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Open very carefully {what we’re reading}


“Once upon a time there was a mother duck with three pretty ducklings and one…”

Hang on a minute, this isn’t The Ugly Duckling.  Or if it is, we’ve gone really really wrong somewhere because there’s something lurking in this book that really really shouldn’t be there.

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Do you dare, are you brave enough to Open Very Carefully?

After well over a year of What We’re Reading posts I think it’s fair to say that our taste in children’s books is fairly eclectic.  If our favourites have got anything in common though it’s that they’re all just a little bit different; there’s a quirk or something unexpected in them that keeps my interest enough to want to read it hundreds and hundreds of times over.  It might be gorgeous illustrations or language you can wrap your tongue around or a rhythm that makes it easy to read aloud. Or in this case, a crocodile.

Yes, a crocodile.  A rather big mean looking crocodile with a lot of sharp pointy teeth who for some reason has ended up stuck inside a Hans Christian Anderson classic.

And not only is he stuck, he’s hungry.  First it’s the letters, then words, and then whole sentences disappear. Well you can’t have a book if there’s nothing to read so Duckling comes up with a plan.

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One that Kitty is usually only to happy to help him with!

And once he’s sleeping lik a baby, Duckling has a few more plans to make him a much less intimidating prospect; plans that involve a crayon…!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

For the record small children of mine, if you should ever decide to take a feather out of Duckling’s book and ‘illustrate’ any of your nearest and dearest while they’re sleeping you should expect to get a similar result. Because as it turns out, crocodiles really don’t like being dressed up in a tutu, ballet slippers and a nice pink bow while they snooze.

Crocodile wants out (and who can blame him) so he takes a flying run up and launches himself at the edge of the page..

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

but to no avail! There’s only one way out,

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

and it’s a way that’s just perfect for little fingers to follow (and noses but that might just be in our house), to see if we can work out where the crocodile might turn up next.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I think we can definitely tick all the boxes for quirky and a little bit different. I loved it when I saw it and Kitty, whose birthday present it was, is equally enamoured. Elma is probably less excited about it, she hasn’t quite got the interactive part of it, and as it isn’t in rhyme it doesn’t have the sense of lullaby that she associates with story time, so I think this is one for the slightly older crowd – Mummy included.

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Vickie started the crocodile theme early last week with The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water which might well have to come and join our library at some point; 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. 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!

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  • dean of Little Steps 14/10/2014 at 10:20 am

    Oh little T will love this book! We usually read to her before she sleeps and never, manage to capture the moment. Maybe because around this time, I’m usually a little bit stressed out and tired that taking photos is far from my mind, that’s why I haven’t managed to joined in. How do you do it?

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 3:22 pm

      I don’t take the photos at bedtime which helps – that and we’re overrun with stories, it’s hard to fire a shutter and not get a book in the picture around here!

  • Vickie 14/10/2014 at 11:39 am

    I have to get this one for Bubs as she’d love it! We have a copy of Again! by Emily Gravett that has a hole ‘burned’ in the back from where the dragon got a bit cross. It’s great for questing fingers and playing a game of peepo.

    I don’t know if Carie is the same but these days I’m finding it easier to take photos of the books without my daughter being in them. It’s quicker to prop the book up, place a few themed toys around it and snap away. It takes a few minutes rather than the hour spent chasing down a toddler who doesn’t want to be photographed.

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 3:32 pm

      I switched to taking pictures without the girls because (a) it’s easier and more importantly (b) I want story time to be about reading not photos and I can’t take their picture and read to them at the same time! I do sometimes spot them reading by themselves so they will appear from time to time!!

  • Anna-Marie 14/10/2014 at 4:58 pm

    I absolutely love your range of books Carie, I love checking in to see what your reading and the difference from one week to the next is just wonderful! This books looks like a delight!

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 3:38 pm

      Eclectic would be the understatement wouldn’t it!!

  • Molly 14/10/2014 at 8:14 pm

    What a wonderful book! I love quirky books too – this one is definitely one I’ll look out for. x

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 3:42 pm

      I think you’d enjoy it, it’s lots of fun!

  • sally 15/10/2014 at 9:18 pm

    This one looks great too, hurray for eclectic tastes in books!

    • Carie 17/10/2014 at 8:59 am

      Eclectic is pretty much my theme for anything but especially books!

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