The Froobles: Little Jack Potato and the big surprise (Top That! Publishing, 2011)
Froobles is a brand I was not aware of before receiving this book for review, but consists of 12 fruit and vegetable characters in books, enhanced e-books, apps and free online games.
I received Little Jack Potato several months ago but avoided writing about it because I couldn’t find anything nice to say. On re-reading it this week I can say that the font is excellent for early readers being just like the letters children are taught at school. I really, really love the font.
The gist of the story is that the potato character plays a bunch of dangerous tricks on his friends (unscrewing wheels off roller skates; turning volume of music up too high; tripping up with elastic – all potentially extremely hazardous). The friends then gang up and humiliate him whilst laughing at his discomfort. Then finally, he hasn’t really learnt anything from the events anyhow.
So now Little Jack Potato thinks twice about playing tricks on his friends.
Well… most of the time!
The website states the aim of these stories is to “have fun adventures and learn valuable lessons” but I don’t believe this story meets that aim. MG and DG weren’t that impressed, other than with the stickers. I am reviewing Little Jack Potato in isolation of the rest of the Froobles brand as I’ve not seen any other product.
The aim of the series is good, and I like the idea that the scenes are based on children’s pictures. The colourful characters appear to be a modern take on The Garden Gang stories from my childhood, and given the media reports on many children who don’t know what fruit and vegetables look like, this can only be a good thing. The books are priced at £2.99 each and have stickers so could be bought instead of a pre-school magazine, and I’m all for books getting into children’s hands in any form.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Little Jack Potato and the big surprise by Top That! Publishing for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.