Is the definition of ‘future classic’ a really boring book that children will one day be forced to read at school? I think schooling destroyed my appreciation of many books!
Fortunately that definition of ‘classic’ doesn’t seem to apply to picture books 😉 Today’s choice is surreal timeless fun and one I think deserves to be a classic.
There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub: Catalina Echeverri (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2014)
Amelia has a secret – shhh! – there’s a mustachioed French dinosaur called Pierre hiding in her bathtub. Fortunately Pierre is good at hiding, so good that only Amelia can see him.
They spend their weeks doing the usual things that children and invisible French dinosaurs do – flying to the moon, dancing upside down, eating giant ice creams and stinky cheese, and sailing to magical lands – but it’s almost the end of the summer holidays and their fun must come to an end. Or does it?…
Full of humour, subtle surreal silliness, and packed to the brim with imagination, this is a story that will take children on a magical journey with a wonderful new friend. Danger Girl (5) and Mighty Girl (7) both love this tale. It’s great for imagination (who do we have hiding in our bathtub?) and packed full of lovely details (DG loves pouring over what Pierre packs in his suitcase.)
I think it’s brilliant too, and am quite happy to read about Amelia and Pierre’s antics over (and over and over) again.
Disclosure: There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub received for review from Bloomsbury Children’s Books.