Last week BookBairn celebrated her first birthday, and I can't believe how quickly the year has flown in and how much she has changed. ...

A Baaaa Book

Sunday, March 20, 2016 BookBairn 7 Comments

Last week BookBairn celebrated her first birthday, and I can't believe how quickly the year has flown in and how much she has changed. It certainly makes our days more exciting now that they involve play, conversations, dancing, crawling, (almost) walking alongside the eat, sleep, repeat that those early days revolved around. She has become quite the little mimic and will repeat many of the words and sounds that she hears and has also started to learn lots of words. Alongside the usual mama and dada, she can now tell you about the menagerie of animals that we are collecting.

One of her favourite chatterbox activities is to talk about animal noises and she is particularly fond of "sssss" for snake, "baaa" for sheep and a clip clop noise of horses feet. Not surprisingly then "Baby's First Playbook: Farm" by Jo Lodge makes for great fun, play and noises! As you are probably aware our house is overflowing with books so BookBairn has renamed some of her favourites so that we can help her find the one she's after. This one has been renamed "booo-k baaaaa" (clearly because it has a sheep in it!).

This book is full of entertainment for little ones and Bookbairn enjoys playing with it by herself as well as reading with grown ups. It has taken her a little time to master the pull and slide tabs (and even now she prefers to move the pictures without using the tabs) but that never stopped her enjoying this book from the very first read.

This book consists of ten pages filled with interactive, brightly coloured illustrations of some farm animal favourites. On the publishers website Jo Lodge is not only described as an illustrator but a 'paper engineer' and I have no doubt that she is deserving of such a description. The thick and sturdy tabs reveals illustrations of farm animals in Jo Lodge's distinctive style that appeals to little readers that are set in frames of high contrast patterns and shapes. We now have several books by Jo Lodge and find that all her characters are incredibly appealing with their cute and funny expressions and clear lines complimented by bold colours, which are perfectly designed to engage little ones as their eyesight develops.

The engineering in this book will no doubt engage many little bookbairns. Several of the pages have pull and slide tabs which reveal animal pals but BookBairn particularly enjoys the page with the sunshine that when you move the tab up and down makes the rays of the sun move (the counter side makes cute little ducks bob up and down on the pond). She giggles everytime we 'read' this page!
The last pages reveal a shiny mirror that BookBairn loves to kiss and the final page which has pictures of all the animals from the book and she likes to point at the sheep (shouting "baaaa") and the horse ("clip clip clop") and the baby ("baby" - yes a proper word too!).

For anyone with little readers like BookBairn this book is a must have! We read/play with this 'Playbook' every day! We are looking forward to the next Playbook by Jo Lodge and Campbell Publishers (it's called Baby's First Playbook: Peepo and features lots of different babies and their parents).

Love Mummy and BookBairn xx

One from the cutting
 room floor for you! She 
didn't much like posing 
as a little flower!

*DISCLAIMER* I was given our book for free by the author, however, all words and opinions are my own.



  1. Am smiling at thought of a sound-based activated book cataloguing system

  2. I love BookBairn's words and sounds and this book looks to be perfect for her. Looking forward to Easter weekend.

    1. She is learning new words by the day! "Papa" is a favourite!

  3. aaa happy belated birthday. Love that last picture, such a cute flower ;) Thanks for sharing with #ReadWIthMe