This review has taken me a while to do, but I wanted to see how these books our friends from Quarto Kids sent over would last over time. They both include beautiful illustrations and interactive pages which are a great tool for stimulating your child's imagination.
5 wild shapes and 5 wild numbers are two books which bring learning numbers and shapes to life. They both feature interactive pages which allow your child to learn number and shape formation through their sense of touch as well as sight. These interactive pages work by using sliding, circular discs which move in the number or shape being talked about on that page.
Aimed from age 3 years onwards, these books are brilliant for those in reception class. Lily's handwriting/ number formation was okay, but since using the wild numbers book she's improved a lot (we still get the odd case of not being able to read any of her writing, but that's 6 year olds for you!).
The standout factor of these books though for me are the illustrations. Wild numbers was designed by Bella Gomez, a textile and surface pattern designer who's used her creative skills to create some outstanding images for the book. Wild numbers features different animals from monkeys to parrots and the bright colours Gomez has used really brings them all to life.
5 Wild Shapes is illustrated by Camilla Falsini who is an illustrator and painter from Italy. Falsini has created a whole world for children to explore with shapes being blended into everyday life. My personal favourite is the hexagon page. The shape makes a section of a beehive and you trace the bee's journey to learn the shape formation.
I will say now that the books are quite heavy but I think that actually helps younger children. When Cecily is sat down looking at the book, the weight of it helps keep it in one place! The hard pages also means that the pages stay in one piece. I've found a lot of children's books end up with ripped pages and bent covers as they're just too flimsy and weak to withstand the force of a toddler. This won't be an issue with either of these books meaning they'll look fabulous for longer.
Reading and education in general are important to me. I want my children to be interested in reading and want them to be enthusiastic about learning and in a world full of iPads and social media, books like these are essential. They show that learning and reading can be fun and interactive without technology. The images are wonderful. Both artists have provided the books with stimulating visuals which appeal to all ages and abilities and bring both books to life.
Both books can be purchased through the Quarto Kids website: https://www.quartoknows.com/