Peapod’s Picks – Mouse and Bear

We are still reading A Pipkin of Pepper, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea has made a reappearance in our bedroom reads, but two new books in the post have also edged their way into Peapod’s oh-so-slow-to-change bedtime book basket!

One of these is Ross Collins’ There’s a Mouse in My House, which we were delighted to see picks up where There’s a Bear on My Chair leaves off and we’ve been reading them back to back each evening.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the first book, we’ll start there. ‘There’s a Bear on My Chair’ sees an increasingly frustrated mouse desperately trying to get Bear off his chair.

Peapod especially loves seeing Mouse up the ladder giving Bear his nastiest glare (mostly because he loves a ladder..!) and when Mouse calls him a “stinky bear” which he finds hilarious.

In the end, our exasperated rodent gives up and leaves. Bear, clearly feeling smug to have won the battle of wills, also decides he can now get up and head home, only to find that perhaps he’s not won after all..

We rejoin this pair as an outraged Bear tries to boot out his unwanted lodger. I loved how some of the scenarios reflect some of those in the first book to an extent but are different enough to not feel like a repeat (important when you’re reading one after the other night after night!)

The ending is just what you’d want and is definitely Peapod’s favourite part of the book (along with the leaky bath and “cheerio” which he delights in joining in with!)

It’s a wonderfully warm and joyful way to leave this troubled twosome, referring back to the very start of book one in such a pleasing way.

These books are a brilliant example of what a really enjoyable picture book should be. It’s such a seemingly simple concept, but it works so well – bouncing, rhyming text, great characters (and a great relationship between them) and expressive illustrations all combine to create a lively, funny read with enough humour for the adults reading it to appreciate too, and buckets of visual humour too of course.

It’s a classic case of the picture being worth a thousand words telling, as the way Bear and Mouse are feeling towards each other is so clear throughout and we clearly see their exasperation building as we read towards the showdown(s)!

Ross is a big favourite in our house and this newest outing is no exception. Lots of fun.

Peapod’s Picks – Too Much Stuff

We are still reading A Pipkin of Pepper, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea has made a reappearance in our bedroom reads, but two new books in the post have also edged their way into Peapod’s oh-so-slow-to-change bedtime book basket!

The first of these is ‘Too Much Stuff’ by Emily Gravett, who I’m such a big fan of.

We’ve written before about Tidy which we love and Too Much Stuff returns to the woods with some familiar faces (I love Badger’s cameo in this!) but this time our main characters are Meg and Ash, a pair of magpies building a nest and preparing for their eggs to hatch.

In a move that will have parents everywhere smiling (they don’t call it nesting for nothing!), our pair start to fret about what their hatchling will need, each finding more and more ‘stuff’ their chicks just can’t do without, until their nest is lost under it all and one final addition might just be a step too far…

Just as Badger’s battle to balance his love of order and cleanliness with his natural wild surroundings saw us reminded – subtly and gently – about our impact and reliance the world around us, Too Much Stuff just as gently reminds us of quite literally that – the amount if stuff we buy, use and importantly throw away.

It’s a call to consider before we consume, and to reuse, recycle or pass on what we’re done with.

Of course, it’s also just a very funny story with a wonderful cast of characters! Reminiscent (but essentially very different from) Oliver Jeffers’ Stuck, it’s a hilariously daft scenario filled with warmth and such a pleasing resolution.

The addition of the vintage style magazine adverts in the end papers is glorious – funny and astute and perfectly delivering the message of the book.

They’ll raise a smile with adult readers and would be absolutely brilliant to focus on and use alongside the book in schools too, especially as a way of bringing picture books to slightly older readers.

It has everything you want in a story – drama, excitement, humour, warmth, friendship, a message that’s carefully woven into it and the gorgeous illustrations you’d expect from Emily Gravett.

Peapod’s Picks – witches, skeletons, pumpkins and soup!

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:

“No salt!”

“Lost! Lost my friends!”

“Pepper shop.”

“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?

Peapod’s Picks/KLTR – Charlie and Lola

Peapod’s Picks is a weekly(ish) round up of some of the books we’ve been enjoying recently.

This week we’re also linking up with the monthly Kids Love to Read, hosted by by Book Bairn, Acorn Books and Laura’s Lovely Blog.

This week, we’re loving Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola books, specifically ‘But Excuse Me, That is My Book‘ in which Lola repeatedly chooses the same, favourite book from the library until one day they go and she can’t find it.

