Every now and then I look at the bookshelves, pick up a favourite and well battered story and think to myself “surely I’ve written about this one, I can’t have not done this before can I?” And I come to the blog and search and search and try to remember and eventually I realise that one, I never did tell you about The Baby That Roared, and two I need to correct that oversight immediately. Because who doesn’t need another excuse to read a story with really bad Scottish accents? (my vague approximation of a Scottish accent apparently sounds like I come from Ross & Cromarty a place I’ve never ever been to – who knows how I picked that one up).
This is the story of Mr and Mrs Deer who long for a dear little baby of their own to love and cuddle and to read stories to. And one day it seems like their wish might just have come true because there on the doorstep is a waif and stray who just wants to be loved.
Well, loved and fed, because this poor wee bairn just can’t stop roaring. Uncle Duncan is called and suggests milk, but when Mr and Mrs Deer come back with it, how strange, Uncle Duncan has vanished, but the baby is still roaring.
Well perhaps it’s not milk, maybe he needs a new nappy. And when that merely ends in the mysterious disappearance of Auntie Agnes, it’s time to call for Dr Fox.
It isn’t until Grannie Bear arrives that poor bemused Mr and Mrs Deer discover what’s wrong. Grannie Bear walks and pats and pats and walks and finally the baby lets out a giant,
well you would too if you’d tried to eat Uncle Duncan, Auntie Agnes and Doctor Fox, none of whom look terrible impressed at having been swallowed by a little monster.
And at that the little monster takes off into the sunset, never to be seen again. Poor Mr and Mrs Deer, but don’t worry, they decided to have a fur baby instead and became the happy slaves of a sweet little kitten instead!
It’s just such a funny story, especially now that Kitty has got the final joke about the kitten, and can be relied upon to bust into giggles at the last page. It’s a book for funny voices, a book just made for reading aloud and it’s perfect for when all five of us are there for bedtime story so that H can fill in the right noises for the roaring and the burping. I think it might just be one of his favourites; when Pip gets fussy and I scoot down the hall to do baby bedtime while the girls are still having their story, this is so often the story, the sound effects and the giggles that follow me down the hall.
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! Jess and Rosalie were very Easter-themed with Hot Cross Bunny, as a fellow parent of a hat obsessed child it made me giggle!
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