Myself and the toddler were sent a preview of a new show “The Adventures of Herbie Hound” to review. I leapt at the chance because, the more pregnant I got, the more tiring the toddler was. Especially combined with the fact that this week is the week he has decided that sleep is in fact for the weak and has refused to nap (or indeed go to bed).
There is only so much Octonauts “Creature Reports” I can watch.
Or Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.
My brain was turning to mush.
So Herbie has been a welcome distraction, until the toddler got a little obsessed with him, which was bound to happen.
So who is Herbie?
Herbie the Hound, is a dog who specialness is his “Frenchyness” and is the brainchild of Vicky Brook, a mum who gave up her high powered job when her youngest daughter, Florence, now 16, was diganosed with complex medical and mental health needs at 6 weeks old, alongside older sister Emily, now 21, who was diganosed at 17 with Addisons Disease. With this, Vicky has relied heavily on the help of Birminghams Children’s Hospital and so decided to give something back. The project, also supported by the Dogs Trust, is a nod towards acknowledging the important therapeutic role that family dogs can play.
Brought to life by world renowed Superstar Pets, Herbie Hound, is a new animated series centred around Herbie.
Or in the toddler terrors words “the singing doggy”
What the toddler thought…
Well I have watched the episode on repeat 42 times at last count. The toddler loves the singing doggy. He is also particularly attached to Tickles the giggly kitten.
I think the part that he loves best is the fact that although animated, the series actually uses real images of the animals, helping with animal recognition. Which I like too. I also like the fact that when Herbie slips into his “Frenchyness” he says the word in French, then English, which is a fantastic way to learn.
The theme tune, is especially catchy, the toddler can already sing along. He finds it hilarious that the doggy is singing and I have been rewinding this part frequently…All in, Herbie has found a place in mine and the toddlers hearts and you won’t be disappointed if he also finds a place in your childs heart.
Herbie was launched by Natasha Hamilton on the 16th April in London. A percentage of all proceeds are going to support the two charities close to Vicky’s heart; the Dogs Trust and Birmingham City Hospital.Disclaimer; we were sent the first episode for free to review. All opinions are my own.