Lola loves reading and she really loves books. But at the moment there is one book that is extra specially special…

Just substitute Peapod’s name here. We have read this for bedtime every night (at least three or four times per eve) for the last couple of weeks.

And then he woke up at 3am the other night, sat straight up and immediately asked for “Charlie Lola”.

We have put all his Charlie and Lola books in his current bedtime basket in the hope of at least varying which C&L story we read, but ‘But Excuse Me, That is My Book’ (or Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies as it’s known in our house) remains his favourite and his best.

He loves Lola demanding to go to the library “now, now, now, now, now” and Charlie telling her to be quiet – he takes great delight in “shhhhh-ing” through the library pages. He likes them looking for books that begin with “B, b, b…” and his dad and I then listing all the things we can think of that start with ‘b’ (all ideas welcome!)

He can finish pretty much all the sentences in it now and when we walk past our local library he cries “shhhhh! Li-ree” delightedly!

It’s safe to say this book is going nowhere anytime soon!

Here are some of the other Charlie and Lola books he’s also enjoyed…

I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed

Peapod loves seeing all the animals doing everyday things as Charlie coaxes Lola into getting ready for bed, especially the lion brushing his teeth and the whale in the bath!

I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato
Peapod enjoys hearing the long list of food Lola won’t eat and hearing the imaginatively redesigned dinner Charlie prepares instead! He especially likes the idea of cloud mashed potato and enjoys joining in with big “nooooo”s or pretending to enjoy it unexpectedly like Lola – “oh, yes!”

We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog
It has a dog in it. That alone means it passes the Peapod test, though he does especially like it when there are two Sizzleses at the end!

Luckily, I enjoy a bit of Charlie and Lola – I love the illustration style the most and I like how Lola actually sounds like a small child. But they’re long and repetitive for multiple reads every bedtime, so I am ready for something new to steal the spotlight soon…

Are there any Charlie and Lola fans in your house?
Which picture books have you read recently?

Peapod’s Picks – All Sorts of Lost Property!

I’ve talked briefly about The Lost Property Office by Emily Rand before, but we’ve revisited it this week as I popped it in Peapod’s downstairs book basket near the trains he’s been playing with and he’s really taken to it.

As luck would have it, I’d also just bought another Emily Rand book – All Sorts (this time illustrated by her and written by Pippa Goodhart) – after Mathew Tobin posted about it on Twitter, and he’s really enjoying that too.

So, it’s an Emily Rand double today.

The Lost Property Office is a lovely story which sees a little girl leaving her teddy on the train, and I’ll be honest we don’t always get much further than this page when reading it!

Peapod is fascinated by this part of the story, pointing out the teddy on the train and saying they’ve left him, then “Choo-Choo! Gone!”

Please excuse my morning hair!!

When we do manage to read on, we see the little girl staying at her Grandpa’s overnight (with a teddy who’s just not the same) and dreaming of finding her Teddy – along with lots of other long lost belongings.

This is a simply wonderful spread and I challenge anyone not to start hunting for the objects listed in the glorious jumble Emily has created!

And it’s these pages and those at the Lost Property Office I love best about the book.

There’s so many different things to spot, find, talk about and notice – it’ll never get boring! Collections of things the same but not quite, oddities and the everyday all jumbled in together and several “how could anyone lose that?!”s!

One of those books you’ll see something new in every time.

And the same can be said of All Sorts, perhaps even more so.

Frankie likes to sort things. She sorts all sorts of things in fact. But when it comes to people, things get trickier and she starts to realise that sometimes things are best all mixed up.

With minimal text, a lovely message and an upbeat vibe, this is a lovely book to share and Emily Rand’s gorgeous illustrations really sing.

There is something ever so satisfying and aesthetically pleasing about the sorted objects, and yet the unsorted assortments are just as appealing!

And, as with The Lost Property Office, I really love her portrayals of everyday life and people. They always seem so real and I love that they have a distinctly urban feel too.

Two truly brilliant books. Perfect for poring over and super for sharing! Bring on more Emily Rand!

#MGTakesOnThursday…sort of…!

#MGTakesOnThursday was created by Mary over at Book Craic and is a brilliant way to shout about some brilliant MG books!

