Review – First Time books by Child’s Play

Child’s Play have been producing brightly-coloured, highly-educational books for tots for a long time now. Their enormous range often features ‘sets’ of books that enlighten, educate and delight young kids, from classic fairytales through ‘how-to’ books and more traditional picture books.

The ‘First Time’ series of books for kids aged 2 – 5 is a tough-page soft cover collection that helps tots through their very first experiences, from the dentist and doctor to sleepovers and big days out. Children are depicted happily exploring a new situation – both its joys and foibles – and informative text effectively utilises short sentences, exclamations and lots of questions, making it extremely kid-friendly and relatable.

At the dentist . . . how long will we have to wait?  Will it hurt? What’s the best way of cleaning my teeth? On a sleepover . . . will I be homesick?  Will I like the food?  Will I be able to sleep?

Parents will love the informative, child-friendly text that gently encourages children to take furtive steps into Big Kid land, and kids will thoroughly enjoy the bright illustrations by Jess Stockham, that really pack a colour punch. Child-friendly size and book shape encourage child interactivity, and large, dancing typeface will help kids explore words on their own.

First Time Sleepover and First Time Dentist are just two of the books available; the collection also includes Baby Sitter, Vet, Big Day Out, Hospital, Nursery and Doctor.

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Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.