My plan was to write a post about what we have been reading most once a week, but life with a toddler and a baby is rather hectic, so throw in some house renovations as well and I’m over here treading water, running a month behind schedule. Anyhoo, this week we’ve been loving pirate adventures, a story about being true to yourself and a story featuring Red Riding Hoods’ gran!
I know this post is a little late, but as the saying goes, better late than never, so here is my next (very) belated ‘What we’ve been reading’ post, featuring this weeks’ top 3 books!
Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Now this is a rather quirky book that represents a middle class tiger having a bit of a nervous breakdown. He sheds himself of his boring clothes that make him look like everyone else and runs off naked into the jungle so he can be more himself. On his return he is given a rather fetching flowery shirt and everyone else becomes more accepting of people breaking the status quo.
I love this book, the wording is very basic, the sentence structure is very simple and the story focuses on how everyone should be able to be themselves. The use of colour in the illustrations are amazing for strengthening the main message throughout the book, as when everyone is the same the pictures are predominantly grey and boring, whereas Mr Tiger is bright orange and runs off to the very colourful jungle.
The Great Sheep Shenanigans by Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka
I’m a huge fan of Peter Bently’s books because they are so creative and always have a humorous element to them. I’m also a huge fan of the illustrator Mei Matsuoka, whose style is so unique and fun. So when they come together to create a book, the outcome is usually quite wonderful.
The Great Sheep Shenanigans is a humorous story following a wolf who comes up with multiple ideas about how to disguise himself as a sheep in order to catch some lambs from the flock, but his plans are thwarted by Rambo the ram and red riding hoods grandmother who plot together to catch him out.
Peter Bently’s books are among my children’s favourite and over the next few weeks, I’m sure you will see a number of his books pop up in these posts talking about our top three. If you haven’t come across Peter Bently’s children’s books yet, I highly recommend them.
Teatime for Pirates by Richard Dungworth and Sharon Harmer
Dinnertime is one of the most stressful parts of the day, I hear ‘No’ a lot and struggle to convince my children to eat their dinner without bribing them with blueberries and yogurt, so anything that encourages eating dinner is always a winner in my book.
Teatime for Pirates is a fun story about how eating dinner gives a pirate all they need to carry out their pirate duties. The books flows really well and is a great way of introducing rhythm to younger children. The use of language is very basic and the text is very clear to see, making this book great for toddlers, but also great for younger children who are beginning to learn to read.
I’d highly recommend this book, especially to parents of fussy eaters. Teatime for Pirates is a hot favourite in our house at the moment and has remained in our reading corner for a few months now.