I might be able to adequately evaluate a product or a book, providing my readers with some insights into why I like it, but when it comes to books for kids, the best way to find out whether or not the book is worth its salt is to hand it to my kids.
Anika is participating in Book-It this year and is dedicated to reading not just 20 minutes 5 days a week but at least 20 minutes every single day of the month. Including holidays. With her reading time at hand, I asked her if she’d take a look at “Where In the World Am I?” and let me know what she thought.
20 minutes went by. Then 30. Then 45.
That alone makes the book worth it, because Dave and I rarely get 45 full minutes of uninterrupted evening time to enjoy a conversation or show together. Ever. Right there, the book would probably earn the endorsement of this desperate mom whose kids are at that awkward “we’re too old to need a sitter but young enough we’ll kill each other if you leave us alone” stage.
But then, when Anika DID come out, book in hand, to excitedly show me how, when you get to page 10 you have to flip to page 27 to see this great picture (that you can color yourself!) and read page 28 and THEN go back to page 10, I was sold.
The book is created to encourage kids to interact, pay attention, read, and think. It engages them to be thoughtful. Anika is 9 and loved it, but my 11-year old thought the weekly activities would be fun to do and younger kids would be just as enamored. When they say it is a book for kids from 3-93, I believe it.
“Where In the World Am I?” was so engaging for Anika that she read the entire book in one sitting and wanted to start again. When I explained to her that flip side of the book had weekly activities that she could do, her first remark was, “When will volume 2 be out? This is awesome!” Luckily, there are many volumes available from Planet Fassa. Visit their bookshelf to learn more.
That it comes from a company dedicated to helping parents raise healthy, happy kids and provides 52 weeks of fun for a very reasonable price, I’d highly recommend it. And, according to Amazon, if you request 2-day shipping (free for Prime members) it’s not too late to add this to your Christmas list.
Planet Fassa provided me with a copy of this book so that I could offer my honest review. You can read my full FTC disclosure here.