To join in, all you need to do is:

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

So, “#MGTakesOnThursday…sort of?” I hear you ask. Well, I’m cheating this week. Mary, I’m sorry! But I’ve gone rogue (but only this one week, I promise!)

Because this week I haven’t chosen an MG book at all. I’ve chosen…*whispers*…a picture book.

This is a great picture book for any age and younger children will love it of course, BUT it’s one I think has so much potential for use in KS2 so I’m throwing it in here like the maverick that I am! (Promise to follow the rules again next week!)

The Misadventures of Frederick by Ben Manley, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, published by Two Hoots

This book cracked me up. Written in the form of notes and letters between the titular Frederick and free spirit Emily who sees him in his window one day and sends a paper aeroplane up to invite him out to play.

Unfortunately, Frederick is reminded by his mother of the misfortune that struck last time he went for ice cream so he reluctantly, and ever so eloquently, turns Emily down.

Emily is persistent though. Each day, she embarks on a glorious new outdoor adventure – exploring, climbing, swimming – and invites poor cooped up Frederick to accompany her.

Each day, he sends a beautifully written reply declining her offer, reflecting on the calamaties of the past.

And the ending is simply superb! Predictable yet not, it is a fittingly funny end to a super story!

The illustrations are fantastic – delicately detailed and full of the pleasure getting out in the open can bring. I loved how Frederick’s indoor play cleverly mirrors Emily’s escapades outside, but with strikingly different colour palettes and Frederick’s expression and body language vs Emily’s making clear that its really not the same thing!

The use of colour and the way it gradually creeps into Frederick’s pages is very clever, as is the way we see the wild slowly infiltrating Frederick’s refusals and drawing him in (or should that be out?!)

And the expression and emotion in the images is deftly drawn too – from disappointment to joy, wistfulness to abandon.

So, why am I showing you this instead of a typical ‘middle grade’ book?

Because I think as much as younger readers will enjoy this, it’s older readers who’ll really get it. And there is so much to be done with this, for younger readers too, but also for older.

The language for a start.

Frederick’s letters are a scream – fantastically formal and flowery, they are the perfect contrast to Emily’s brief, informal notes. Both would be brilliant to use for looking at letter writing (or email or communication in general!) and the difference between formal and informal tones, as well as for descriptive writing.

Getting kids to write their own formal rsvps with funny or dramatic reasons would be great.

There’s also the paper aeroplanes – get in an afternoon of plane making, paper folding, trial and error, test and hypothesise, measuring, timing and team work.

Then of course there’s the outdoor elements. OK, you probably can’t take them out for a dip in a local lake but take the opportunity to have an outdoor adventure or two – den building, orienteering, scavenger hunting…

This book in three words:

Clever. Funny. Outdoorsy.

My favourite sentence from page 11:

I’d love to know if any of you decide to use or read this book with older children.

Normal service will resume next week!

Peapod’s Picks – An Alphabetty Botty Book!

Oi Aardvark! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

The latests in the Oi! series, and its just as good as ever. Frog has decided to write his own alphabet book, and its the funniest alphabet book you’ll ever read!

In his Alphabetty Botty Book (and honestly, what child isn’t going to live that title?!) Frog has decided to give animals that still have nowhere to sit somewhere to park their derrieres, one (or in some cases several!) for each letter of the alphabet.

Frog is as confident and bossy as ever, with Cat remaining their usual resigned and superior self, and there are some classic Dog moments too (not least in the very funny ending!)

Fans of Kes Gray’s ‘You’re Called What?!’ will be pleased to find a plethora of lesser known (or certainly lesser mentioned!) creatures included, with pangolins, quolls and uakaris for starters.

Peapod likes that “pigeons sit on wigeons”, joyfully repeating “pidge-widge! Pidge-widge!” at this point, but his favourites are definitely the jays (after seeing one on a walk once, we must hunt for them on every walk now!) and, of course, the kudu sat on doo-doo, which he (and surely every other toddler who reads this) finds hilarious -” Poo! Sit in poo!”

For my part, I giggle at the iguanas sat on piranhas (“they’ll bite their bottoms!” – I don’t know where Peapod gets it from!) and love the big fold out spread from Q to W. If I still taught early years, I would definitely have ended up buying multiple copies of this to turn it into an alphabet strip for my wall!

As bright and bold, as delightfully daft and as completely comical as you’d expect from this series. Just when you think they can’t possibly find anywhere else to go with it, they take it in a new direction and deliver all over again. Fab!

