Clearly I’ve not been paying attention. I’d like to blame it on the business of a family of five, or even the newborn haze but I think I’m going to have to go even further back than that and try to cast aspirations at pregnancy hormones (they’re always handy for blaming things on). Because not only is this week’s book by Peter Bently who would easily make our shortlist for favourite children’s book author (particularly given how many times his stories have featured in What We’re Reading), but it’s also gorgeously illustrated and really funny to boot. And yet I found it not on our bookcase at home, or strewn across the lounge floor, or even in the little puddle of stories that forms at the bottom of Kitty’s bed as whatever we’ve read in the evening slides off her duvet with a thump in the middle of the night. No, this one came home from the New Books shelf at the Library.
As I said, I’ve been slacking.
But we’ve made up with it since. Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine has been read, re-read, loved and carried around by Elma, always a sign of true devotion. And for once it’s not a book about someone stealing something. Oh, well, actually … does it count if the pinching was by accident? I think I could construct a decent argument that there was a lack of mens rea on the basis of no intention permanently to deprive.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. This is the tale of a field of sheep, quietly going about their everyday when zooming and roaring overhead alerts them to an airshow nearby. And nearest of all is a little yellow aeroplane, parked up neatly but with no one nearby keeping an eye on it. So Lambert and Eunice and Marly and Mabs, Old Uncle Ramsbottom, Bart, Ben and Babs do what we’d all like to do and sneak up for a little peek inside. But as it’s a bit of a squash to get eight sheep in a single seater it’s not too big a surprise to find that a little button gets pushed and they’re off!
Happily for everyone it turns out that Old Uncle Ramsbottom knows how to fly a plane – who said sheep weren’t very bright! – and off they go, travelling all around the world on adventures near and far.
(I’m not going to tell you where they are here, just that I love the wooly jumpers!)
But after a while the lure of their own field becomes too strong, and they point the plane back to their own spot of nice green grass and the peaceful life.
It’s a rhyming story which is always fun to read, especially when it’s done this well, and I love the patter; shades of both Lynley Dodd and Dr Seuss in the pace and the language.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to add this one to the Christmas list for one of the children; we’ve already renewed it twice – next time it has to go back to the library!
Last wek Vickie definitely had a seasonal read with My Friend the Weather Monster (I’m wondering whether we might have one around here given this last week’s rain and today’s forecast!) and Anne-Marie introduced me to the world of Biff and Chip with Everyone Got Wet which I think looks a lot more fun than the books I learned to read with! And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little or not so little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. There really are no rules here, it doesn’t have to be a book you own or for a particular age group. I write about books for pre-schoolers because that’s what I have, some of them from our exploding bookcases and some from the library, but I’m always looking out for the next stage up, and anything that’s really good tends to transcend age groups anyway!
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!