Product Reviews

The Works
Feb 15

Our family is a big fan of The Works. It’s brimming with goodies for everyone, from Frozen merchandise through to gorgeous stationery, arts and craft materials, and of course lots of books. Just as my favourite shop as a child was Woolworths (sadly now extinct on the high street), I am pretty sure The Works will hold just as fond memories for Little I and Wolfy.

So when The Works invited us to visit its new Bournemouth store, we jumped at the opportunity. Located within The Avenue Centre in Bournemouth town centre, it is spread across two floors, and on arrival we really didn’t know where to start. While Little I wanted to check out the crafty things, I was keen to have a nose around the books, and my husband wanted to head for the DVDs. Sadly, little Wolfy didn’t get much of a say (but he didn’t miss out).

The Works had kindly given us £20 to spend, so I suggested we divide that equally between the four of us. It’s very rare that Little I has money to spend, so she was slightly overwhelmed at how to begin the decision making process. She takes after me in that respect. Needless to say, she wanted to take her time and look at everything!

The one drawback to the Bournemouth store is that it isn’t very pram friendly. There’s no lift, so there’s no way of getting a pram (or wheelchair) down to the lower ground level of the shop. So my husband and I took it in turns to be upstairs with Wolfy.

The Bournemouth store has gone much heavier on toys and arts and crafts, so it’s perfect for birthday present shopping. There also seemed to be a really wide range of cookery books, all at incredible prices, with some lovely hardbacks going for just £3.

After almost an hour’s worth of browsing, Little I couldn’t resist a pretty stationery set containing a lovely lined notepad and a big selection of sticky notes, all within a fastening case. She’s been hankering after my sticky notes for ages and was delighted to have some of her own. With £1 remaining, her eyes spotted a friendship bracelet making kit, which she rapidly proclaimed was a “bargain”!

The Works products

My husband had already picked out a Chaplin DVD boxset (no faffing about with him!), so that left me and Wolfy to decide. Dinosaurs are pretty big in our household at the moment, so when I spotted a big tub of them for the knocked-down price of £5.99, I grabbed them. With a four-year age gap between my son and daughter, it’s lovely when you see something that you know they will both have fun with together. Wolfy is turning into a bit of a bookworm, so Little I also helped me pick out a lovely A-Z dinosaur board book for him.


At this point we were running out of time. We had a little bit of money remaining, but I thought rather than rush, I would come back and have a browse another day (preferably on my own!).


The Works is also offering a £20 gift voucher to one lucky reader of this blog. To be in with a chance of winning, I would like you to subscribe to my blog, and then let me know your answer to this question:

What is your most treasured book, and why?

Please leave your answer in the comments section below. The closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

My favourite comment will receive the £20 gift voucher, and be notified here on Saturday 28 February 2015.


About the Author

Wendy McAuliffe

Social media & online PR consultant and trainer, and ex-journalist. Founder and Director of Populate Digital and Mum of two. Living by the sea in Bournemouth. @wendymcauliffe.

  • Lizzy Pitts

    My favorite book is a childrens book called The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. We’ve always loved her books but this one in particular has hit a special place in all our hearts. I just love the deatil in the illustrations and the simplicity of the story but even though simple for children there are little additions for the parents too!

  • laura banks

    its a book called mervyn the mouse my mum used to read it me when i was little and did all the voices i then read it to my son but my voices were never quite the same

  • Victoria MyLittleLBlog

    its a romanian story i think about kids who were left my parents to do whatever they want, it was always so much fan to read it when i was small

  • Stephanie Campbell

    i have the full series of unfortunate events from when i was little. i love them i cant part with them including the authors bibliogphy. their spines look really old fashioned and fit on a bookshelf in my new home and just look right at home. i cant part with them and hope my son whos a little book worm will love them one day.

  • Denise Chennell

    Charlie and the chocolate factory remains my favourite . I have fond memories of my Dad animatedly reading Road Dahl’s zany descriptions of Violet Beauregarde , Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee! What’s not to love about a girl trying a 3 course dinner flavour chewing gum( dessert untested)?, then blowing up like a blueberry ! This really fired up my imagination and I will definitely be introducing Roald Dahl’s books to my little girl :) x

  • Stacey Callow

    The lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones I’ve actually had to buy a second copy as my first was falling apart. It’s a book I first read at school and reread occasionally still. I’m bit of an escapist reader and this has magic, alternative worlds and a dragon in (yay) but is also the story of a boy growing up

  • Katie Pass

    My treasured book is called “Apple pigs”. It was printed and bought in the year I was born. It’s the only book I ever remember my dad reading to me. As it was my dad who gave me a love of reading, this is a pretty special book that is battered and “so old” as my children say because the pictures are only printed in three colours. Suffice to say my two eldest love it and my little one has yet to be introduced to it. But I’m pretty confident it will stay in the family for years to come!

  • Kate

    My most treasured book is Richard Scarry’s ‘Cars and trucks and things
    that go’. It was so well read by my brother and I that it is missing its
    front cover, and several pages exist in tatty edged, yellowed sellotape
    form. This didn’t, and still doesn’t, detract from its main enticement
    though, which was to FIND GOLDBUG! Goldbug was a lovely little gold
    fella’ that you had to try and spot on each page, who could be located
    in a wealth of differing vehicles such as a tiny fireman’s truck, or
    stealthily hiding in the back of a tank. Still to this day, thirty years
    on, I can be shown a page in that book and can point to Goldbug within a
    second. This book made learning to read fun and an enjoyable experience,
    coupled with happy memories of being read to daily by my parents.

  • fudgecrumpet

    My most treasured book is Mr Bean’s Diary, from around 1989.
    I know it’s not a cute, childish, happy book, but it has made me laugh since I first read it, up until the present day.
    Neither the missus nor the kids ever seem to find it as funny as I do though.

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