Books for the opportunity to read and review this gorgeous book, Alphaprints Sea Life by Roger Priddy.

    I took the book with me on a family picnic which included my Cousin’s 2 year old granddaughter (E) and my 7 year old grandson (L). As soon as I showed it to E she took it and sat down on the picnic blanket, I showed her how to feel the textures on each page and as we went through the book she announced what each creature was and we talked about the funny things in the pictures. Meanwhile L was peering over our shoulders and laughing at the way parts of the creatures had been replaced by everyday objects like adjustable spanners, a hammer head (for the hammer head shark obviously), leaves, shuttlecock and umbrellas to name a few. Over the course of the afternoon E sat down and went through the book numerous times and was very excited when I said she could keep it.

    Although we didn’t read the verses, the vibrant colours on each page, textures and interesting and amusing objects replacing parts of each creature made the book an absolute delight to share. The book is a good size for young hands, and the pages sturdy enough to withstand the sometimes not so gentle attention provided by young readers. I loved that the book appealed to my 7 year old grandson as well, as he practiced his reading and observation skills. This is a book that will keep on giving in different ways for many years. Highly recommended, I give it 5 stars.

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