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The Shark in the Dark {what we’re reading}


I think I may be compensating my children with books for having the temerity to live in Warwickshire and thereby deprive them of a seaside childhood.  Specifically books about pirates, and oceans and all sorts of wonderful watery things.

Well I say “I”; in this case, it was Grandpa.


And what could make a more perfect birthday present for a little girl from her Devonian grandfather than stories written just up the river from his house.


The Shark in the Dark has been her favourite since it arrived so it had to be this week’s {what we’re reading] because we haven’t really read very much else.


There’s obviously something very captivating about the villainous shark.  He lurks in shadows and the deep, cruising up on the unsuspecting fish, intent on making a good fishy supper.  But the fish don’t want to be a snack and with the help of a wise squid who lives in the wreck of a fishing boat they decide to show our friend just what it feels like to be propositioned for lunch.


Needless to say, he’s not that keen on being munched up by the ginormous ‘whale’ that seems to have appeared out of nowhere, and as the fish swim up into the light, and the whale dissolves in plain sight, you know that shark isn’t coming back any time soon.


It’s been such a fun book to read, and to hear read, and H, Dad and I have all taken turns.

I love listening to Dad read to my daughters, it brings back my own childhood so very vividly, and shares with them some of my fondest memories, so when he came to visit last week he was on prime bedtime story duty, with Kitty curled up in his arms while Elma scooted around at his feet.  It’s so much fun to hear our different interpretations; Dad’ shark is all full of bluster, mine takes its cue from Hollywood, where all true baddies sound like the pinnacle of old school BBC English, and channels Sean Bean’s turn as the Bond villain in Goldeneye, and H’s takes a cue from Bruce the shark from Finding Nemo in an extraordinary Australian/Yorkshire mash up.


Kitty doesn’t care who reads it, as long as she gets her story, and she loves to turn to her favourite pages; usually the ones with the shark about to pounce; all teeth and beady eyes glinting.



And judging by the tiny fingered filching that was going on while I was trying to take these photos, she’s not the only fan.20131004-DSC_0087

I don’t know how much Elma takes in of our story time, whether she can understand the words, or whether it’s simply the familiar language patterns and cadence that see her snuggle down in my other arm to clap, chew her fingers, and make repeated attempts to pull the pages towards her for a gummy smooch.

But the why doesn’t matter half so much as the fact that they do love their books; and that makes me happier than I could ever hope to describe.


Maggie Stone

Fingers crossed we’re back up and running this week so do go and say hi to Lucy and Kelle and see what they’ve been reading, and if you’ve seen something you think we all ought to be reading, please join in the linky.




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  • lucy at dear beautiful 08/10/2013 at 8:15 am

    I feel exactly the same about seeing my children enjoy reading books. I just love it!
    And we’ve chosen a serious current favourite too this week. This book that you’ve chosen looks fab, one to add to my list that’s for sure. x

    • Carie 08/10/2013 at 10:56 am

      Oh if you don’t have it already it definitely needs to go on the list!

  • Anna-Marie 08/10/2013 at 12:30 pm

    This looks really good!

    I love to read a book and know the children are enjoying it. Its lovely that they love them so much 🙂

    Definitely one for the wish list!

    • Carie 08/10/2013 at 9:57 pm

      I think the girls enjoy a lot of their books and then there are a handful that they really truly love, and I’m so glad that they do!