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The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

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The Enormous Crocodile

The Enermous Crocodile

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake…the magical partnership that beguiled so many childhood hours, and what better example to begin with than The Enormous Crocodile? It’s pitched perfectly at toddler level, but is MUCH longer than the average toddler book, so excellent for alleviating journey tedium, but not so good for bedtime, if everyone’s tired. Great introduction to the signature Dahl theme of gleefully foiled anti-child plots – you’ll be surprised how cheerfully your child absorbs the horrid idea that crocs eat kids if they get the chance.

The eponymous enormous crocodile sets off through the jungle to the town to catch some juicy children, and on the way he’s nasty to various charmingly named creatures and boasts of his “secret plans and clever tricks”. Quentin Blake ingeniously illustrates the croc disguised as a palm tree, a seesaw, and finally a picnic bench, before he gets his well-deserved comeuppance at the hands of the largest creature he mistreated – it won’t be any use telling your child that the croc is fine really after seeing the last, hilarious page. Lots more Dahl to enjoy after this: we’re going to try The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me next. And if this seems a little scary still, try Blake’s solo books for smaller children, such as Amazing Daisy Artichoke.

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Counting Birds by Alice Melvin

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Counting Birds

Counting Birds

This learning-to-count book has beautiful, detailed illustrations of many (some quite obscure) kinds of birds, increasing in number (as you might expect) from one cockerel to twenty of some other kind of feathered friend. In case you’re puzzled by my vageness, it’s because my daughter showed so little interest in this book that we had to stop at three China ducks. However, to give the book its due, it’s quite unusual to go as far as twenty in early counting books, with the result that the two-year-old son of the friend who lent me the book already counts fluently to twenty (obscure birds). He liked it more, it seems, and so may you. Good luck!

Counting Birds Page

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Why I Love My Daddy – Illustrated by Daniel Howarth

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Why I Love My Daddy

Why I Love My Daddy

A rather belated happy father’s day to all the dads with a book that is the perfect gift for the aforementioned hallmark occasion. Why I Love My Daddy has no story line per se. Rather it is a collection of illustrations put to words that have been uttered by kids around the world…..each two page spread has a cuddly looking pair of animals – dad and offspring in various moments of affection with a little sentiment of “I love my daddy because…..” (fill in the blank – you know “he is so strong”, “he is so handsome”; that sort of thing).

The illustrations are nice – I like the elephant in particular, playfully squirting water on his tot, which reminds me of bathtime. Though, it has to be said, usually it is the little one who is watering me, not the other way around. I mean, at bathtime you are bound to lose if you start a splashing war….what with the kids being in the water and already wet, and dad being next to the bath, still clothed. It’s a recipe for having to change just after you’ve got the little ‘un dry and dressed.

Cuddly Polar Bears

Anyway, Why I Love My Daddy is a perfect little bit of sentimentality, and really, you would have to have a heart of stone to page through the book and not feel a little twinge of emotion. “So it is more for the dads than the kids?” you ask. Well, not really. I think it is a good book to read with children because they like to be told that their parents love them and that they love their parents. My book was made all the more special the inclusion of a lot of lovely stickers on the inside covers and a beautiful card/bookmark that my daughter presented (very proudly) to me yesterday.

This is a perfect book for a cuddly read after an exciting day!

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Noisy Middle Ages by Rob Lloyd Jones and David Hancock

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I know you’ve come across these before. Books with little buttons on the side that produce noises…..This one is actually pretty good. At least the sounds are reasonable. My main gripe with these books is that the volume is usually set too high and causes some slight distortion through the very tiny little speakers. This one is no exception. A bit too loud, but otherwise quite nice. There are 16 different sounds, my daughter’s favourite is the chanting gregorian monk.

Now this book is not only a push the button to make a sound type of book, but it also has those lovely flaps that are bound to get yanked and pulled and torn. But in their current pristine condition, the book is actually lovely. Richly illustrated, it is somewhat reminiscent of Richard Scarry books.

As you would expect, there’s lots of info in this book, from descriptions and illustrations of Village Life to Building a Cathedral and Market Day. The book is obviously not so much a story book as a show and tell book. I would say this isn’t the ideal book for a three year old, simply because it can be a little too descriptive and detailed, which can cause the little ones to reach their saturation point, but still we’ve spent a fair few nights reading this one so far and I’m pretty sure we will see a fair few more.

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