Story Buddy – Watson the racoon – Hallmark

Hallmark story buddyHallmark have come up with a fabulous idea that cannot fail but to impress children. A cuddly toy who joins in the reading of a story on cue! A Story Buddy.

We were contacted a while ago asking if we’d like to review a Hallmark Story Buddy and as reading is a night time ritual for us and one the girls (and daddy) really enjoy I thought we’d see what these little guys were all about. I was informed that one was being posted out to us but one week later there was no sign of the little guy.

I got on the case and wrote an email concerned for his/her safety Where was our Story Buddy? What had happened to them? And we were sent another who arrived two days later – Ta-dah! Enter = Watson the Racoon.

Just opening the box and discovering a cuddly toy was enough for my girls but when they learnt that he talked simply by touching the button in his ear they were hooked. Then when we got the book out and laid together on the floor with Watson to read his story they were captivated.

What a brilliant invention! As I read the story to the girls there are certain phrases within the story that are typed in a different colour to allow the reader to make room for Watson to join in with his own delightful snippets.

Now my two love a story but like all little ones sometimes their attention can stray, a chirpy chappie like Watson brings them right back to the story as he does the unexpected – He Talks!

They were amazed at his clever interventions, they listened to him and laughed gleefully that he was telling them a story PLUS they paid extra special attention to the story to make sure they didn’t miss a word of what Watson the Racoon had to say.

Watson the Racoon, a soft and gentle guy, has been an enormous hit since the moment he stepped out of his box. He has ‘turns’ in the girls’ beds being passed from one bed to the other on a daily basis but he takes it all in his stride and does his best to share himself equally between them. I have immense respect for him and honestly don’t mind sharing my stage with him, he’s cute and serious and I have also had the chance to ask him about his fellow Story Buddy, Does he know what has happened? Was there some secret mission we didn’t know about? Because to this day there is a Story Buddy out there MISSING.

Watson hasn’t been very forthcoming, maybe he just doesn’t know but can you all keep your eyes peeled as he most definitely didn’t turn up here. Now maybe he’s on a secret mission or maybe he’s been kidnapped for ransom, or maybe he wanted to go on a cheeky jaunt by himself to get his next story and got lost so I ask ladies and gentlemen could you please keep your eyes peeled and if you should see a Story Buddy around acting strangely them comment below and we’ll send out a search party.

In the meantime to get a better idea of what these guys look like and what they can do, have a look at our short video here, the lighting is low as it’s night time but Watson really does take centre stage

5 Comments

  1. October 23, 2011 / 6:56 PM

    In terms of the missing one, I and a few others have had toys for review go missing recently. Wondering if one or more cheeky people is collecting them all to give away to their own children for Christmas!

  2. October 23, 2011 / 6:56 PM

    In terms of the missing one, I and a few others have had toys for review go missing recently. Wondering if one or more cheeky people is collecting them all to give away to their own children for Christmas!

  3. Pauline
    October 24, 2011 / 6:54 PM

    I REALLY want one!!! :)

    • Mari
      Author
      October 25, 2011 / 8:16 AM

      They are fabulous, keep an eye out for the lost Story Buddy he may turn up sooner or later x

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