P. S. You can read our reviews of Oi Cat and Oi Duck-Billed Platypus here and here!

Peapod’s Picks – Shout, shout, let it all out!

Earworm for the day sorted? Let’s get on with the review…!

I’ve been big fans of this series from Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti ever since I Really Want the Cake came out in summer 2017 (how on earth is that book 3 years old?!) Peapod took just as much of a shine to it as I did and it has remained one of his favourites. You can read our review of it here.

While that is definitely our favourite of the three, we also love I Really Want to Win (our review is here) and both of these, along with the newest addition I Really Want to Shout are being read every night at bedtime at the moment.

I Really Want to Shout by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti

I Really Want to Shout follows the same format at the previous books; written in the same brilliantly rhythmic, rhyming text that makes for a really fun and expressive read aloud, our protagonist is once again struggling – this time with finding a way to deal with anger and frustration.

She’s as likeable as ever, desperately trying to do the right thing, she of course lands herself in more trouble instead. You can’t help but feel for her as, she struggles against these daily misunderstandings, injustices and hardships.

I was also really pleased to see, her new friend from book two make a reappearance as she’s such a great character and acts as a calming, caring and helpful influence on our hot-headed MC, without being in any way dull or preachy.

And the same can be said of the book as a whole. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t do picture books with morals and messages and whatnot, so when I saw this one was about feelings I was hesitant, I admit.

But it’s done SO WELL, with such a lot of warmth and humour. Lucia’s expressive, energetic and playful images and Simon’s balance of sensitivity and a knowing wit are perfectly paired yet again.

I especially love the way the adults in the book feature. Anyone who cares for young children can’t fail to smile on seeing the girl’s parents not only trying to help her deal with her emotions, but trying to suppress their own frustrations too!

This is so clever, adding plenty of laughs – for children and adults alike – but also finding a subtle way to show young readers that even adults struggle with their emotions sometimes too.

Similarly, there’s plenty of ideas in the book for finding ways to calm down or keep your cool, but they’re an integral part of the story too so don’t feel contrived or shoe-horned in at all.

This is a marvellously insightful and observant book, with much to love, not just for children but for adults too.

There were several spreads which I really connected with, as both the mother of a two year old (we both really want to shout often!!) and just as me.

Oh, this page. It knows me.

And, as ever, there’s a satisfying and brilliantly upbeat and laugh out loud ending too.

For children (and adults!) who find feelings frustrating and hard to manage, or just as a thoroughly enjoyable read aloud story (Peapod has no idea what’s going on, but he loves it nonetheless – “SHOUT!”), this is brilliant.

Funny, sensitive and full of understanding, with exuberant images that are a joy to look through – it’s more than lived up to expectations and our only worry is…they can’t stop at three, can they? Our friend will be back again we hope?!

Peapod’s Picks – A Rather Blustery Day!

We’ve bought several new picture books recently and I’ll be trying to review them all in the coming weeks, but as September begins and Autumn settles in, it seemed fitting to start with two blustery books that both Peapod and I have instantly loved.

First up…

Jeremy Worried About the Wind by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Kate Hindley.

Probably most well known for her early chapter books, Pamela Butchart is a brilliant children’s author who writes with bags of humour and really knows her audience.

Likewise, Kate Hindley’s illustrations are firm favourites in our house; her characteristic images always so expressive, fun and packed with detail.

And the two combined have worked magic here!

In Jeremy, they’ve created a tryly loveable character – a sensible and sensitive soul, he is worried about everything – from bananas to dinosaurs, zips to the wind.

But, being as caring as he is nervous, when carefree Maggie shows up throwing caution to the wind (geddit?!) Jeremy takes it upon himself to protect her, even when she decides to make the most of a wild and windy day!

We love the series of spreads with no text, set out in a comic strip style to showcase Jeremy’s adventure when he’s blown away. Kate’s style is perfect for this, with the perfect balance of disbelief, mild, pirate-y peril, wide-eyed panic and excitement!

This is a brilliant book that has broad appeal. Peapod doesn’t yet understand some of the finer points in the humour of the story, but older readers will. He does however love listening to it regardless (and I’d say holding a hyped up two year old’s attention is the biggest test of all in a picture book!) and thinks the visual humour and action is wonderful. And I agree.

