Thursday, 9 August 2012

Buddy & Vernon's Adventures, Vol.1 - A Review & Giveaway

I am constantly looking out for activities to do with my kids. If you have a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old who are allergic to napping, you're going to want lots of ideas to keep them occupied. Something that has helped me along in this area, recently, is this book...

Image courtesy of Risio

About this book
This is an activity book for kids ages 5 to 8. In this book you'll find 10 fun-filled, educational and interactive activities for parents to do with their kids. Every activity is an adventure that inspires learning and exploring. Going through the book together is an opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their kids. Parents are also encouraged to print pictures of their child in action and paste them at the end of every activity. In that way it becomes a a keepsake for the child. Here's a sneak peek of what's inside the book...

Stickers included!
(Image courtesy of Risio)

What we think
Calling the activities, adventures is a great way to get the kids interested and excited about the book. As soon as we got the book, my son was ready to dig into it. He just couldn't wait to get started!



He flipped through every page and decided he wanted to be Alexander Graham Bell. We got to work making his first "phone". A classic, easy activity to do with the kids.






They had a tonne of fun with this simple homemade toy. I even threw in a lesson about how sound travels.

I like the colourful and attractive illustrations of the book. I also like how every adventure comes with clear, step-by-step instructions. The best part of the book, for me, would have to be the educational aspect of the activities. You can get the kids started on topics such as entomology, botany, cinematography, environmental issues, science and genealogy! As we went through each activity, I was inspired to help my kids explore these areas and in the process, learnt a thing or two myself. 

Where to get your own
Buddy & Vernon's is available at MPH Publika and other MPH outlets in PJ and KL. Or you can purchase it online here.

Giveaway
And now, here's a treat for you - Risio is giving away 3 copies of Buddy & Vernon's Adventures Vol.1 (worth RM39 each) to 3 lovers of Kiddothings. However, this giveaway is open to earthlings with a Klang Valley (Malaysia) address only (which means if you're living out of Klang Valley but have an address here you can loan, you can still enter *wink wink*). I apologise to my readers and followers from over the seas. Sending you lots of virtual hugs and kisses instead.

Entry requirements:

1. Like Risio on Facebook.
2. Like Buddy and Vernon on Facebook.
3. Like Kiddothings on Facebook, if you haven't already and feel you would like to.
4. Like yourself and the others around you.
5. Leave me a comment that you have already done 1 to 4, and include a valid e-mail address. In case you have trouble leaving me a comment here, please head over to The Public Complaints Bureau of Kiddothings and leave me one there.

Winners will be chosen randomly the old-fashioned way i.e. I'll get my kids to draw the names.

Contest ends on 16 August 2012, 12 noon local time and winners will be announced on 17 August 2012. 

If you're in the mood for some video watching, here's one by Risio.



I was provided with a copy of the book to assist in writing my review. No compensation was received (although wished for) and all opinions are my own.

This contest is now closed.
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