We love books in this household, absolutely adore them, and our bookcases are heaving as a result. As good as they all are they therefore have to be pretty special to stand out from all the rest around them especially when you're reading them through for the first time. That's where Jack's Mega Machines: The Rocket Racing Car has a fantastic unique selling point that instantly makes it stand out from all the other books on Little Miss C's bookcase - inside the back cover is this cardboard vehicle - exactly the same as the racing car in the story.
When we put this together for LMC straight after reading the story she was beside herself with excitement; "Same as in my book, same as in my book" she kept shouting. Talk about bringing a book to life infront of a child's eyes!
In the story Jack is a mechanic whose workshop has magic powers. As soon as he drives his car out of the doors he is transported into outer space in a rocket racing car and he gets to race with a load of aliens in a space race. Quite what LMC would make of this I wasn't sure as she's not really been exposed to many aliens yet (have many two years olds?), but she thought they were fantastic. All different colours, shapes, sizes and with varying numbers of eyes and limbs she was pointing them out for ages. The idea of a racing car taking part in a race fitted in really well in her mind, especially since Mummy and Daddy are such big F1 fans!
The Rocket Racing Car is the first in the Jack's Mega Machines series and I can instantly see these being a big hit with any little one who loves vehicles. Having the removable vehicles to help bring the stories to life is an excellent twist to a "normal" book and is very popular with one young bookworm in this house!
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Jack's Mega Machines: The Rocket Racing Car by publishers Simon and Schuster for the puposes of this review.