Roly-Poly Man is one of Peanut’s favorite books; I’m pretty sure he has it memorized. It’s from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), which means it’s designed to be accessible for your blind/VI child, you can buy it with your kid’s APH “bucket” if you live in the US, and it costs a small fortune if you have to buy it on your own.
Like many APH books, it comes in a thick binder with two sets of three-ring bindings along the back; the book’s pages are in both of the bindings. The pages are largely thermoform plastic over paper; this makes it so the illustrations are 3-D in the raised plastic and colored by the paper pictures underneath. They’re all large print and braille, intralinear; the braille is generally on the left page with the picture on the right.
Roly-Poly Man is the story of a boy who makes himself a roly-poly friend out of clay. The book can definitely be interactive, as long as you’ve got some Play-Doh or modeling clay on hand; you and your little guy or gal can make your own roly-poly friend along with the boy in the book. The illustrations are big and easy to discern for early pre-braille readers; it’s a fun, easy story of a kid with his favorite home-made friend. I think it’s helped motivate Peanut to learn how to model clay, and the finger-skills that come with that can only be useful later on.
You can get your own copy of Roly-Poly Man for $54 from APH at http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_On%20the%20Way%20to%20Literacy:%20Roly-Poly%20Man_6-77500-07P_10001_11051. It’s a sturdy book; it’s rugged and designed for little tactile readers; I’m fairly certain that if it can withstand my toddler, it can withstand yours. I’m not going to say it’s indestructible (I tend to view that as a challenge, myeslf!), but it’s definitely designed for hard use.