Review: Persil’s Messy Adventure

Last weekend we were invited to Victoria Park in London for a very Messy Adventure thanks to Persil and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate who had a great new interactive storybook to unveil.

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For the first time Roald Dahl’s characters have come together for an adventure that your children can star in. Persil has teamed up with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Quentin Blake to give every family their very own Messy Adventure this summer.

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For the first time ever, some of the best loved – and most feared – heroes and villains of Roald Dahl’s stories have been brought together in a brand new interactive adventure story, as part of a marvellously messy and ground-breaking partnership between Persil, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Quentin Blake.

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My Messy Adventure lets every child become the hero of their very own Roald Dahl story, where they will get to meet The Witches, Matilda or James – not forgetting his giant peach – along the way. Free to play at, the story hopes to encourage families to get outside and go exploring this summer.

The ‘My Messy Adventure’ story can be accessed on a smartphone or tablet, and is totally interactive and enriched by the outside world. This innovative new format allows children to enjoy Roald Dahl’s amazing stories and Quentin Blake’s iconic imagery in a way they have never experienced them before. The child will even feature in the story as a customisable Roald Dahl-themed avatar featuring completely new Quentin Blake illustrations for a fully personalised experience.

The adventure aims to encourage children and parents to embrace the power of technology to learn and experience the great outdoors on their doorstep. Ultimately the kids are in control as they are challenged by the characters they meet to complete messy challenges and tasks, such as hunting bugs or collecting dry leaves. The path they take will determine their unique and personal journey, culminating in a ‘digital scrapbook’ to showcase their exciting adventure. With several characters to choose from, the story guarantees hours of fun during the summer holidays.

Along with LP and Little Man, I was lent a tablet to use on the day to go through our very own Messy Adventure with the help of some completely in character actors.




Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side and it rained quite a lot but we still managed to work through some of the adventure – with the story encouraging children to throw grass in the air, twirl around or dig a little hole – things they could do in the garden at home or out and about on weekends or during the summer holidays.

To find out more visit and play along!

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Thanks to Aby for taking some lovely photos of us – just wish we’d had a chance to chat more!

Disclosure: We were invited to the above event for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

The Treehouse at Number 9

As regular readers will know, we love books in our house and are always looking for new ways to keep the children occupied, especially in the car. We have started to download TV shows and apps to keeps LP entertained and only wish we owned an iPad to introduce LP to The Treehouse at Number 9.

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The Treehouse at Number 9 was the brainchild of Sara, mum to Louis – a genetically complex little boy. She came across a stumbling block when looking for a book to explain children who are different to others due to genetic disorders. Every book seemed depressing and showed children with individual needs as challenging. Sara wanted to capture children with individual needs as real kids, not just stereotypes in a book, kids who live their lives to the the full, despite their sometimes very complicated genetic disorders.

Passionate about the power of storytelling, Sara joined up with graphic designer and fellow friend Karen Shooter. As a powerful force the duo are creating stories to inspire and entertain children. The Treehouse at Number 9 is the first of many books in this journey.

The Treehouse at Number 9 is about an exciting gang of friends who all have a different genetic disorder with great adventures to share. Alongside the story, the images are captivating and the music is enticing.

Jean Genie is the granny of the family that lives at Number 9. Also living in this friendly inviting house are The Duke and Carey, parents to Joe and his little brother Ted. The boys go to school with Macro, Angel, Oscar, Cee-Cee, Flo and Lugs and together they make up the Genies Gang.

As a gang of friends they all have things that they do brilliantly and some that they struggle with, some of those challenges caused by medical conditions that the children happen to have. The story shows them going about their daily lives having as much fun as possible, and supporting each other so that they can all enjoy themselves together.

To listen to and read The Treehouse at Number 9 and find out about the adventures of the gang download the free app on your iPad.

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