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There is so much going on in this book that no matter how many times we read it to my son, he never gets tired of it. The size of this book is humongous and the story is catchy. Each frame has loads and loads of items in it which makes looking at each frame time consuming and lots of fun. There is small mini game "search the goldbug" on each frame which is fun. You can just look at the detailed pictures of each frame and enjoy this book. The story is definitely an extra.
I bought this book for my then 2 year old son way back in 2015. I didn't leave a review at the time but I feel compelled to now because I spent a good hour of quality time this morning looking through it with my now 7 year old and it's only now that I realise it's importance and value.
There isn't much of a story to this book, and what story there is won't win any literary prizes, but on reflection I realise now that this is probably one of our most picked up books. We've spent literally hours over the course of the last 5 years just looking at the pages together, talking about the things that are going on, what the vehicles look like, who is driving them, what they might be used for etc etc and as my son has aged the things we see on each page has changed and so has our conversation about it—at 2 years old we read the story and talked about the silly cars but today I noticed the conversation has moved more towards why? and how? and my son being able to read the passages of text himself. Most of the books he had at 2 he has long since outgrown but not this one. I class this as one of those books we will keep as a memento of my sons early years, the one we spent hours flipping through the pages of peacefully connecting with each other.
If you're considering buying it, I would urge you to give it a go. When you get it, don't be put off by the Americanisms, and slightly out of date context. just look through it together, and let the conversation unfold. I promise you will still be doing the same several years later.
I got this fantastic book for a little boy I look after. Since he was 16 months old he has absolutely loved it - he's almost two now and it's still going strong. He wants to read it every single day. I also read it with another little boy who is just 3, who lives it just as much. I'd say it would suit children up to about 4 years old. There are so many different vehicles in there it's unreal! The little boys have learnt so much about the different vehicles, their names and what they do from this book. They know much more about tractors and diggers than I do now! And it's been great for vocabulary building as well. It's a large paperback book and just the right length to dip into at any time and find something different each time. I love all the Richard Scarry books and have almost all of them.
When I was a kid, Richard Scarry's books were always some of my favourites, and I can remember this one in particular. Sadly, I lost mine somewhere along the way, but I've now bought it for my own kid (2.5 years old) and he absolutely loves it. He finds the wonderful illustrations highly engaging, and also loves hunting for Goldbug.
I just love this book and all it’s humour. I bought it originally for my children and now for my grandson. All of them adore this book. After all these years the illustrations are as funny and interesting as when I best read it to my children
I had these books when I was a kid, and I brought this for my 3 year old. I think I loved it just as much as him. Great illustrations and the hunt for "gold bug" on each page adds a great addition to bedtime reading.