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I Want My Sledge! (Book & DVD)


Author: Tony Ross
Starring (Voice): Julian Clary and Jane Horrocks
Andersen Press
RRP: £7.99
ISBN: 978 1 84270 832 3
Available 02 October 2008

It's a beautiful winter's day at the castle and the Little Princess has found her old sledge to play on. She's having a great time until the Chef whizzes past on his brand new shiny sledge. She wants one of those! When the King finally gives in and let's her have one, the Princess thinks her dreams have come true. But new doesn't always mean better...

I Want My Sledge is a story from the popular Little Princess series of books and animated children's series. Andersen Press has combined the two and released this book and DVD combination. Now young fans can read the story as well as follow the action onscreen.

I couldn't work out why this wasn't branded as a "Little Princess" product anywhere on the book cover or spine. While most people will realise that this is a Little Princess book and DVD, there will be plenty of people who will instantly recognise the illustration on the cover, but what about poor old granny who has asked her granddaughter what she wants as a present? If she's searching the aisles looking for a Little Princess book and DVD she may take some time.

Also I couldn't work out why some of the animation on the DVD reversed the action that appears in the book. This happens mainly with the sledging scenes. All, but one, of these have the sledge going the opposite way to that shown in the book.

The DVD lasts for 11 min, 34 secs and plays the episode as soon as you pop it in your DVD player - with no menus to worry about.

For fans of the series, this is an excellent value for money package. For parents struggling to get their youngsters to read, this is also a great way to make the whole process a lot more fun. You can sit with your child and watch the DVD and then read the book together.


Amber Leigh

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