I know, I know – the little ones are quite happy applying their rampant creativity on empty boxes, bog roll tubes, corks and some sticky-back plastic. But (and there is always a but!) there are so many fun things available for kids these days – and as an interested (as well as loving) parent, why wouldn’t you want to be splurging a little on some of these fantastical creations?
Far from lost >> Multi-talented Oliver Jeffers is a genius – and he can create best-selling children’s book too. Although I note with intrigue that he calls them picture books rather than children’s books, it is clear he knows his primary audience. Stuck is a great book, with a superb trailer – but I do like a good crime caper; so The Great Paper Caper – a thrilling tale of mystery, crime, alibis, paper planes and bears will always win my vote. Watch the trailer for the Lost and Found by StudioAka.
Oh No George! >> From Chris Haughton, the writer of multi-prize winning A Bit Lost comes the mightily colourful and ever so peckish George. Super graphic illustrations, a simple and engaging story – what else could a middle-aged child want?
Handies? They are at the end of your wristies! >> You don’t have to be a professional toy maker or children’s book producer to dabble with kids stuff. It seems that product designers are quite skilled at producing stylish and fun things too – just like London based Hector Serrano with his many variations on the finger and hand-puppets genre. My personal favourite? Well it has to be the animal hand transfers.
Menagerie >> Yes, I am a sucker for cutsey forest animals, and these fun characters from Mibo are no exception! They might be from Brighton (no, Hove – not Brighton they cry!) and I think they too have had a bit of a Blue Peter period – but flat-packed, paper based “make it yourself” products are definitely a-la-mode – Mibo are so 2013 that it hurts!