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Reviewed: Lonely Planet Kids Adventures in… sticker books

It’s just days to our next flight, which means I’m doing my usual trick of frantically buying all kinds of things which are lightweight enough for hand luggage and exciting/interesting enough to entertain Minnie on the plane.

So far I’ve got crafts, books, new apps, new downloads, colouring and – of course – new stickers.

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Tongue out in concentration…

But as well as raiding my cache of trusty Usborne versions, I’ve been sent the new Lonely Planet Kids Adventures in… sticker books.

Aimed at three and up, each of the three versions looks at different areas of the world with eight pages of stickers and cut-out cover flaps (which we haven’t yet attempted).

Adventures in Cold Places includes snowy scenes, the Andes and the Sahara desert (as anyone who’s stayed in a desert at night will verify!) while Adventures in Busy Places covers major world cities. But to start, we picked Adventures in Wild Places.

You can’t go wrong with exotic and jungle animals when it comes to Minnie – bears, tigers, parrots, lions, are all eagerly pounced on but as this is Lonely Planet, there’s some more quirky options.

Joining the Amazon and India is the Mariana trench, complete with wonderfully weird anglerfish and warm vents. For older children, this would be such a great way to learn more as they’re playing – Minnie is admittedly younger than the target age so we’re sticking with the idea this is the sea, a long way down.

I’ve actually had quite a bit of fun myself pointing out places and saying ‘Mummy has been here’. Whether she’s remotely impressed is open to question!

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The quality of the books is also great with lovely thick glossy paper, and bonuses like colouring and ‘spot the xxx’ puzzles among the trivia and sticking.

The downsides? The stickers are intended to be reusable, so they’re made of a plasticky film rather than normal paper. Unfortunately this makes them a lot tougher for little fingers (and adult fingers on occasion) to get out, and they’re just as prone to ripping as standard ones without being too great at removing and resticking. I’ve simply treated them as single use stickers.

The filmy quality and the coloured backgrounds also mean that sometimes the stickers aren’t always that visible on the page. Minnie doesn’t really care, sticking fairly randomly, and older kids might be more careful about where they position everything – but if you want classic bright bold stickers, again, this isn’t it.

Niggles aside, these are beautifully produced books and at £5.99, you get far more and higher quality for your money than a lot of other brands.

And while Minnie is more focused on trying to stick monkeys in trees, it’s a great opening to talk to her about travel and the world – when she’s just a bit older, I can imagine these will be perfect for inspiring her.

 

Disclosure: I was sent the books for the purposes of review. All opinions remain my own.

 

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