Review of the Coffee Table Book For Children – Volume 1 by 2littleboys.co.uk

Photo of the Coffee Table Book for Children – Volume 1
from twolittleboys.
I was kindly sent the Coffee Table Book for Children -Volume 1 to review from 2littleboys.co.uk. The Coffee Table book is a large 29cm x 38cm landscape ‘photobook’ which contains lots of different photos, interesting information about the photos and then a question for thought about the photo.  The book is designed to encourage children to use their imagination and to allow them a chance to appreciate the beauty of the photographs and the story they tell.
This is what the team behind Two Little Boys say about the book on their website:-

…We believe children deserve quality. We don’t believe age is a factor in the appreciation of beauty or meaning. We believe children deserve the same quality design that adults would expect. We don’t believe in talking down to them. We believe children are more than capable of making their own judgments on the world around them and we try to facilitate that. With this book we’re trying to encourage children to have fun being imaginative and thoughtful and silly and slightly surreal. We love the idea of children being empowered by learning through effortless enjoyment.

You can tell from the above quote that ‘Two Little Boys’ are definitely passionate about their business and the products they sell.
Photo of the Coffee Table Book for Children – Volume 1
from twolittleboys.

The book consists of two page layouts. There is the pages that follow the 12 small photo format and the pages that just have 2 large photos. On the back of each page there are boxes containing info, facts, conversation starters or ‘what do you imagine?’ questions. I love the idea of trying to encourage kids to think about and discuss the photos.  All the images in the book have been taken by Sarah, the founder of 2littleboys. Some examples of photos in the book are an Xray of her son’s ribs, a ‘no entry’ sign, a heart shaped potato and a bucket and spade.

Photos from the Coffee Table Book for Children – Volume 1
from twolittleboys.
The book retails at £22.00 which if I’m 100% honest is more than I would pay for a kid’s book. The main reason for that is that I can imagine that after a child has looked through it once and answered the questions and discussed the facts that they may not want to read through the book again. I may be wrong but that is what I would think would happen if I bought it for my daughter when she is older.   Please don’t get me wrong though…the book is made to a very high standard and full of lots of intriguing photos. It is a very unique concept and different to the usual books for kids you see available and if you have an inquisitive child then I’m sure this book would be much appreciated.  Plus, as I don’t have a coffee table I can’t display it and look posh…which is a shame. 🙁  I have always liked the idea of books that should live on the coffee table.

Photo of the Coffee Table Book for Children – Volume 1
from twolittleboys.
Just as a thought… one place I would love to see this book is in waiting rooms. Be it a waiting room in a doctor’s surgery or one in a hospital. It is the kind of book that would hopefully keep kids occupied for long enough to wait for an appointment.  Maybe it would be an idea for 2littleboys to approach hospitals, schools, doctors, dentists, hairdressers etc and see if they want to purchase a copy to keep the kiddies busy while waiting there. Waiting rooms are always full of bored, restless children so what better way to keep them out of mischief and stop them disturbing other patients than this Coffee Table Book. It would also be great if Libraries could start to stock the Coffee Table Book as it would be a superb book to take out on loan.

As my daughter is under 2 and not really old enough to understand the concept of the book I gave it to my Mum to take to the school where she works. They all really liked the book and thought it was a unique idea. They think it is nice to have a book that encourages thinking and discussion. It should come in useful at the school.   You can now also buy Volume 2 of this Coffee Table Book…lots more interesting photos await you.

Photos from the Coffee Table Book for Children – Volume 1
from twolittleboys.
Two Little Boys sell a wide variety of products ranging from the superb idea of a 18 year Birthday Keepsake Book -which I would be very eager to review 🙂 – to their set of 5 ‘eye spy’ flip books called ‘ I can spot…’.  Great way to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays!

The website is really easy to navigate, packed full of detailed photos of the products for sale and written in a really down-to-earth manner. I like the way they have written their ‘about us’ page…take a look. It made me smile.:-)  The postage is nice and affordable at only £2.75 within the UK and they have a 14 day return policy.

Photo of the Coffee Table Book for Children – Volume 1
from twolittleboys.
2littleboys was started back in 2002 by mum of 3 Sarah Watts. You can read an interview with her here on the At Home Magazine website.  After reading the interview I have so much admiration for her. She had her daughter Emily in December 1998 and when she was 12 weeks old Sarah found out she was pregnant again. It turned out to be twins!! Ollie and Callum were then born in the early part of 2000.   Wow….she must have a very busy house! Back in 2002 she had 3 kids under 5yrs old but still managed to start a successful, award-winning company!  Well done Sarah. A great example of a Mumpreneur!  You can see the awards for 2littleboys products here.

If you would like to visit the 2littleboys website to browse their lovely range of gifts then please click here and if you have Facebook then why not follow them here. You will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news and offers.

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