Book Review and Competition: Hello London by Marion Billet

19th January 2014 70 Comments

As a Londoner I’m really keen to make sure that my children have a good awareness of all the landmarks of their capital city and they have an understanding of its geography. I’m a keen purchaser of all books about London and I’ve found that the Tate Modern and the Museum of Childhood Bookshops are little goldmines to plunder in this respect. Books about London are brilliant because of the familiarity of places and the opportunity for additional activities. Many a weekend trip or school holiday has been filled with an activity based around a particular London based book and they have really helped spark the children imagination.

Campbell Books have published a little gem with their large card book Hello London and a couple of associated Buggy Buddies: London Taxi and London Bus all by Marion Billet. We were sent copies to have a look at and to be honest there was a little bit of a fight as to which person got to read them first. Im talking about everyone from little Ned who is 2 (they were meant for him), the 4 year old, 6 year old and me. Clearly a winner then!

Hello London is a great interactive book with a push, pull, slide feature on each page. You go on a journey thorugh London and see Tower Bridge, the Tube and the Lodnon Eye amongst other things. We love this book, there is loads to see and discuss in the illustrations and both the text and illustrations are perfectly pitched at pre-schoolers. Little Ned loved the Tube train pages in particular as he really enjoys going on the tube. He can now recognise a soldier and Big Ben and we’ve only read it over a few days. I cant speak highly enough of this book, quite simply, its brilliant.

The associated buggy buddies are also really good, featuring landmarks from across the city illustrated in a child friendly manner. I must admit to being amused as Ned shouts ‘Taxi’ at the top of his voice as he reads it in the buggy.

Lucky readers of Being a Mummy have a chance to win one of each of these books. Just leave a comment telling me which your favourite London landmark is and crucially which book you’d like to win: Hello London, Buggy Buddies London Taxi or Buggy Buddies London Bus.

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The competition officially closes 27th Jan 2013 mid-day.
One entry per household
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  • liveotherwise 19th January 2014 at 10:55 am

    I&#39;d like Hello London I think, though I suspect that the children aren&#39;t that picky 😉 <br /><br />Landmark? I don&#39;t really know London all that well. But I love Trafalgar Square.

  • Tracy K Nixon 19th January 2014 at 11:17 am

    I&#39;d love a copy of Hello London, London Bus please. I vote for Big Ben as everyone knows him and I love his dong!

  • Sarah Barker 19th January 2014 at 11:19 am

    We love the London Eye. We would love a copy of London Taxi.

  • Donna R 19th January 2014 at 11:27 am

    I would love a copy of hello London. Living in the north we don&#39;t get down to London very often.

  • Carolin 19th January 2014 at 11:43 am

    I&#39;d like to win a copy of Hello London. My favourite landmark is Kensington Palace x

  • katie skeoch 19th January 2014 at 11:47 am

    We would love London Bus – favourite landmark has to be St Paul&#39;s Cathedral

  • PlastigFfantastig 19th January 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I&#39;d love a copy of the London Bus. :)<br /><br />My fave landmark is Big Ben.

  • sarah hines 19th January 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I would love a copy of the London bus book x

  • Rishona Taylor 19th January 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Would love the London Bus book 🙂 I think my fave part of London is the London Eye as you can see so much of London from the top! 🙂

  • mummy24 19th January 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Buckingham palace!<br /><br />I would love Hello London!<br /><br />Ashleigh

  • Lindy LOO 19th January 2014 at 3:07 pm

    London Bus AND we love the south bank there is so much to do there you could spend the whole day

  • tarcsafalvi 19th January 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I&#39;d like to win a copy of Hello London

  • TC 19th January 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I love the Houses of Parliament. Would love to win Hello London. I used to visit London a lot but it&#39;s a bit of a trek from Devon for the day.

  • Jackie ONeill 19th January 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I would love Hello London, thanks very much xx

  • headsy12 19th January 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I love Buckingham Palace, I would like to win London Bus please

  • anthony harrington 19th January 2014 at 6:15 pm

    we love London Bridge,a fab design and it looks great lit up at night

  • Andrea Williams 19th January 2014 at 6:18 pm

    London Eye is best for me, especially on a clear day. Would love the London Bus book!

  • Andrea Williams 19th January 2014 at 6:19 pm

    London Eye is best for me, especially on a clear day. Would love the London Bus book!

  • shirlz51 19th January 2014 at 6:27 pm


  • Annie Aberdour 19th January 2014 at 7:12 pm

    love the london bridge its so achitecually gorgeous love the london taxi book

  • Tammy Tudor 19th January 2014 at 8:09 pm

    i love Buckingham palace and i&#39;d love Hello London

  • Two kids,two dogs,the husband and me 19th January 2014 at 8:51 pm

    My favourite landmark is Big Ben.I have a tour in a few months time and I am ridiculously excited about getting into the bell tower!I would like the Hello London book.I love interactive books,they really spark the imagination of my 3 year old.Lovely giveaway.Thank you .

  • Hannah ONeill 19th January 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Tower Bridge and London Bus

  • Pooky 19th January 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I love Big Ben. I would like Hello London Bus please if I win. Thanks.

  • Gemma Clark 19th January 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I would like London bus please. Fave landmark is Hyde park if that counts..and marble arch!

  • MuseumMummy 19th January 2014 at 11:39 pm

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  • MuseumMummy 19th January 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I think my favourite &#39;landmark&#39; is the collective view from Tate Modern across the river. Not one thing- but love St Paul&#39;s. We&#39;d like Hello London please.

