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Feelers out, What’s about? – Discovering minibeasts with the help of Jess French

June 29, 2016
Feelers out, what's about? New Minibeast Adventures books by Jess French, known for her cbeebies show Minibeast adventures with Jess

Feelers out, what’s about? New Minibeast Adventures books by Jess French

If your little ones are fans of CBeebies you are bound to have heard of Jess French, the mini beast loving adventurer and presenter. Dexter and I love watching her series and have learnt so much from her, so we were very excited when we discovered that she had recently released 2 brand new books. Even more so when we were given the opportunity to review them!

The two titles follow a similar theme to the CBeebies show ‘Minibeast adventures with Jess’ but have separated the creatures into categories. One entitled ‘Tickly minibeast adventures’ and the other, ‘Fluttering minibeast adventures’. (I also have it on good authority that she is working on another that covers slimy things like worms, slugs and snails).

Each book is well laid out making it lovely to look at and discuss for bed time reading but also makes a great guide to follow for your own adventures. They are both vibrant and fun with detailed illustrations. They make it exciting to spot your own minibeasts and compare to the pictures.

Tickly Minibeasts

Dexter and the Harvestman Minibeast Adventures with Jess

Dexter and the Harvestman

The tickly book covers creatures such as arachnids, millipedes, centipedes, and woodlice. Each page gives you new facts and tells you how and where to find your favourite creepy crawlies.
I’m not normally a fan of arachnids but I didn’t ever want to pass on my fears to my children so we’ve taken this book outside and found a harvestman. I was interested to learn that if a harvestman thinks he is going to be eaten, he can actually drop one of his legs giving him time to run away!DSC00899

Towards the back of the book Jess shows you her favourite tickly minibeasts and includes a fact about each one and there is also a pop and play spider model!

Fluttering Minibeasts

With this one, Jess includes a list of things that will help you find your fluttery friends and then takes you off to a pond where she explains how both damselflies and dragon flies start their lives in the water. She also tells you how to go pond dipping so that you can find them.
I won’t give away the whole book but she also covers how you might entice butterflies to your garden and how to find moths at night.DSC00898

Exciting and educational.

Both books cover life cycles of various creatures with pictures showing different parts of the processes. They explain the differences between similar creatures, how to tell them apart and also include photographs of some of Jess’s favourites that you might not see in your garden at home.DSC00896

One thing I found superb was the glossary. This is fantastic as it really starts to give children an insight into how to use books for learning. It’s not full of so many words that they would skip the page but just enough that they could read it as a page in its own right or use it as a reference as intended. I’ve not covered that with Dexter yet but I’ll be sure to come back to that to show him another way to look at books as he gets older.

Important bit.

Pop and Play Spider from the Tickly minibeast adventures book. Minibeast Adventures with Jess

Pop and Play Butterfly from the fluttery book.

These lovely hardback books retail at £6.99. Suitable from age 3+, each one includes the pop and play model creature.

Zoologist and presenter Jess french grew up surrounded by nature and a host of weird and wonderful animals. In doing so has developed a great affinity for the natural world. Whilst she is mainly recognised for her series on CBeebies, she has also appeared on BBCs springwatch, Deadly mission Madagascar, Live and Deadly and Sir David Attenborough’s Micromonsters 3D.
Jess has a first class degree in zoology and is currently completing a degree in veterinary medicine.

Pop and Play Spider from the Tickly minibeast adventures book. Minibeast Adventures with Jess

Pop and Play Spider from the Tickly book.


*We were sent these books for the purposes of a review. All thought are my own (and Dexter’s).*

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  • Reply The Reading Residence July 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    These look lovely books. My kids are always fascinated by mini beasts and love hunting for them and identifying them.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Oh they are, Dexter loves them 🙂

  • Reply Louise Fairweather July 5, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I love the boys having some non fiction books. These look great #triedtested

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

      I agree, it’s good to have a mix rather than just stories and these are fab.

  • Reply Kate Fever July 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Oh what gorgeous books, and that Pop Out and Play butterfly is amazing! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      It is, isn’t it?! They are lovely books

  • Reply Kim Carberry July 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    These look like wonderful books….Fun and educational too x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 5, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Very educational. Dexter has learnt a lot from them already

  • Reply Fran Back With a Bump July 6, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Thee look great for some learning and exploring. #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 6, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Yeah Dexter loves them 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Howe July 6, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Ah this is a great idea. My daughter can be a bit wary of insects and things near her so maybe some education and outdoor exploring would help with this. I’ve tried not to be scared too!! Lovely review and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 7, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Hahaha it’s hard not being freaked out by little leggy things in front of your kids. I remember once I jumped about 10ft in the air because a huge spider ran at me! Dexter burst into tears! Haha

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