"A lovely gift…"
I was given a boardbook version when I went on Maternity Leave from work. It was a lovely book. DD loved seeing the peepo! holes to look through, she loves being asked what else she can see, we love to see what the other siblings are up to. The illustrations are quite lovely. A family classic.
As the book is a boardbook, it's hard for baby hands to rip, but it's easy for them to help turn the page.
DD is nearly 2 and it's still a favourite book, she loves the rhyme and she's got efficient at finding things and pointing out where people are and the names/tasks.Read moreLess
"Comments from other Mumsnetters: "Lovely pictures, repetitive, comforting and cosy family…"
Comments from other Mumsnetters:
"Lovely pictures, repetitive, comforting and cosy family life images". "Great illustrations with new things to spot each time, wonderful lilting rhyming text and of course the favourite game for a one year old - Peepo - with special holes to look through". "May be worth investing in a sturdy hardback copy if you mostly read at home, we're on our third paperback version, (back came off, peepo holes ripped) but we like the paperback because it's easy to take everywhere with us".Read moreLess
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"A really lovely book and even as a tiny baby…"
A really lovely book and even as a tiny baby they seem to like the rhythm of the verses. Highly recommendedRead moreLess
"This is a great book with lots of crowded interesting…"
This is a great book with lots of crowded interesting pictures. My daughter likes to pick out things in the illustrations.
She has loved this book from since she was tiny and now at age 2 loves it even more although she does say poopee when we turn each page rather than peepo!Read moreLess
"My daughter adores this book and reads it every night,…"
My daughter adores this book and reads it every night, pointing at the pictures and turning the pages. Brilliant.Read moreLess
"Peepo is a lovely, gorgeous book. There is so much…"
Peepo is a lovely, gorgeous book. There is so much to see on each page and so much to talk about that my DD never tires of reading it. The artwork is stunning. It makes a wonderful gift.Read moreLess
"Our whole family loves this book: the girls can still…"
Our whole family loves this book: the girls can still recite it and we have never tired of reading it to them, such is the period detail of the illustrations and the ease of the rhyme scheme.Read moreLess
"This is my daughter's (20 months) favourite book. She loves…"
This is my daughter's (20 months) favourite book. She loves the detailed pictures and joining in on the 'peepo'. She's recently started demanding to have the book in her cot with her at night so she can cuddle up to it.Read moreLess
"I was looking forward to reading Peepo! to my daughter…"
I was looking forward to reading Peepo! to my daughter because she'd loved the authors other book, The Baby's Catalogue. I read Peepo! myself because she was asleep when it was delivered and I found it a charming and beautifully illustrated, I couldn't wait for her to wake up so I could show it to her.
What a let down though. I pulled my daughter onto my lap once she'd woken up and started reading the book to her, by the time we got to the fourth page she was wriggling to get down and wouldn't interact with the story at all. She's 13 months old and I thought she'd enjoy the die-cut peep holes which show a snippet of the drawing on the next page but she didn't show very much interest compared to other peep hole books she has.
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous but they are all very pale in colour as if they have been drawn in pastels rather that the bright and cheerful colours that work best in books for young babies. The story is a rhyming tale of a baby's day in the 1940's and he gets up, has breakfast, rides around the park in his pram and generally has a lovely time while World War 2 rages on in the background. I found it quite touching when baby's Daddy comes in dressed in his soldiers uniform to give him a kiss, it's a moving part of the book and I thought about all the Daddy's of the war who would kiss their baby and go off to face who knows what horrors.
My daughter, of course, did not understand any of this and all she could see was the dull drawings so she went off to play with her toys and other books. It's a shame really but I cannot say I blame her as there is little on each page to really hold her interest, I found it nostalgic and interesting to look through the book but it's not fun for young babies like the other Allan Ahlberg books I've seen.
The text in Peepo! is a lovely flowing poem which my daughter will listen to for a few minutes, but even when I sing it she doesn't really want to sit still to listen to 30 pages worth of it. I think if the pictures were more attractive and exciting to look at then she would have shown more interest in the story but visually this book just isn't exciting enough for her to enjoy. All of the text is simple so an older child who is just learning to read would be able to follow the words and the added advantage is that because it's a rhyming book the story can be learned parrot fashion and then applied once your child is reading alone.
My copy of Peepo! is a board book but it's also available in paperback. The board pages are thick and glossy meaning my daughter can hold the book comfortably herself, and also the pages are very durable and will wipe clean with a baby wipe. You can buy a copy forRead moreLess
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"My child loved the rhymes and pictures, and I loved…"
My child loved the rhymes and pictures, and I loved it for the pure nostalgia of a bygone age. There's lots going on in the pictures so as well as the rhymes we enjoyed spotting various things and talking about them. A classic book for very small children.Read moreLess
"We all love this book. The text is lovely…"
We all love this book. The text is lovely to read & the pages are so detailed, there's loads of stuff to point out making it different but the same everytime. If given the choice dd would choose this book every timeRead moreLess
"the best baby book every in my opinion- beautiful illustrations…"
the best baby book every in my opinion- beautiful illustrations and lovely rhyming story. I love reading this almost as much as the kids love listening to it!Read moreLess
"I love this and can recite at a moments notice…"
I love this and can recite at a moments notice and so does my child, absolutely magicalRead moreLess
"A lovely, gentle book with rich illustration and a magical…"
A lovely, gentle book with rich illustration and a magical rolling rhyme. My son (18 months) has enjoyed it from tiny and now is beginning to access the detail of the pictures and the language. This is a book to last and keep on providing through the developing years.Read moreLess
"A lovely book for babies. Short rhyming text and beautiful…"
A lovely book for babies. Short rhyming text and beautiful pictures of a c1940s family. Those of us "of a certain age" recognise items of our grandparents from our childhoods! Lots of detail to talk about with the baby (where's the dog?)Read moreLess
"This is a lovely book featuring a baby's day (in…"
This is a lovely book featuring a baby's day (in the 1940s) and all that he can see. Peepo! All 3 of my babies have loved it in turn and the older ones still enjoy it with baby now. The illustrations have great detail.Read moreLess