Welcome, welcome! It’s lovely to see you! So very glad you could join the party today
This book has everything: Startling colours! Wonderful rhyme! Silly humour! HOLES!! I think this gorgeous book about a father woodpecker teaching his child what he really needs in life (good pecking skills) is an exceptionally good book for the youngest of children.
With a nod to perhaps the all-time classic when it comes to baby books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I especially love the page where all the food gets pecked, and the absolutely well deserved sense of pride the young woodpecker feels in the pecking he does everywhere.
No need to bang your head on a wall (or your beak on a trunk), this is truly brilliant book.
And in lieu of party crisps, let me hand round the jelly beans (fortunately, unlike those in Lucy Cousin’s book, these have NOT been pre-pecked!):
60 world-changing seconds spun out to create one breathtaking sequence of 32 pages, this new book by Graham (which will get me pulling another all-time family favourite, Has Anyone Here Seen William?, off the shelves to read to you) about a young boy’s very first steps is clever and contemplative. I’m not quite convinced kids will rejoice in it the way adult readers will, but it’s nevertheless a stunner, and perfect with a cup of tea (or milk) and a biscuit:
Now, are any of you cat fans? Do any of you (like us) have children who have a MASTER PLAN to persuade their parents that family life is not complete without a cat? Then this story is especially for you.
I might prefer the turkish delight which is mentioned in the book (children’s literature and turkish delight go together so well, don’t you think?), and here’s some I made for you to enjoy at our party:
Like so many of Willem’s books if you, my dear listeners, are not talking back at me, calling out at me, pointing out what I as the reader have failed to notice or refused to believe in this story, I will be very surprised. Not merely a fractured version of the traditional Goldilocks tale, more like an utterly bonkers one, with added Norwegian-ness. Are you giggling yet?
I should add, I think we’re safe here (I’ve put up a dinosaur defensive cordon around our party), so do tuck into some chocolate pudding.
Chocolate-filled-little-children-bonbons? Yes, it’s well documented, Dinosaurs are rather partial to them, but adults filled with chocolate pudding? No. Absolutely not. Way too bony and chewy.
But by now we are overdosing on party sweets and treats and it is time to get up and boogie. With all that sugar inside you, is your inner monster rearing its head? Then Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Kelly Murphy is for you.
Perfect for getting everyone doing actions I’d love to use this in a PE lesson!
But that’s perhaps too much exertion for a party. What we need now, to cool down with, are some monster lollies, just like those in Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters.
Wow… what a party! Lots of laughter, excitement, and sugar and stories in equal measure. I hope you’ve had a wonderful time. These are the tremendous books I’m putting in your party bags for going away with:
It’s been so much fun having you all over. Let’s hope we can party together again very soon