I’ve said before that I’m a big fan of books. I love reading myself, and now to my son. I’ve noticed recently that a lot of children’s books are very samey. Meaning I’m always on the hunt for something new and different. That’s why I was excited when children’s author Bryony Supper offered to send us the first book in her new series “The Pasta Kidz”.
What are The Pasta Kidz?
The Pasta Kidz are humorous, zany, magical stories featuring The Pasta Kidz and their Petz.
Using a unique pasta language; the stories aim to show children that looks and languages do not have to matter, and that the most important thing is friendship.
What’s The First Book About?
The first book in The Pasta Kidz series is called The Inventing Tubes. The first of 25 planned books. Each telling their own unique story with a moral message to both inform and entertain young readers.
In this initial adventure, we meet Sarah Spagetti and Marc Macaroni. We see them try their hand at inventing fun objects. Sarah proves that football is not just for boys; and they both meet a very grumpy Pastaball whilst playing the sport.
WHAT AGE RANGE IS THIS BOOK SUITABLE FOR?
The entire Pasta Kidz series is predominantly aimed at 4-7 year olds. Namely because the books aim to teach primary school aged children about developing friendships, and accepting others for who they are. Regardless of their looks or background.
This first book contains 16 pages of storyline, with around 100 words per page. Which further explains why it would be more suited to slightly older children. As most younger kids would get bored reading a story of this length.
Chase is now 19 months old, and allowed me to read a few pages before he got distracted. I ended up reading small snippets from each page to him – mainly the songs. And used the pictures to point out specific references in the songs. He actually really enjoyed this approach, as he loves singing, and looking at colourful pictures in books. Plus he gets to point out the characters that he’s remembered from the last time we read it together.
Whilst this book was made for older children, I do feel that it could be purchased for a child from about 12-18 months as a progressive book to grow with. Offering new songs to enjoy, and brightly illustrated images, with more variety more common baby books. Though I do agree that the series are perfectly suited to primary school aged children – and would make a great “starting school” gift to reinforce the concept of friendship in a fun and engaging way.
As there are plans to release a full 25 book series. Buying early also means that you can build your collection slowly. So as and when the books are released, you can get the next in the series. With the aim that when your child is at reading age, they should have a good amount of the series already collected.
Personally, I prefer hardback books. So it would be good if there was an option to purchase either hardback or paperback versions of the book. If like me, you have a shelf for your children’s books, paperbacks unfortunately have a tendency to fall over. Either that, or later down the line, I would like to see a Pasta Kidz themed display case released to store all of The Pasta Kidz books together.
Colourful & Creative
I loved the bright and colourful illustrations throughout the book. And the way that Bryony has used an instantly recognisable household food such as “Pasta” as the basis for creating her characters.
I can see lots of potential for interactive play sessions using real pasta to recreate some of the scenes in the books. As well as attempting to make some of the characters themselves! Offering you great ways of introducing “learning through play” activities for all ages.
Where Can I Get a Copy?
You can purchase the first edition of The Pasta Kidz from Amazon for just £4.99.
Overall, we really enjoyed the book, and are grateful to Bryony for introducing us to her magical world. We look forward to the release of further books in The Pasta Kidz series!
You can find out more about The Pasta Kidz on their website.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of The Pasta Kidz – The inventing Tubes in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All photos are copyright to either adventuresofmummyandme.com or The Pasta Kidz brand. All views in this review are 100% my own. This page contains affiliate links.