A look back over some of the highlights of our reading week.
This week started with books from last week still on heavy rotation. Readings of What Does an Anteater Eat? have started to tail off now, but whenever we see a few ants together they’re met with a cry of “Raaaaaaaaa!” (“Run!”)
We’ve also revisited Circle this week; Peapod’s dad chose it for bedtime a few weeks ago and something must have taken Peapod’s fancy as he’s chosen it a couple of times since, but been adamant he only wants this one and not Square or Triangle. Maybe it’s her curves…?!!
And 100 Dogs is still going strong too. Peapod has added “Toot Dog” to the ones weeing and pooing he already enjoyed finding (I’m sure his dad had something to do with this!) and now delightedly chuckles “toot” while we all blow raspberries.
So what’s new?
Nothing new from a publishing perspective, but joining our repeated reads this week are…
Hippobottymus by Steve Smallman and Ada Grey
After his enjoyment of the tooting dog, I chose this one for us to read and he loves the rhythmic, onomatopoeiac text, all the animals and of course the trumping at the end! Even though he doesn’t really get the joke, he still giggles at the idea and the noises!
I have to credit my excellent colleague and friend Brian for uncovering this gem for us!
Spyder by Matt Carr
I chose this after Peapod recounted the tale of him, his dad and Bear ‘rescuing’ me from a spider in his room (*points to the corner* “Daddy. Bear. Hap.”)
Spyder is, as her name suggests, a secret agent spider tasked with rescuing a birthday cake from fly.
With popping comic colours and style; puns, word play and references that will have you laughing alongside little readers, as well as spider facts this is a book that has broad appeal and one we always enjoy reading.
This particular page from We Catch the Bus by Katie Abey, as he likes to point to the spiders on the bus then run to the corner with Bear for a re-enactment of the rescue.
Hop Little Bunnies by Martha Mumford and Laura Hughes
We were sent this by Bloomsbury last year and you can read my review here. It’s lovely and now that he’s a bit bigger Peapod loves it. He points out the animals, makes the noises, hops along, enjoys the singing and lifts the flaps. It’s such an enjoyable book to share!
And our absolute favourite this week that has been read at least eleventy billion times a day is…
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
I am more than happy to read this, start again, read it, start again, read it, start again… I love this book. And so it seems does Peapod!
It’s an absolute classic and I’m loving seeing Peapod start to talk about the pictures with simple comments and references (“Mama!” and “Daddy!” as he points to us, “hot!” at the cooker and “tea” at the table…) and he loves seeing the picture of Daddy coming home and our singing of “Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye” at the end!
I always think it’s a sad sort of ending, but I like it for that and the scene of them walking to the cafe absolutely makes me want to go out for a spontaneous after-dark walk in pj’s to a cafe for a treat!
Which picture or board books have you read this week? Have you read any of these?