Peapod’s Picks is a weekly round up of some of the books that Peapod* has read (usually for his bedtime story) each week plus a more in depth review of at least one of them – this week a classic- Jill Murphy’s On The Way Home.
*His social media alter ego, not his real name!
What did we read this week?
- Oi, Duck-Billed Platypus by Kes Gray and Jim Field
- You’re Called What?! by Kes Gray and Nikki Dyson (inspired by the un-rhymable creatures in Oi Platypus!)
- Snow Bears by Martin Waddell (After watching Gordon Buchansn with the grizzly bears in Russia!)
- Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty (Daddy loves this series!)
- The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (I love anything this pair do!)
On the Way Home by Jill Murphy
This was one of my favourite stories when I was little, thanks in no small part to the fact that it was one of my mum’s favourites too! (We are huge Jill Murphy fans – The Worst Witch, The Large Family, Peace at Last…)
So it was lovely to read it to Peapod and look ahead to all the times we’ll read it as he gets older – it’s one of those great books that crosses a wide age range.
Peapod loved the illustrations, and I really like the comic strip style layout and design, as well as the repetition which older children will enjoy (my favourite bit to read is the “Well…!” on each page – it’s the small things!)
It’s a scenario that will resonate with parents and older children – Claire’s hurt her knee and is on her way home for a plaster. But did she get her bad knee falling from a witch’s broom or being dropped by a giant? Has she hurt it bring knocked down by an alligator or a gorilla? Her amusing and imaginative tales are great for some really expressive and dramatic reading, and offer the perfect opportunity for older children to come up with their own ideas too!
First published in 1982 and first read to me just a few years after, this remains a favourite over 30 years later and I’m looking forward to plenty of re-reads with Peapod!
Are you a Jill Murphy fan like us?
Which stories have you read at bedtime this week?