When I was asked to review a range of Smellessence Splotz books, published through Autumn Publishing, I have to say I was rather intrigued.
Smellessence state: We are the leading publisher of ‘scented’ books for children that are fun, engaging and encourage children to read. This new and exciting technology involves children in the story and allows them to interact with the books on a multisensory level.
I’ve not come across books that smell before and wondered what my Monkey bookworm would make of them.
We were thrilled to receive the full set of 4 Splotz story books – complete with scented stickers.
The Splotz books are written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by David Boyle – there are 4 colourful characters – Ice (with a nice Minty scent), Blossom (who smells of Cherries), Bubbles (yep, you’ve guessed it, she smells of bubblegum) and Splitz (banana boy!). The small little story books are 24 pages long and aimed at the over 3-year-old, so perfect for a nearly 3 and half year old Monkey.
I have to say that these books were an instant hit with Monkey, he found the stories really funny. The rhyming text kept his attention and he was so surprised when we got to the last page and he could actually SMELL something when each of the characters when Spoltz! As readers of my book reviews will know I never reveal the ending for the books I review, so if you want to find out what makes these cheeky little characters explode – go buy the books
To top his day off, each book comes complete with 18 stickers which you can also rub to release the character’s smell. He got straight to sticking them all around the living room and kept going back to sniff them – they thoroughly amused him. They even made smelly decorations for his dinosaur cave on Saturday! I have to say, that 5 days after the first ones were rubbed, they still smell as strongly as they did last Thursday – can’t be bad.
The Splotz collection retail at £2.99 (2013 price) and Activity books are also available in the same series.
We were also sent a Scentsational Storybook Theo at the Park, written by Jaclyn Crupi and illustrated by Aurélia Verdoux.
This 24 page book is also aimed at the over 3 year olds and is a lovely story about a little dog called Theo who has lost his sense of smell. We join him on his journey as he retraces his steps to find his smelly nose, with lots of scented surprises for us, the readers, along the way. I really liked this book, the story and the vibrant illustrations. Monkey loved trying to work out which pages had the smelling ‘scentsations’.
Theo at the Park retails at £6.99 (2013 price) and I can thoroughly recommend it.
disclaimer: We went sent all the books mentioned for the purpose of review, our comments though remain our own honest opinions