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I’m not Cute! {what we’re reading}

17/03/2015
We went to the bookshop this week.  That was probably my first mistake.  I am an inveterate hoarder of books and as we are a little short on space with five of us in the house I’ve been trying to avoid going book shopping in favour of borrowing everything I can carry from the library.  But Kitty has a few birthday parties coming up and she had some very determined ideas about what she wanted to give as presents so off to the bookshop we went.  We found the sticker books she was after, we found some great little story dice to add into the mix and we came away with a bag laden with a book for each of the rest of us.
 
The girls have been learning about ballet and Kings & Queens through the ages through the medium of stickers, I have a new cookbook, and Pip, well Pip has a very cute little story.
Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life
 
I’m not Cute! is utterly adorable, and rather apt for a little boy whose big sisters are rather fond of patting him on the head, tickling his tummy, picking him up for a big cuddle and calling him “my little sweetie pies”.
 
Baby Owl is small and fluffy and rather cuddly and so as he sets off on an adventure everyone wants to just pick him up and give him a squeeze, he’s just so cute.  Well not according to Baby Owl; he know’s he’s a “huge and scary hunting machine” but somehow no one seems to have noticed.  Not Rabbit, not Fox, not Squirrel.  But then Mum comes along, and Mum knows he’s a huge scary sale sharp-eyed hunting machine.
 
Except of course that when it’s Mum Baby Owl wants to be cute.
 
 
And so he is, and tucked up safe and sound in his bed Mum says goodnight:
 
You’re so cute Baby Owl,” whispered Mum. “For a huge, scary, sleek, sharp-eyed hunting machine, that is.”
 
 
I’m not ashamed to admit that I tell Pip that he’s the most gorgeous Pip that ever there was and smother him in kisses at least a dozen times a day, and if add that to the girls Pip-adoration I think we all can see this becoming a firm favourite in the years to come.  It’s a simple story but when you spend your days surrounded by very little people who however much growing they like to do overnight are still so very little, and yet strive to do everything that their Daddy can do, or their big sister it can’t fail to raise a smile to see a Baby Owl trying to be big.
 
Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading
 

At the moment the blog appears to have given up cooperating with linky codes for lent.  I’m not sure what’s causing it but they’re giving me all sorts of problems (if the sidebar’s down at the bottom of the page as you read this, that’s why) so I’m not going to even try to put a linky button up, but if you have read something lovely recently, please do put your link in the comments section and shout to the world – and we’ll all come and have a read!  Last week Jess introduced me to Batmouse, I tried to find it in the shop but they didn’t have it, but as it sounds like a fantastic story, do go and memorise the cover in case you come across it in the wild.

What We’re Reading is a weekly link up of posts about children’s books.  That’s about as far as the ‘rules’ go; it can be picture books, baby books, books for older children or even young adult if you like; just come and join us to tell us what you’ve been reading recently.  The linky is always open for a week so there’s plenty of time to join in, or if you’d rather join in on Instagram or Twitter that would be wonderful too, just use the hashtag #whatweread and tag me (@cariemay on Instagram and @cariemaymakes on Twitter) and then we can all come and say hi.

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  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 17/03/2015 at 3:42 pm

    Sounds like you did quite well with your self control in the book shop!

    This story looks to be just so, what’s the word? Cute 😉 Perfect for little Pip!

    Here’s what we’re reading: http://www.picnicsintherain.co.uk/2015/03/are-you-my-mummy-what-were-reading.html

  • Molly 17/03/2015 at 7:47 pm

    Oh I need to buy this for Baby Girl! We’ve just started reading her dedicated stories of her own and she loves them. Up until now she’s had to make do with listening to her sister’s – I think she’ll like this one!

  • Charlotte @ Educating Elsa 18/03/2015 at 10:38 pm

    Ahh if you enjoyed this one I can recommend a similar story called Don’t Call Me Sweet. It’s practically the same as this but with a very cute little blue monster!

    • Carie 18/03/2015 at 10:48 pm

      Oh I think I must have a look out for that – it sounds wonderful!

  • sally 19/03/2015 at 11:21 am

    Sounds a perfect book, often simple is the most effective. And I’m very intrigued by your story dice – what are they all about?

    • Carie 19/03/2015 at 9:09 pm

      They’re these: https://www.storycubes.com you roll them and then try to make up a story to use all the pictures, I thought they’d be a fun present and it doesn’t matter if you get given lots of them!