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Monkey and Me {what we’re reading}

12/11/2013

Whenever I sit down with the girls for storytime we have an unwritten rule that it’s one for Kitty’s choice, one for Elma, and one that Mummy chooses.  And for the most part that works pretty well; Elma’s books are Kitty’s old friends, and most of her new ones are popular all round, and if we get Elma tucked up just right so that she can’t make too much of a bid to chew the nice shiny pages, I think she enjoys the rhythm and the words of the stories aimed at her sister.

But I love it when I find a book that just hits the nail on the head for both of them.  And right now this is one of those; Monkey and Me.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett has a gorgeously fluid illustrative style, and she has such a beautiful way of drawing toddlers that I see so much of Kitty’s role play and expressions in her little girl, and I rather suspect that Kitty sees herself a little bit, or at the very least, a ‘my friend’.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Our version is the baby board book so we can hand it over to Elma to explore, and while she turns the pages, I read the words, the little girl and her monkey go off on another adventure to meet the animals and Kitty can either shout out which one is coming next, or, if she’s got a little energy to burn, run around the lounge trying to be a kangaroo.

As well as the kangaroos we get to be elephants, bats, monkeys, and the pinnacle of toddler impersonations – penguins!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

The “monkey and me, monkey and me, monkey and me, we went to see…” refrain is perfect for Elma, and Kitty’s got most of the book memorised so she reads along with me.  But I think there’s enough there in the illustrations and the imagination it triggers that Kitty isn’t just sat waiting for her turn; she’s as engaged and interested as she is in her own books.

And that makes for a very happy fun story time.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life - Children's Book review - Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Maggie Stone

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 let us know!



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  • lucy at dear beautiful 12/11/2013 at 9:26 am

    Ahhh, this looks lovely Carie. What a cute book. I think that books like this that suit babies and toddlers are like the holy grail for mummies like us. I love We’re Going On A Bear Hunt for the exact same reasons, the simple repetition working for the littlest, while all the actions and noises work for the biggest.
    We LOVE monkeys so this is definitely one for our (ever growing) list. x

    • Carie 12/11/2013 at 9:31 am

      Bear Hunt is one of my all time favourites for the same reason! If you love Monkeys then you need Monkey and Me, there’s just no way around it!!

  • Anna-Marie 12/11/2013 at 10:36 am

    I love the illustrations of this book! Looks lovely 🙂

    • Carie 12/11/2013 at 4:53 pm

      It really is just gorgeous!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 12/11/2013 at 9:06 pm

    This one looks great. And we do the same with LL, although most of the time I am feeding her so she can’t get her mouth round Mads books. 😉

    • Carie 13/11/2013 at 9:07 am

      My Elma is a bit of a flailer when nursing – unless and until she’s asleep- so any attempts to nurse and read usually ended up in the book being kicked across the room!

  • Preeta 14/11/2013 at 5:03 am

    Lovely, yes, we have a very similar storytime setup/dynamic with our two! We are big fans of Emily Gravett — Apple, Pear, Orange, Bear is a particular favourite, but we don’t have this one, and I bet Ru, who is just starting to read, would love reading it to her sister 🙂 .

    • Carie 14/11/2013 at 8:31 am

      Apple pear orange bear is brilliant – we don’t own it but I’ve had it out from the library a few times, I love reading it faster and faster and faster!