Being that I don't have a child at home, I was not overly familiar with the "Caillou" television series or the books until just recently. I had heard that the show and the subsequent materials that were a result of the show were incredibly successful and that children all over the world were just loving this little guy named Caillou. Well...when a box of review materials showed up at my door a couple of weeks ago, I quickly studied up on all things Caillou and can most definitely see the appeal to toddlers and other little ones.
This little Caillou fellow is such a real-to-life character, participating in realistic events and activities that little kids can actually relate to him. It's not fantasy, talking animals, or rhyming stanzas (though they are all certainly fun too), but real things that kids do on a daily basis.
The first I read was a lift-the-flap book, My First Real Vacation, in which Caillou experiences his first plane ride. Though a paperback, the actual flaps were pretty sturdy and made the book more interactive. Definitely a plus.
I also saw a super-board book (my own description), ABC Train, which doubled as a puzzle book. In it, Caillou takes all his stuffed animals for a ride on his "train" using his imagination. Nice, sturdy puzzle pieces can be popped out of the pages and they all connect together, ultimately forming a train alphabet. This one was probably my favorite and would make a great toddler gift.
Another board book, this one a bit smaller with a puffy cover, Where Is Teddy?, is aimed at the younger set and features Caillou searching for his favorite stuffed animal. Simple, to-the-point. A nice bedtime story.
Finally, a 5 book boxed set for slightly older kids, these books would be great for learning to read. Includes the titles Caillou Makes a Snowman, Caillou Sleeps Over, Caillou and Rosie's Doll, Caillous Plans a Surprise, and Caillou Puts Away His Toys. Nice messages, easy to read, very simple format.
The colors used in all of the books are bright, primary colors, very eye-catching and bold. Overall, a great series of titles, and though I haven't seen the television show, I can see why the books are so popular. There is a whole lot of "excitement" in the books, but sometimes a little less excitement is what we all need. Keeping it simple.
I am going to be selecting one lucky winner to be sent allllllll the items I just wrote about. You will get the ABC Train, the 5 book boxed set, Where Is My Teddy, and My First Vacation. All are brand new and would make a fabulous gift for a toddler!!!
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