Caterpillar loves the supermarket. I can get away with calling a trip to Asda a ‘treat’. So when I saw that this book involved supermarkets and gremlins I knew instantly it would be a hit.
He also loves lift-the-flap books, always has done since he was very tiny. There’s something about that hide and seek element of play that children just seem to adore, isn’t there? But this is even better than your usual flap book simply because of the sheer volume of lift-ups on every page. Truth be told, I was struggling to find them all myself at first (in my defense I was highly sleep deprived at the time!). They are all different shapes and sizes, and each reveals a different gremlin caught in a variety of cheeky acts – this concept absolutely delighted Caterpillar. The really tiny flaps are great for fine motor skills too.
The illustrations are fun, fresh and really comical. There seems to be so much to see on every page, it actually takes a good long time to read the book as Caterpillar wants to point out and name everything he can see which is brilliant. The idea of naughty gremlins hiding within the usually mundane supermarket setting really captured his imagination, plus again this is great for speech development as he was keen to name all the different fruits and vegetables, cereals etc on display. We even used it as an opportunity for counting practice by asking Caterpillar to count how many gremlins are on each page when all the flaps are lifted.
As an added bonus it’s a rhyming narrative which regular readers will know I’m a huge fan of.
From the complex illustrations, to the many flaps to lift up, to the amusing story it feels like a great deal of effort has gone into this book and, considering the good price, you’re looking at really decent value. Caterpillar was occupied with the book well after we’d finished reading it. Supermarket Gremlins has everything, I can see this being a hit in our house for a good while to come.
To get your hands on a copy visit Egmont Publishing.