In our house there are stories that are definitely bedtime stories, some that are any time stories, and a few that are definitely middle of the day stories and this is one of the latter.
It’s just too much fun to encourage quiet sleepy thoughts at bedtime; and that’s me as much as the girls. If you’re expecting a bible story, this, well, shall we say it’s more fan fiction than a retelling of the Genesis classic. Noah, fed up with the animals dismay at the weather (a scene not entirely unfamiliar to any parent who made it through a bout of cabin fever last winter) suggests hide and seek and off they all go with Noah in hot pursuit.
And, just as small children are also wont to do, they all end up exactly where they shouldn’t be; in Mr and Mrs Noah’s bedroom, and that’s where the fun really begins. There are animals under, in, behind, or on just about everything; all hiding in rhyming bits of clothing, from Gnus in shoes to Newts in suits and Quails in tails (though quite why Noah, literally expecting the end of the world, should pack a tailcoat is anyone’s guess).
And once Noah’s found everyone, they all settle down for tea and cakes made by Mrs Noah, and a fair amount of tidying up afterwards one would imagine!!
We first bought this for Kitty when she was about Elma’s age, and so far I’ve only had to glue two of the flaps back on again, which says something for their sturdiness, both in sticking to the book in the first place, and staying in a form that can be restock later. The illustrations are colourful and sweet, and suit the style of the book completely, and it’s no secret that I love Peter Bently’s books – he’s obviously got a sense of humour that just makes me giggle!
Kitty’s a big fan, calling out the rhymes that she remembers, and she’s rapidly trying to teach the story to Elma as we go. Though from Elma’s expression she’s still a little bemused as to how we got from “the animals went in two by two” to here!
Anne Marie’s choice last week was incredibly cute, and follows on from her earlier recommendation of the Splat books with Love Splat; Vickie’s little girl has been having a whale of a time pointing out every single raven in the Tower of London in Paddington at the Tower; and Gemma has pulled a real treasure out of the archive with the enchanting Maisie Middleton, one of her own childhood favourites!
And if you have a favourite why not share it here; each linky will stay open for a week so there’s plenty of time to join in. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you. I’ve told you what we are reading, now tell me what we should be reading!