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The Ultimate Book of Cities & Mighty, Mighty Construction Site #PlayTestShare!



Spring break is around the corner, and soon enough many of you will be facing long days with cabin-fevered children. As nice as it would be get the kids outside, it’s not always possible, especially over spring break. Raincoast Books has some great options to help keep little ones busy this Spring break!

Be sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom for your chance to win one of the featured #PlayTestShare activity books from Raincoast Books!



The Ultimate Book of Cities
Where does the Express bus take you? How many swans are in the lake at the park? The Ultimate Book of Cities reveals the answers to these questions and much, much more in an oversized fact- and action-packed look at life in the big city! Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!


Keira, my 5 year old already has The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and it is one of the books I most often catch her sitting in bed with – flipping through the pages quietly.  She was so thrilled when I gave her this book, and it is easily as fabulous at The Ultimate Book of Vehicles. Filled with tabs, flaps and moving parts on each page, it really is an engrossing book for the curious mind.

The pages are quite sturdy and as long as your child is careful it should remain in great shape for years to come. I highly recommend this volume for any little one in your life – a great addiiton to The Ultimate Book series!





Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

From the team behind the beloved international bestseller comes a companion to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. All of our favourite trucks are back on the construction site-this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in for a mighty good time!


Ava, my 3 year old daughter has been obsessed with Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site – it’s definitely her most requested storybook. She was over the moon when I showed her this beautiful hardcover release of Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. We read it right away and again at bedtime, and then again every night last week.

We were both happily surprised to find female trucks which is super appealing to me as a mom with two girls who love cars and trucks as much as they love princesses and ponies.

Some of the rhymes are a bit awkward but I bet your child won’t notice – mine sure doesn’t!



Other great options for March break from Raincoast Books include:

Birds of the World Nature Sticker Activity Book
Beautifully illustrated by Olivia Cosneau, Birds of the World introduces aspiring ornithologists to these and other fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, among others.

Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book
This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.

Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.

Space Playing Cards

Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.

642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition

A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, 642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s & Artist’s Edition is a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.

TouchThinkLearn Fly!
A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings. In this first narrative title in the series, the movable pieces invite and involve the reader in a meaningful and multisensory participation in the story.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo
A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck . With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

Towering Tree Puzzle
Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!



Win it:

One Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader will win ONE item of their choice from the Play Test Share selection available from Raincoast books as mentioned above. Giveaway ends on March 13th, 2016 – Canadian residents only, 18+.  See Giveaway tools form for entry and T&C.

Disclosure: I received the two above mentioned books in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.


sabina Edwards

Monday 13th of March 2017

mIGHTY Mighty construction site would be our first choice !! Thanks for the chance

Feist Laura

Monday 13th of March 2017

Mighty mighty construction would be great

Florence Cochrane

Monday 13th of March 2017

My granddaughter would enjoy the Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book.

Jeannie Lam

Monday 13th of March 2017

I think my son would love the Ultimate book of cities.

Josh S

Monday 13th of March 2017

I think my kids would like the Birds of the World Nature Sticker Activity Book.