Toy Review: Duplo Books

As part of the Duplo blogger programme, this week K and I have been trying out the new range of Duplobooks. What’s the concept? “A brand new concept in conjunction with publisher, Dorling Kindersley, the series features three unique sets each with a beautifully illustrated story book and set of brightly coloured bricks.  As your child reads along they can also build, bringing to life the characters in each story and immersing themselves in role play, making learning fun.”

We have three books, a story about a rainbow caterpiller called Grow Caterpiller, Grow, one about farm animals called Busy Farm, and one about a plane and racing car called Let’s Go Vroom. I think the racing car story was K’s favourite – with a car and a plane included it is a winner for small boys. The books are well designed. As you turn each page you get simple instructions to either add on another piece or create a simple model. In the farm book you can make the relevant animal noise as you build a pig, cow, cockerel and sheep. My favourite was the insect book. Alongside the rainbow caterpiller which grows throughout the book, you get to make a snail, a beetle and (not quite an insect!) a frog. I’m continually amazed at the ingenuity of Lego designers: in this book you can create a frog out of just four pieces of Duplo, one of which I had met in a previous incarnation as a basin in a Duplo playhouse which my nieces had about twenty  years ago which has now been handed down to us.

At £9.99, the book and bricks are a great value toy or gift. 

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