Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed DK‘s The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever. This week we’re going young again with Silver Dolphin Books’ Snappy Sounds Space (age 0-3), by Derik Matthews. I have to thank Crystal at Raincoast Books for my review copy.
Snappy Sounds: Space follows Kitty and Mouse on a super adventure in their handmade rocket ship. They discover weightlessness in space, visit a strange new planet and even make some new friends. As you open each page, Kitty and Mouse jump out at you in fun and exciting ways, like when their rocket ships blasts off right out of the page. With each pop-up surprise, kids are also greeted with crazy space sound effects.
For a pop-up sound book the story is still quite entertaining, telling the tale of Kitty and Mouse’s journey. The pages are made of a thicker stock to hold the pop-up images. The images themselves are bright and colourful. Along with the story, kids will find a visual reference to key space terms on the side of the book, like helmet, gauge, crater.
My 3-year-old loves this book, especially because it has a Kitty. She loves opening and closing the pages to make it look as though the ship is blasting off or Kitty is floating in space. The sounds aren’t sound effects; you won’t hear a rocket or jetpack noise as you open the pages. The sounds are more silly space sounds, like computer instruments, but that didn’t stop my 3-year-old from going through the pages again and again (though after a while I had my fill of them). My daughter still loves to sit in her room and look at Snappy Sounds: Space on her own.
There are a number of different books in the Snappy Sounds series such as Snappy Sounds: Robots, Snappy Sounds: Moo, Snappy Sounds: Woof , Snappy Sounds: Surprise Party and even some holiday themed ones like Snappy Sounds: Boo and Snappy Sounds: Ho Ho Ho (I love holiday themed books).
You can add Snappy Sounds: Space to your library by visiting your local book seller or Raincoast Books. For other great book recommendations for kids, read through some of the past Write a Review Wednesday posts.