As I’m writing this Elma is sat on Grandma’s knee reading poems about Angelfish and X-ray fish, poking the pictures and saying something that sounds remarkably like “fisheee”, while Kitty is curled up with her Auntie and I think Winnie under the Sea, having already worked through Oh No George, Princess Kitty and the Mysterious Noise and goodness knows how many other stories. H and I both love to read to the girls, but every now and then when you find you know all the favourites back to front and upside down, it’s really lovely to just sit and listen to someone else read!
But back to what should probably more accurately be called ‘what else we’re reading’, with pictures ably assisted by Teddy, as nothing as mundane as Mama with a camera is going to tear Kitty and Elma away from their Grandma and Auntie!
This week’s choice is the only one of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist that we don’t own. And it’s the one that won.
I’ve been stalking it at the library and in the bookshop for a little while, just to see what it was that could possibly be better than either The Worst Princess or Stuck both of which I still rate as some of the best books we own, and so it came to pass that on a rainy Friday afternoon, when we’d decamped to the library in the hope that a change of scene, and a bit of space to run around might lift everyone’s mood, get rid of the fidgets and break what seemed to be an inevitable cycle of whinging, I spotted it, sat innocuously in the middle of the picture book box.
It’s a very funny book, there’s no doubt about it, but more than that it’s exactly the book I needed to find on Friday. Let’s just say I could instantly relate to Bella’s Mummy, who appears to have either super human reserves of patience, or possibly a secret chocolate stash (I vote for the latter!).
And the genius behind it, and the reason I suspect that it won is not that it will elicit wry chuckles from every parent everywhere, but that Kitty also found it very identifiable. To Kitty it makes absolutely perfect sense that when you’re just out of sorts ballet will feel itchy, or you can’t walk because you have a hurting foot that has only just started to hurt but means that you need to lie down on the pavement right now and not move at all.
The sweetness is that at the very end, when Bella’s all tucked up in bed with Mummy, she knows she’s had a shouty day, and decides that tomorrow will be a much more cheerful day – and it is!
It’s not a miracle cure book, I mean I’m not going to claim that Kitty magically became less grumpy or me less stressed just for sitting and reading it; but I think it’s got to help all of us to know that we’re not alone, that shouty days happen, but that it’s possible just to pick yourself up and know that tomorrow is another day.
If you haven’t seen Vickie‘s post from last week you really have to go and check it out; her little girl is just so incredibly cute reading Toddle Waddle; and Claire has been reviewing just the cutest story about making picture for Daddy; all gloop, glitter, and unintentionally beautiful! And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!