We were offered the Freddy Buttons series of books by Fiona Dillon to review. I was delighted for the opportunity as I had heard good things about them! They arrived just before our holidays much to the delight of both boys but especially the 4 and a half year old. He packed all 6 and then I removed 3 in the interests of not taking too much with us. He spent half the holiday asking where the Naughty Badger one was. Ooops!
Each book encompasses an adventure, a hidden lesson on home grown healthy food produce, native Irish wildlife and farm animals and a recipe. The books are linked with food producer Glenisk, and the recipes contain their products.
While the recipes are not dairy free, they can be easily converted, and they sparked very interesting conversations with my son who now knows what to replace certain things in recipes with. This is a great way to teach children about what is in their food and where it comes from. For us there was the added advantage of opening up the conversation on alternatives he can have so he knows he won’t be left out. We hope to make the apple crumble very soon.
I really loved the books as they included so much detail and learning in such a short space of time. The characters are lovable, my favourite is Major Prickles the hedgehog. I love Juno the dog too. My son’s favourite is Freddy Buttons himself and he loves the investigating and adventure parts of the books. The illustrations are bright and colourful and contain a dash of humour. I love the food bits, the books are set on a farm and there is plenty of home grown produce for example honey from their own bees, goats milk, cheese and yogurt and the strawberries and apples in the garden. There are plenty of good examples of healthy food such as a picnic of goats’ cheese on homemade bread, apple juice, honey and berries for dessert. This is a great example for little ones who may be fussy eaters.
My seven year old also enjoyed the books and sat and listened to the stories and also took them off to read by himself too. I think they would suit children from aged 3 to 8. I can foresee them being part of the bedtime routine in this house for a long time to come!
You can purchase the books on the Freddy Buttons website for €5 each or all six for €25! They are also available in all good bookshops.
Freddy Buttons has a set of six books to give away to one lucky reader! To be in with a chance to win just comment below stating who you would give the books to! You can also comment over on my Facebook page. Giveaway will close Monday 1st August at 8pm and a winner will be chosen at random.
Disclaimer: We were sent a set of Freddy Buttons books by Fiona Dillon for review purposes. I was not paid to do this review and as always all opinions are our own.