The Big, Big Bing Book! by Lucy Murphy, Freddie Hutchins, Neil Dunnicliffe and Stella Gurney

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The Big, Big Bing Book! by Lucy Murphy, Freddie Hutchins, Neil Dunnicliffe and Stella Gurney

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A big book in all senses of the word. All things Bing (and a few extras) are in here!
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 14 Date: October 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0008139599

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We've all seen books described as big. It usually means that the book is a bit bigger than usual, or thicker, or it's a bind up of some previously-published books. That's not the case with The Big, Big Bing Book! It could well be bigger than your toddler at nearly two feet high and over fifteen inches wide and weighing in at well over a kilo. You need space to open it. This is not the book you take along on a trip just chance a little distraction is needed from the Bingster. It might be a book which is pored over - it's almost certainly going to be a book which is crawled over as that's likely to be the only way that your toddler is going to be able to give the content the attention which they will feel that it so richly deserves.

So, what's in it? Well, it isn't a story but a series of double-page spreads of all things Bing. There are no fancy title pages (waste of space to Bing fans, obviously) and we're straight into the characters who inhabit Bing's world. They're all there on the page and you'll know them better than I do. Then we're into Bing's house which we go through room to room and sometimes object by object. (There's even a warning about not forgetting to flush the toilet.) Over the page we take a look at Bing's world - the places he visits and things he does on a regular basis.

Playtime is obviously the most important time of day and we have a double-page spread on all the fun things which Bing does - and which your toddler could do too. Good luck with the conga. Then we're into some more educational stuff: colours to recognise (including colours of the rainbow), counting and finding objects. We finish with examples of opposites and the seasons. It's all gently educational without being too obviously worthy.

The thick board pages are laminated, so easily wiped down from the inevitable spills and drooling. I was surprised by the strength of the spine of the book which stood quite a lot of crawling over without parting company, even when it was open at the first or last pages - the obvious weak points.

There's a lot of fun to be had in this book and it could make a wonderful gift for an avid Bing fan. I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy of the book to the Bookbag.

If you're looking for a smaller Bing book we can recommend Bing: Make Music by Ted Dewan.

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