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Touch and Feel Wild Animals (1998): Some Pretty Novel Approaches to Common Problems with Books of This Type

Anonymous, Touch and Feel: Wild Animals (Dorling Kindersley, 1998)


photo credit: Giraffe Bazaar

Tactile books for the pre-lit win.

Like most books of this type, it’s cute, and the kid enjoys it a good deal (though for some reason he can never quite remember that it’s the pads on the frog picture he’s supposed to touch until I show him), but it has the problem of planned obsolescence; the touch-and-feel bits are wearing pretty durned thin after fifteen years in the field (of which we’ve had it a little less than one). Given that it’s put out by DK, replacing it isn’t much of a problem; they’re generally good at keeping prices below where you’d expect them to be. And this is a style of book where it’d be almost, if not entirely, impossible to overcome the planned-obsolescence angle, so I’m not going to give it points off. You want it, but if you want to keep it around, you’ll be replacing it fairly regularly. ***


About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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