Reviewed by Melody Floyde
From a young age I have always loved reading books, and am so pleased that this seems to have rubbed off on my six-year-old son who, at the moment, is keen to read anything he can lay his hands on. I was therefore very happy to be asked to review a book of my choice from Cicada books.
I had never heard of Cicada books, but from a quick look at their website I found out that they are a New York Times Award Winning children’s publisher. They started out making adult art and design books, and there are still several adult books available to purchase on the website, but they now specialise in books for children aged 4-11 years. There are lots of different books to choose from on the website ranging from activity books through picture books and non-fiction.
I was asked to choose which book I would like to review and it was so difficult to decide as all of the books looked so appealing, I honestly would have been happy with any of them. There was such a lovely range of books that appeared to be a bit different to the run of the mill books that pop up so regularly on other websites. All of them were beautifully illustrated and looked like they would be so engaging for children. There was a fabulous mix of fiction and non-fiction books which I knew my son would absolutely love to read.
In the end I plumped for a non-fiction title – Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Cars by Elliot Kruszynski as I thought this would appeal to both of my sons who are interested in cars (mainly fast ones on their video games). The back cover told me that the book would be a journey through time from the early days of steam cars to electric cars, and how the car has changed over time and what we can expect in the future. All accompanied by Professor Wooford McPaw whoever he is.
Once I had ordered the book I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it arrived. It was just a couple of days before it popped through the letterbox and I was so happy with my choice. The book is hardback, and is just so colourful and engaging taking children all the way through history looking at different types of cars, how they were invented, how they work, where they come from and any other facts that you could possibly want to know, all in a lovely child friendly way. There is also a double page maze in the middle of the book which my son enjoyed doing, and then right at the very bottom of the last page the task of looking for the five golden bones hidden throughout the book is revealed, which is such a great idea as it means the child has finished the book and then goes back though again (rather than mentioning it at the start, meaning children would skip through just to find them). My son absolutely loved the book so I definitely made a good choice. He read the whole book in one sitting and now has lots of facts to share about cars.
I would highly recommend Cicada books for anyone looking for some lovely children’s books that are a bit different to the norm. You won’t be disappointed!
This product can be purchased from Cicada Books here.