A hilarious, ridiculous adventure that is heaps of fun and full of warmth and the joy of living dangerously! Love it.

The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming and Nicola Slater

This is such a brilliant book. If you work in EYFS/KS1 (or dare I suggest it KS2) you need a copy of this immediately.

Full of the joys of spring autumn, this is a laugh out loud look at seasonal changes.

Squirrel wakes up one morning to find a leaf missing on their tree! Panicking, they go to ask seemingly long-suffering Bird what could have happened to it.

When another one vanishes the next day, no one is above suspicion – Mouse and Woodpecker and even poor Bird are all accused!

The characters in this are wonderfully written, with Nicola Slater’s energetic and expressive illustrations the perfect match. You can really feel Squirrel jittering and skittering up and down and round the tree and see the patient resignation in Bird.

I love the way Bird explains the leaves falling to Squirrel; beautifully described, with a touch of humour then explained more fully its the perfect introduction to the season for young children, as well as creating a brilliantly funny story in its own right.

We read this for the first time last night and it’s another that Peapod won’t understand ‘properly’ for a while yet, but he loved the pictures and listening to the story, giggling at Squirrel hunting for the leaves and suspecting Mouse!

But for older children there’s so much to love here and there’s even a double page of facts about how trees and leaves change in autumn at the end of the book, which I think is a great idea and again is clearly written – easy to understand without shying away from ‘real’ terms such as ‘deciduous’, ‘hemispheres’ and ‘hibernation’.

A brilliant book for the season, with wonderful characters, lots of laughs and a fantastic, funny twist that finishes the book superbly! I’ll be looking out for more from this duo!

Have you read either of these?

Do you have any favourite windy day picture books?!

Peapod’s Picks/KLTR – Birthday Cake!

Peapod’s Picks is a weekly(ish) round up of some of the books we’ve been enjoying recently.

It’s ages since I’ve linked up with Kids Love to Read for it (sorry) – between one thing and another I just hit out of the loop, but I’m linking up with them again for this week’s post too!

KLTR is hosted by Book Bairn, Acorn Books and Laura’s Lovely Blog and is a monthly link up to share kid’s book posts.

It was Peapod’s 2nd birthday yesterday (how is he 2 already?!)

Last year I posted about our tradition of buying a special, ‘to keep’ book each birthday or Christmas – Peapod, unsurprisingly, gets SO MANY books day to day that it’s nice to still give him a bookish present that feels extra special.

This year, he’s been mad on Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea so his special book gift was The Judith Kerr treasury.

But it’s cake we’re hear to talk about today! Specifically, cake in picture books.

In the run up to his birthday, Peapod has been mostly getting excited about cake…

… He’s made cake in his kitchen, in the sand and in the water, and we’ve read lots of cake-themed books to get in the birthday cake-eating mood!

He’s been enjoying reading Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in his kitchen and making a cake like Bear does for his birthday.

He’s a big fan of these lift the flap Acorn Wood board books, with woodland creatures hiding behind the ‘doors’, plenty to infer, predict and and talk about and lots to spot in Axel’s inimitable illustrations.

I’ve enjoyed revisiting my own childhood with A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy. You can’t beat her ability to really capture family life and in particular the adults’ points of view in ways that are warm, funny and relatable.

Here Mrs Large is trying to get the family on a diet, much to their dismay, but a cake sent from Granny proves too much temptation for all providing a funny and uplifting ending!

Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond has made a comeback into our regular bedtime reads as Mini Rabbit hunts for berries to make a cake. This book is hilarious (as is its follow up) and we’re big Mini Rabbit fans here! You can read a full review of this here.

I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti has also joined our bedtime reads. I thought I’d reviewed this previously but I haven’t! (though you can read my review of follow up book I Really Want to Win here)

Written in perfectly flowing, rhythmic rhyming and almost-repetitive text, we see a little girl trying to fight the temptation to eat a delicious looking chocolate cake her mum has left in the kitchen, along with strict instructions not to touch!

Inevitably, cake wins and on finding herself with a problem, our brilliant protagonist decides she’ll just have to make a replacement cake for her mum with hilarious results.

I’m a huge fan of these books and it has been a scream reading this at bedtimes this week (though perhaps not the most calming, send you off to sleep story!) as Peapod dramatically pretends to eat the cake and clean up the mess. Loads of fun!

Have you read any of these?

Do you have any favourite stories about cake?