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Book Review: Jungle Jam.

We were recently sent two Jungle Jam books to review. George and Molly devour books by the second and it's always a joy to be able to add to their ever-growing collection! Jungle Jam has been brought to life by Louise and Noam Lederman (who are both passionate about music) and it's colourfully illustrated by Jason James.

The stories follow five friends; Ziggy, Larry, Mikey, Ella and Gina, who embark on all sorts of adventures to different places and entertaining people with their music. The first in the collection is simply entitled 'Jungle Jam' and it introduces you to the characters and the instruments they play. I obviously loved Ziggy the Zebra (Bowie, my favourite animal and the name of my dog all rolled into one!) and I wasn't alone, Molly was super excited to see there was a Ziggy character!

Jungle Jam in Brazil is also pretty fun, with a few extra activities at the back of the book. It follows the band as they take a trip to Brazil and help Gina overcome her stage-fright. I really liked how the book encourages confidence, support and friendship...

The books are written in simple rhyme which is easy to follow and tells the story at the same time. The characters are all pretty likeable and I'd probably describe the collection as pretty cute, but I do have a few issues with the rhyme. Sometimes the sentences seem a little sloppy and rushed, even though they work well within the context of the book.

However, they are good books for early readers, encouraging them to discover new words as well as developing their verbal skills of rhyme whilst they read. The illustrations are bright, colourful and fun. They also work well alongside the written content.

We enjoyed reading Jungle Jam together as a family, and I think they're pretty perfect for little ones and new readers.

Disclosure: I received these books in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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