In I Want My Sledge the Little Princess finds her old sledge to play on one winter’s day. She is having a great time until the chef whizzes past on his brand new shiny sledge and she needs one! The Princess pesters her father, the King, until he agrees to get her a new sledge but it does not live up to expectations.
The Little Princess character is perfectly crafted both in its illustrations and in the copy. She is not "princessy" but instead is funny, cheeky and mischievous. Reminiscent of most pre-schoolers this may contribute to the appeal she holds to both boys and girls.
Toby has really enjoyed this story, requesting it every night for a fortnight (I’m not sure whether that happens in other people’s houses too?). Books containing CDs are familiar to him and he suggested we listen to the story in the car. He was delighted when we launched the DVD after reading and brought the story to life in 11 minutes of great animation.
Personally, I enjoyed the DVD more than the book which feels as though it has been transcribed from the TV show. As a huge fan of Ross’ early stories I Want My Potty, I Don’t Want to Go to Bed etc this came as a bit of a surprise. Toby didn’t mind a bit.
The DVD stars Julian Clary and Jane Horrocks and is produced by Andersen Press.
To win a copy of I Want My Sledge, email your name and full address by Friday 14 November and the first 13 opened at random will receive a copy of the book.