Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Captain Kangaroo's Activity Book


Captain Kangaroo's Activity Book Captain Kangaroo's Activity Book by Lothian/Hachette Australia, illustrated by Mandy Foot
PB RRP $12.99
ISBN 978 0 7344 1310 9
Reviewed by Hilary Smillie

Following the success of the in-house picture books, Come Fly with Captain Kangaroo (2011) and Captain Kangaroo and the Great Balloon Race (2012), Lothian/Hachette and Mandy Foot have again combined talents to produce a great companion activity book. While the picture books are aimed at a younger flying audience, many of  the activities in Captain Kangaroo's Activity Book will also interest and entertain the high end of primary age children. Parents will enjoy helping the under-sevens solve the puzzles and answer the questions, and may even find they have to stop and think twice!

Mandy Foot's colourful Aussie animal crew, luggage and hot air balloon illustrations are featured as shiny stickers centre-page, and a set of colouring pencils is attached to the easily-recognised cover with its white plane and Captain Kangaroo in the cockpit. There are various black and white drawings waiting to be coloured in, including a colour-by-numbers drawing to assist the indecisive. A travel diary, a passport to cut out once home and a word search puzzle based on air travel words are just a few examples they kids will enjoy.

Captain Kangaroo's Activity Book is packed with fun and is a happy and educational way to  keep boredom in check while in-flight. With 24 pages to choose from, kids are bound to be absorbed for hours on end.  

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