  • kate 20th January 2014 at 2:04 am

    hello london please.<br />my favourite is the tate and the view out across from there.many memories along that water edge

  • Laura Jones 20th January 2014 at 2:17 pm

    i like the tower of london i dont mind which book suprise me!

  • sharonA 20th January 2014 at 2:36 pm

    London has so many great parks to offer, this must be my favourite way to enjoy and relax (and let the little one run around). I really love Hampstead Heath park, it&#39;s great! Would love for the London bus xx<br />Thanks!

  • clairew137 20th January 2014 at 6:39 pm

    London Bridge. Would like London bus please.

  • Ruth Harwood 21st January 2014 at 8:34 am

    Would like the London Bus book please,<br />my fave landmark has to be the Tower 😀

  • Jo Wakefield 21st January 2014 at 8:32 pm

    The London Eye is my favourite landmark.<br />My little boy would love the London Taxi Book

  • alices-wonderland 22nd January 2014 at 1:27 am

    I&#39;d love Hello London!<br /><br />My favourite landmark being a big football fan is Wembley stadium nothing gives you goosebumps more than walking up wembley way

  • nocona 22nd January 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Hello London please!!<br /><br />My favourite is The O2 as I would love to do the walk across the top and I have seen some fab shows there!

  • Mickie Bull 22nd January 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Tower Bridge<br /><br />Hello London

  • Isis1981uk 22nd January 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I love Buckingham Palace, &amp; I&#39;d love London Taxi please

  • Natalie Crossan 23rd January 2014 at 1:04 am

    I love Big Ben and so does my daughter :)<br />We&#39;d love the London Taxi pls 🙂

  • KayeLaFaye 23rd January 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hello London please :)<br /><br />Love Big Ben 🙂

  • HayleyT 24th January 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I would love Hello London please.<br /><br />My favourite London landmark is the Tower of London – I could spend days wandering around and soaking up all the history and atmosphere.

  • Jennifer Rhymer 24th January 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I would like Hello London please but it was hard to choose!<br /><br />I love the London Eye but was a little anxious when I was at the top hanging over The Thames!

  • zeenie 24th January 2014 at 7:59 pm

    i love big ben. id love the taxi book

  • Dessallara 24th January 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Greenwich Park! <br />Would like to get a London Bus book 🙂

  • Hannah 24th January 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Big Ben is a great landmark and I would love the London Bus book

  • raj 24th January 2014 at 10:41 pm

    we would love the London Bus book. One of my favourites is the the London Eye 🙂

  • Anonymous 25th January 2014 at 1:19 am

    Trafalgar square. Hello London.<br /><br /><br />Rachel Craig

  • Robyn Logan Clarke 25th January 2014 at 1:52 am

    I love Picadilly Circus. I would like London Bus

  • Dave Jackson 25th January 2014 at 7:08 am

    my favorite london place is the tower london all that history no better place

  • snarepuss 25th January 2014 at 7:51 am

    london and big ben 🙂

  • Ser 25th January 2014 at 8:31 am

    Big Ben :-)<br />London Bus please.

  • Emily Knight 25th January 2014 at 10:00 am

    I&#39;d love London Bus! My favourite landmark is St Paul&#39;s Cathedral 🙂

  • Lani Nash 25th January 2014 at 12:45 pm

    London Bus please. I love Big Ben

  • weir shane 25th January 2014 at 1:37 pm

    We would love London Bus

  • cathyj 25th January 2014 at 3:04 pm

    bus book, fav landmark is buckingham palace

  • jodie harvey 25th January 2014 at 5:14 pm

    would love &#39;hello london&#39; please<br />fave is big ben 🙂

  • WeeWillieWilkie 25th January 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I love the Tower of London. I&#39;d like the London Taxi book please 🙂

  • rugmaker 25th January 2014 at 7:30 pm

    London Bus, Science Museum

  • nikki aldridge 25th January 2014 at 7:40 pm

    My favourite has always been the london eye, but the shard is beautiful 🙂 , London Bus book sounds brill 🙂

  • Lisa Sands 25th January 2014 at 9:00 pm

    London Bus please, and my children and I love London Zoo 🙂 x

  • joanna_kow 25th January 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Big Ben is my favourite

  • Jane Middleton 25th January 2014 at 9:51 pm

    London Bus, love The Tower of London

  • Kate 25th January 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Hello London looks lovely.<br /><br />My favourite London landmark is Buckingham Palace. So beautiful and surrounded by English traditions. Wonderful!

  • zebedee01 25th January 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I have never been to London!<br />I would like Hello London please 🙂 x

  • Georgia Keogh 25th January 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Tower Bridge at night time when it&#39;s all lit up!<br /><br />If I win I&#39;d love &#39;Hello London&#39; please 🙂

  • Donna Kent 25th January 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I would love the London Taxi book.<br />My favourite landmark is the OXO tower, only because it reminds me of a completely different life I once had.

  • littlemisstrivia 25th January 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I&#39;d like Hello London.<br /><br />My favourite landmark in London is the London eye

  • Solange 26th January 2014 at 1:17 am

    I love the London Eye. I would love a copy of London Taxi.

  • Anonymous 26th January 2014 at 10:23 am

    I would like Hello London. My favourite place in London is the London Eye

  • Kelly Hirst 26th January 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I&#39;d love Hello London, although they all look lovely.<br /><br />I love Buckingham Palace, it&#39;s such a special landmark, not just for London but also the UK<br /><br />Kel Ellen Hirst

  • Anonymous 26th January 2014 at 9:29 pm

    A copy of Hello London would be great, my favourite landmark is Tower Bridge.

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