Wednesday, 4 March 2015

My Grannys Purse : Review

Toddlers appear to have an affinity for items and objects that they shouldn't really have. When you have to try and keep a toddler amused, say at a restaurant or on an aeroplane, the colouring pencils and book you try and distract them with tend to go flying over your head as they proceed to empty out the contents of your handbag.  There are way too many objects and treasures to pull out and explore in a handbag! 

Our family recently went out for an evening meal and our daughter came too, and, whilst she is very well behaved (most of the time), sitting still at the table is quite a feat.  My mum then pulled out this amazing little book that she had bought, and my daughter thought it was the best thing. Ever. 

My Granny's Purse is a book by Paul Hanson and it is a book that is a purse.  Or a purse that is a book. It's thick cardboard pages are bound together and constructed so it appears as though you are rummaging through Grandma's actual handbag. Amazing. There is lots of detail to each page and lovely little phrases throughout which mirror the relationship between what mums say and what Grandmas say.  But, that's about as much words as you get in this book as its not about the reading. This book / purse is all about imagination and exploring.  You can remove a pair of funky spectacles from their case and try them on, or peer into Grandma's mirror. 

There are places to stick photographs of Grandma and your little one too, to personalise the book. My daughter thought her dreams had come true looking in this book, and it kept her entertained throughout our meal. She even got to 'try on' a selection of diamond rings! The next morning, as soon as my daughter woke up she was asking for her 'handbag'!

My Granny's Purse retails around £10 and there is also a mummy's purse book in the series that I will be looking out for. I love this book for its unique idea and because it fits perfectly with that toddler age of intrigue and wanting to explore. It's absolutely perfect for travelling with little ones or when you need to keep them still and entertained. It would make a lovely gift too. 

Have you read this book before? Do you know of any other toddler books that are similar? Comments below please and as always thanks for reading. 


  1. I haven't even seen this book before....It looks fantastic! Such a unique idea x

  2. Oh I'm so glad you reviewed this Laura because I've been thinking about getting it for the Little Man as he's always delving into my handbag! Brilliant post and great timing!

    1. You're very welcome. Hope he loves it as much as my daughter does! x

  3. That is incredible, off to google now, thank you huni xx