The nice people at Harper Collins kindly sent us a couple of annuals to review. My children usually get an annual each from Father Christmas so they were excited to get ones a month early with the promise that Santa would still bring one on his sleigh!
The Hobbit an unexpected journey annual 2013
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of years you will know that one of the most keenly anticipated film events will finally be with us in December! My children have grown up with Lord of the Rings and have had the Hobbit read to them. Needless to say we are all excited about the film - just hoping I can take both to the cinema to see it but awaiting the final certificate....
In the meantime we had an argument over which child was the official reviewer of this annual as both my 9 year old daughter and 6 year old son claimed it! In the end I decided it would be my son who would try it out.
The book has plenty of snippets and photographs from the story and the film and my son recognised a few of the characters from Lord of the Rings:
The book is appealing to both children and adults and would be great for any fans. There are plenty of activities and puzzles to while away the Christmas holidays:
Definitely one to put on your list to Santa!
Hello Kitty annual 2013
This is ashamedly girlie with its bright pink cover! It is full of snippets from Hello Kitty:
There are also quizzes and activities for girls to do on their own or with friends:
If you have a slightly older Hello Kitty fan say 7 or up then they will have a lot of fun with this annual. It has great advice on friendship which is very important to this tween age group. In fact it would be a great basis for a sleepover.
I am sure that both of these will be very popular this Christmas but The Hobbit one would be the one I'd like to find in my stocking!