The girls have been fans of Thomas and Friends for as long as I can remember. We often go to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor, in fact Lia has been going since she was four months old. The girls love both reading Thomas books and playing with the characters. So when we were asked to review Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey book and play scene, I knew they were going to love it.
Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey – The Book
I love reading with the girls and any book that can keep both of them engaged scores top marks from me. Pop-Up books are always the most exciting kind and this one didn’t disappoint.
The story follows Thomas’ Journey out of the station. You have to follow the track to find out where he’s going today. He heads off over the level crossing and the Signalman asks where he’s going next. It’s time to follow the track again to find out. Next, Thomas stops at the water tower to fill his boiler and the children call out to see where he’s going. Then we follow the track over to the next page.
Thomas’ exciting journey takes him under the bridge and past the cows. They wonder where he’s off to so we follow the track again to see.Thomas makes his way through the Docks and his friend Cranky the Crane asks where he’s going. Finally it’s time to follow the track one last time to see his destination. And as it’s a sunny day, Thomas has decided to make his way to the beach and spend the day by the sea. When you get to the end of the story, it’s time to open it out and see Sodor come to life.
The Play Scene
The play scene very cleverly makes use of all the pages in the book. You can carefully open them out to create a large play-mat. The box that Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey comes in also contains some cardboard characters. Children can use the characters to re-enact Thomas’ journey, or invent their own stories. What I loved the most about the play scene was that both girls were happy to play on it together. It’s big enough for them to do their own thing if they don’t want to play the same game.
I love the detail in Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey because on the other side of each page, you will find some information about all the characters and places. The girls enjoyed finding out a bit about them all and incorporated what they’d learnt when they were using the play scene.