Can you guess I should have posted this a couple of weeks ago?! It’s been a few weeks since I managed to get a Peapod’s Picks up, and I don’t really know why, but that’s life sometimes!
Anyway, we’re back today with some books that you might have expected to see in a Halloween themed post. They’ve certainly found spots there before.
We’re still reading lots of these repeatedly at bedtime though, so I don’t feel too bad about posting them now.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The popular tale of the “witch, cat, hat ginger plait” who gains several passengers on her broom until it “snap two!” as a dragon appears hungry for witch and chips – will her new friends come to the rescue?
I love this and read it EVERY year at Halloween for storytime at work and it’s always great fun. Obviously this year was a bit different, but I read it online instead and hopefully it was still enjoyed!
Peapod, for his part, is still doing his Room on the Broom jigsaw several times a day and has spent a good deal of time running round dropping his wand/hat and making us tie the ribbon back in his hair so it could fall out again – “down!!”
Funnybones books by Janet Alan Ahlberg and Andre Amstutz
The classic trip down a dark, dark staircase to a dark, dark cellar and the skeletons who live there who set off on a mission to frighten someone… and all the other adventures they have.
Peapod has loved these – he thinks it’s great when we sing the songs to put dog back together and loves seeing the animal skeletons too.
He loves skeleton crew because he’s been taken with pirates ever since we read Jeremy Worried About the Wind, and Mystery Tour because he is obsessed with cars!
And if we’re not reading them, he’s crawling behind our pillows pretending he’s going into the cellar!!
Winnie the Witch/Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
We do have some other Winnie books too, but I haven’t got them down yet…i will be though!
Peapod has taken to loveable witch Winnie and her long-suffering, oft tripped over cat Wilbur, in no small part because of Korky Paul’s animated and humorous illustrations and Winnie’s propensity for tripping over Wilbur falling down the stairs which he thinks is very funny indeed.
In Winnie’a first adventure she gets fed up of falling over Wilbur and tries some colour changing spells. Peapod has started joining in with “Abracadabra!” though it’s more like “Abadaba!” It’s lovely listening to him trying to get his tongue round it though!
Peapod loves Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin because of all the veg in it (“I like carrots, I like peas…”) and seeing it all toppling off Winnie’s broom.
The Pumpkin Soup books by Helen Cooper
We’ve saved the best for last. Peapod absolutely LOVES, LOVES, LOVES these!
If you don’t know them, Cat, Duck and Squirrel live in the old white cabin and make pumpkin soup, each with their own part to play in making it “the best you’ve ever tasted”, until one day Duck decides he should stir…
Delicious sees them run out of pumpkins and having to find a new soup to cook, much to Duck’s chagrin. Peapod likes seeing Duck’s reactions to all the soups the best!
But his absolute, unquestionable favourite of the favourites is A Pipkin of Pepper.
He especially loves the police dogs (and the Hippo phoning them), the list of peppers at the pepper shop, and Duck “not hold[ing] on tight!”
We are reading this multiple times each evening and he has it down to act out pretty much all day on a loop too.
Our days now sound something like this, repeated from wake up to bedtime:
“Lost! Lost my friends!”
“Ring ring. Hello police. Lost Duck situation (‘sedation!’)”
“There they are! Cat! Squirrel!”
Often with extra bits and always with actions.
We spent today calling for Cat and Squirrel as we walked round Dunham Massey, which did at least draw slightly fewer odd looks, than when we had to act it out on our way round tesco earlier in the week…
And that’s brought us pretty much up to date!
Did you read any picture books over Halloween? Are any of these, favourites in your house too?