I’ve never reviewed a TV programme before, and if I was to, I probably would have chosen something from cBeebies seeing as Freyja seems oh-so-slightly addicted to that channel.
that was, until Poppy Cat came along.
Poppy Cat is a new children’s TV show which was launched on the 2nd May on Nick Jr., and is shown every weekday throughout May. The lead character, Poppy, is voiced by Joanna Page – one half of Gavin & Stacey, and her voice works fab with the part.
We were lucky enough to watch 2 episodes of the programme and Freyja was completely glued (which doesn’t happen very often. She has the attention span of a fish when it comes to TV programmes). She loved it so much that when Poppy and her friends were bouncing on the trampoline, Freyja started bouncing up and down on the sofa as well shouting “Boing!” “Boing!”
Based on the award winning books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat has 26 episodes, of 10 minutes each – just long enough I think for pre-schoolers to watch nicely. It revolves around a little girl Lara, who imagines stories which include her pet cat. In the stories, Poppy goes on magical adventures including flying rocket ships, sailing submarines and floating hot air balloons.
I wish I had a rocket.
Or even a submarine. Or a hot air balloon for that matter.
I particularly like Egbert, Poppy’s badger friend. One – because he’s a badger and they’re cool. Two – because his name is Egbert and I wish I knew someone called Egbert; and three – because in one of the episodes we watched, he actually made me chuckle. It doesn’t take much, but I like a cartoon that does that.
It’s lovely to see programmes which encourage a child to imagine stories. I love seeing a child make up scenarios and this programme is awesome for that. It’s even made me sway away from cBeebies and toward Nick Jr for a bit. It’s been a real hit in this house. We both love it and I’m tempted to get some more of the books because the one we have is Freyja’s new favourite. She loves the pop up pages and hugs it good night.
Any excuse to buy more stuff…
I was sent a digital press kit and a Poppy Cat goodie bag for the purpose of this review but my views remain completely honest. Freyja really does hug the book.