The Big Sticker Book of the Blue
"While the concept of The Big Sticker Book of the Blue is excellent and is certain to appeal to both parents and children, the mechanics of the book may make the book unusable . . ."
Filled with full color illustrations and over 200 reusable stickers, The Big Sticker Book of the Blue is an attractive, engaging coloring and activity book. The drawings are cartoonish enough to be appealing to a child’s sense of humor while still being anatomically correct, and the games appeal to common elements cherished by children: sharp teeth, brightly colored coral, penguins, etc.
The activities differ on each page, and range from tic-tac-toe to drawing tentacles on jellyfish. There are enough activities and stickers in the back to keep several children busy for a few hours, and the book would make an ideal car ride activity or rainy day book. Adults, too, will find the facts presented interesting and occasionally irreverent, bringing a note of humor to the book:
‘Sharks don’t eat people on purpose but they have been known to mistake them for seals and big fish.’
Mechanical issues, however, make the book hard to use in the manner intended. The sticker sheets in the back cannot be readily removed so that a child might lay them out next to the book, forcing the child to continuing flip back and forth between pages. The stickers do not easily remove from their backing—even with the outline sticker (the area from which the stickers were punched by the machine)—removed first. Both adult and child fingers seem ill-suited to sticker removal without tearing—and the stickers are quite fragile. Although the stickers are detailed and delightfully shaped, tails, fins, and heads routinely separate while both trying to take the sticker from the back sheet and also when applying.
In that same vein, although the stickers are “resusable,” they do not come off the paper without tearing. The parts that do come off do restick, but the tearing of the coveted stickers produced enough tears that the children investigating the book did not wish to continue.
While the concept of The Big Sticker Book of the Blue is excellent and is certain to appeal to both parents and children, the mechanics of the book may make the book unusable, especially after the first application of stickers, for all but the most careful, nimble-fingered children and their very patient parents.