The weather is really starting to get a bit chillier now that autumn is rolling in and we have been enjoying snuggling down in the evenings before bed with hot milk and stories. We love our family story time before bed and I think it really helps us to stay connected as a family. Here are the books we’ve been enjoying in this weeks what we’ve been reading.
The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams and Tony Ross
David Walliams has been likened to Roald Dahl because of his witty, childlike humor. I adored Roald Dahl books growing up, so this is quite a statement. There is an interesting pairing of David Walliams and illustrator Tony Ross, whose work is in a very similar style to Quentin Blake’s and strengthens this likeness to Roald Dahl. The Slightly Annoying Elephant follows the story of Sam who is shocked to find a rather rude, demanding and annoying elephant at his door after he signs an adopt an elephant form at the zoo. This is a really humorous exploration of taking responsibility of our own actions and the importance of reading the small print. Although Monkey gets a bit fidgety when we read this book, Bear absolutely loves it and asks for it to be read every evening.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker – Rees
I am a huge fan of Giles Andreae and think his work is just stunning. He has such a talent with weaving words and working them around messages that he feels is important to teach to young children. Giraffes Can’t Dance is a wonderful story about a giraffe who is very upset because he doesn’t quite fit into the same box as everybody else. He then meets a cricket that tells him everyone has a hidden talent when they find the right muse. The story is incredibly heart-warming and something that has even more relevance now than it did when it was first published nearly 20 years ago. The illustrations that accompany the text are just stunning and there is one double page illustration in particular that of Gerald the Giraffe listening to the world around him that is absolutely beautiful. This has been one of our favourites for a few years now and one I highly recommend trying to get your hands on.
The Perfect Hug by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
I’m going to start by saying that I’m not actually a huge fan of Joanna Walsh’s work, I personally find it a bit flat, boring and feel some words are just put in to rhyme. That said Monkey absolutely adores them and the rhythm helps him to drift off at nap time. I do enjoy Judi Abbot’s illustrations and think she caters to very younger children brilliantly. Both the wording and illustrations are very simple, making it a great book for young children.