This week we’ve had a bit of an animal (creature?) theme with our bedtime stories. We got so many books for Christmas that we’ve had to rethink our book storage, which is absolutely fantastic, and a problem I hope will be repeated many times!
Sunday’s book was the fabulous I am the wolf and here I come!, which was the first in our Imagination Adventures subscription. We loved it from the first reading.
It’s a quick and easy book to read with a very funny ending. James thinks the big bad wolf is a female, and asked, “what she doing?” On every page. Read it again rating is 5/5 and the ending is so entertaining that James grabs this book and shouts out the last lines himself.
Monday’s story was the The Twelve Days of Christmas, which is the traditional song with gorgeous illustrations by Britta Teckentrup.
I was a bit nervous about reading this with James. The paper pages are layered with a peep-through window showing the next present. It’s beautiful but seems quite delicate, and not exactly toddler-proof. I needn’t have worried. James just enjoyed the song, and we read it three times in a row before he read it to himself.
Read it again rating: 5/5
On Tuesday we read The Gruffalo’s Child.
We have this as an audiobook, which we’ve listened to in the car about a million times (not really an exaggeration) since Christmas. The audiobook is read by Imelda Staunton, and I defy anyone to listen to the cd and then not read it aloud as Imelda. We read it for bedtime, but only once. Maybe I didn’t get the voices quite right?!
Listen again rating:100/5
Read it again rating: 3/5
Wednesday’s book was the rather lovely You.
This is a fabulous, simple tale of loving your little one, illustrated with monkeys. “I love every bit of you…” the book begins, and continues, in rhyme, until it ends “with every day that passes by, I love you more and more”.
It’s such a lovely book. We’ve read it many times, so read it again rating is 5/5 but on Wednesday was only read twice.
Thursday there was no bedtime story – James was just too tired, so we just snuggled and talked about the day before he drifted off to sleep.
On Friday we read Peppa Pig and the Fire Engine. This is a nice short story, written in typical Peppa Pig style. James loves fire engines, and Peppa Pig, so this book was bound to be a winner, really.
I quite like that all the fire fighters are females, but it’s at the expense of the men-folk, who are bumbling fools.
James was really tired on Friday night, but he still insisted on reading this story over and over. Actually, because Noah was nursing while we read, he fell asleep on my arm as I sat in the recliner chair, and Rob had to carry him to bed.
Read it again rating: 5/5
I can’t remember Saturday’s book, I’m sorry. My parents were visiting, and I know we’ll have read something, but I can’t think what it was! Probably that’s because my Dad started the bedtime reading marathon.
What have you been reading this week?