Being asked to completely write an annual from beginning to end was a massive thrill for me. As with many Brits, the good old Annual was a staple of Christmas mornings, from the Beano Book to the Doctor Who Annual. I would pour over the activity packed pages while Mum and Dad slaved over the Christmas lunch. Every page seemed to be bursting with stuff to do, packed with information and stories.
As soon as I received the commission for the Skylanders Annual, I knew I wanted it to be the same. There are:
- New Skylanders short stories.
- Puzzles (hopefully mostly with a twist).
- A Skylands A-Z.
- Fact files and character interviews.
- Quizzes and questionnaires.
- Wildlife guides.
- Codebreakers and mazes (gotta have a maze in an Annual!)
- Jokes and tongue-twisters.
I’m really pleased with the result. The designers at Sunbird have done a cracking job bringing it all to life. Here’s hoping that Skylanders fans will love it as much as I loved those annuals of yesteryear.
According to the first review on Amazon at least one does:
My 6 year sons eyes lit up when he saw this book, he is delighted with it, No skylanders fan will be disappointed with this annual, lots of different activities!
I’m very chuffed with that!
So, what were your favourite annuals of the past?