Review for Kiwi Mummy Blogs- Hairy Maclary and Friends: Cuddle and Play- A Crinkly Cloth Book. By Lynley Dodd.
I was sent the soft, cloth book featuring Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd to review. It arrived in a beautiful gift box, so I think this would make an ideal gift for a baby. I really pleased to receive a Hairy Maclary book, we have quite a few of these books by Lynley Dodd. My daughter is aged 3.5 years old and my son 20 months, so I felt they were too old for this book and for me to really do the review justice. I gave it to one of my friends who has a daughter the same age as mine and a baby daughter who was born at the end of July last year and I just knew the book would be perfect for a young baby.
The book is six pages long and features the lovable Hairy Maclary as well as his friends, Slinky Malinky and Zachary Quack. The pages are crinkly, and can be scrunched or shaken. And since the book is soft it would be the perfect toy for baby to cuddle.
I asked my friend Claire some questions about what she thought of the book and she also took some photos for me, what a star Her answers are in italics
What were your first thoughts of the book?
The packaging is appealing in the branded presentation box, I would definitely be pleased if someone bought me that as a gift.
What do you think your girls thought of the book?
As my 3 year old is already a Hairy Maclary fan she was attracted to it straight away and was keen to show it to her baby sister.
Who is it age appropriate for?
It is definitely age appropriate for a baby with the soft material and one page makes a rustle sound when you scrunch it so appealing for their sensory development. I could happily leave my baby with it AND let my 3 year old play with it near her as no hard edges and nothing sharp.
Would you buy it for someone else? Eg- a baby shower gift or new baby gift?
A great gift for someone who may already have all the ‘useful’ baby stuff or someone with a sibling that is already a Hairy Maclary fan. My only hesitation would be the price, I would probably want a bit more to show for my money – but baby safe toys always seem expensive for what they are when your looking at it from an adult perspective.
What are the illustrations and content like?
Illustrations were lovely as usual from Lynley Dodd but it wasn’t a story as such just a few lines from the main books.
Anything else to add?
Over all it isn’t something I would buy myself but often those are the things that make the best gifts.
I found this Hairy Maclary website which is well worth a visit and there are links so you can find shops, or websites if you wish to purchase this book or any other Hairy Maclary books.
The book was published 3rd December 2015, and retails for $25.00
Many thanks to my lovely friend Claire and her lovely daughters for assisting me with this review.