One of the benefits of extending our age range to five is that we can feature the joy that is kids magazine Anorak, a stunning design led read for kids that’s packed full of stunning, popping artwork, exciting stories to get lost in, how-to’s and games. Billed as ‘the happy magazine for kids’, it’s illustrated and written by authors who have a fresh blend of modern meets retro appeal.
Each issue is themed (the current one is birds) and the pages capture the wonderful, vibrant child’s world touching on subjects like food, fashion, style, science and culture and mixing it with contributions from children. It reminds me of the annuals that we had as kids and feels a bit like a children’s book and is at times character led, giving it an entirely unique feel that’s very distinct from your atypical commercial vehicle bearing TV characters with a plastic packet of cheaply made toys attached to the front.
Cleverly it’s a unisex magazine that doesn’t impose any stereotypes and even for us big kids, it’s a stimulating read that provokes discussion between you. Issues are Â£3.50-Â£4 each or Â£13 for a 4-issue annual subscription – a steal we think as these ‘magazines’ that can be treated like books you go back to again and again.
Saria (3) is also a major fan of the iPhone app (also works quite well on the iPad although they are working on upgrading it) and her dad is super delighted as she seems to have become a jazz fan as a result, headbanging (yes very strange) while she tilts the iPhone to see how far she can cycle in one of their games. Divided into ‘Do stuff’ ‘Read stuff’ and ‘Play stuff’, it manages to capture the essence of the magazine with stories, a visit to the aquarium, colouring, and drawing.
Even though the mag is for age five, it’s still enjoyable for exploring three and four year olds.