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#BookADayUK Can’t Believe More People Haven’t Read

I don’t think I know how many people have read certain books. I think I read bestseller types mainly. Not on purpose, but because that’s how I come to hear of them. I don’t read something just because it’s a bestseller though, but because I like the sound of the synopsis.

For today’s picture book I’ve chosen a book that I’d like everyone to read because I think it’s wonderful.

Dangerous: Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press, 2014)Dangerous: Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press, 2014)

Mole loves to label things. He’s happily labelling everything he finds (including a pile of poo – my five year old loved this, and it was a word she could work out herself too!) until one day he finds a strange lumpy bumpy thing and, not knowing what it is, he sticks lots of labels onto it.

Lumpy, bumpy, strange, unusual, huge, peculiar, green… But what if, actually, this new thing is DANGEROUS? Mole sticks on another label. The lumpy bumpy thing wakes up and starts to eat Mole’s labels, which upsets Mole and he wants nothing to do with the strange creature. But the lumpy bumpy thing wants to play and gets sad when it’s rejected. Perhaps there’s another label Mole can use?

Danger Girl (5) absolutely loves stories. Our bed is currently covered in the half dozen or so books that she dragged onto it early this morning, I read her at least three books every night or she can’t sleep (we compromise on which books – three longer ones, or more shorter ones) and she constantly flicks through books over and over, telling her own stories. She has always loved stories and books.

But where Mighty Girl (7) was writing her name and recognising words at three, Danger Girl has found learning to read and write a longer process and is coming to the end of reception year far ‘behind’ where her sister was at the same stage. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest, she will read when she is ready (and perhaps her recent eye test and prescription for glasses has had something to do with her being slower to pick things up too!)

Danger Girl balks at reading sentences in books, but left to her own devices, she carefully works out the words on labels. I have some labels on their toy storage that she’s worked out, I plan to add more. Reading Dangerous together means that she can attempt some of the words on the labels without being put off by whole sentences, so she’s practising and I’m sure one day soon all those individual words will add up to sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and books, and she won’t stop reading.

That’s not the only reason I love Dangerous. The art is adorable, the story is heartwarming, and the whole book is full of so much humour that it’s hard not to giggle (especially at some of the expressions of creatures with labels stuck on!) Dangerous is a great start to thinking of describing words (Mighty Girl knows that these are adjectives, I never got the hang of the proper names for things…) and increasing vocabulary. Dangerous is one of my top picks of picture books for 2014.

Disclosure: Dangerous received for review from Little Tiger Press.

Tantrums and Moods

The current England heatwave is certainly bringing out the worst in my darling children! What better way to enjoy a tantrum than in a book?! Here are two recent paperbacks to celebrate the joys of bad moods…

No!: Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press, 2013)No!: Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press, 2013)

Archie was adorable. Everybody said so… But then Archie learns the word “No!” and uses it all the time. No food; no bath; definitely no bed! No proper clothes; no coat; no playing nicely! Except, soon Archie is missing out on nice things from saying No! all the time, and it’s time to learn a new word.

Archie is adorable. An adorable baby rhino, even more perfect to read for us as we’ve recently seen the baby rhino at Cotswold Wildlife Park. And can you get anything cuter than a toddler rhino dressed up in a tiger suit? Well, possibly, but it’s pretty close to cuteness overload!

DG is being very similar to Archie at the moment. Mr Chaos was off work this week and offered to take her swimming (she loves water) but she threw a tantrum because I wasn’t going (I dislike swimming pools for various reasons, including that the last time I took MG & DG, DG almost drowned. It may have been nearly three years ago, and the lifeguard pulled her out before any problems, but I haven’t taken them since…) No! she screams at the top of her lungs, hitting Daddy. Do not despair, she does not have a favourite parent, I get exactly the same treatment at the moment too. Ugh. But reading books like this, although aimed at toddlers rather than four year olds, reminds us all that we all have our moments and we can say sorry. Destructo-Girl is adorable, too…

Olive and the Bad Mood: Tor Freeman (Brubaker, Ford & Friends (Templar Publishing), 2013)Olive and the Bad Mood: Tor Freeman (Brubaker, Ford & Friends, 2013)

It’s hard, when you’re in a bad mood. When I’m in a bad mood, I just want to be left alone. Grump. Olive is like this too. She has just had a rubbish start to the day, falling over and losing a button on her dungarees. It’s frustrating, annoying, and understandable. This is a story that can be potentially controversial, depending how you read it. For children, it’s a funny and silly story. For grown ups, we could start talking about how mean Olive is to all her friends; how unnecessary it was for her to say the things she says to them; how there isn’t a good moral to the story because she makes them all in a mood and then takes credit for cheering them up…

But for MG and DG it is a silly story. Poor Olive with her little stormcloud. When we’re angry or in a bad mood we can do things we don’t mean to. Olive loves her friends really, but she couldn’t show it properly because everything seemed so wrong in the world for her at the start. This would be a good story to use when talking about feelings. Or just enjoy it for the silliness, and the wonderful illustrations.

I can’t dislike this book even if I try! It has a girl playing dinosaurs, and a boy wearing a hat with a feather; and a boy playing football, and a girl with a frilly pink skirt; and five friends enjoying jelly worms together. No gender stereotyping, no segregation. And Mighty-Girl thinks it’s really funny, which is all you really need to know.

Disclaimer: We were sent copies of No! by Little Tiger Press and Olive and the Bad Mood by Templar Publishing for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.