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300 Picture Books Challenge #17

It’s been a fruitful week for our 300 Picture Books Challenge progress, with eight new titles taking our current total to 177 different books read since the beginning of the year.

We all really enjoyed the Alfie book we read last week so I snapped up another one when we went to the library yesterday. This week’s choice, Alfie Gets in First, was the first in the series and written way back in 1981. I was trying to put my finger on what it is about these timeless books that makes them so appealing to both parents and toddlers and came across this great article on the Guardian Books website, which sums it up really well – the conclusion being that a big part of their magic is that the stories and characters are so realistically ‘normal’ yet Shirely Hughes makes makes ‘the ordinary extraordinary’. This week’s adventure sees Alfie accidentally lock himself in the house while his mum and sister are left outside.

Very Little Red Riding Hood was chosen by Daddy when he took Little Miss to the library last week and I did initially wonder whether it might be a bit too scary for a two-year-old. I needn’t have worried, this version is a modernised and witty revamp in which Very Little Red Riding Hood is very much in control – and it’s actually told through the eyes of a toddler, making it very cute and very funny.

And sticking with wolves, also worth a special mention is The Great Sheep Shenanigans, which I’m sure is going to remain popular into this week. It’s a lovely looking book, with catchy, fast-paced rhyming text that tells the story of a hapless hungry old wolf’s attempts to trick his way into a flock of lambs. Watch out for hero Rambo the Ram!

300 Picture Books Challenge week 17

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300 Picture Books Challenge #16

Up until Thursday we only had one new book to add to the list – Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt. But luckily Daddy took Little Miss to the library that afternoon so we now have a new stash after all. That said the Peppa Pig book, an Easter present, has by far been the most read of the bunch. In fact it’s been a bit of a Peppa week, with Little Miss also wanting the Baby Alexander book every night before bed, despite our (failed) efforts to try and add a bit of variety!

Of the other books read (see pic below) Alfie’s Feet, by Shirley Hugheswas always going to be a big hit as it’s about one of Little Miss’s favourite things – footwear and especially new wellies! She was also already familiar with the characters of Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose. I too have a soft spot for them as I remember them from my own childhood – the first book was published way back in 1981 when I was a two-year-old! The stories are always very endearing, covering traditional childhood fun and scenarios that are easy for little people to recognise and enjoy.

If you’re also a fan of Alfie then I came across a great page of printable Alfie resources on the official website. Some are aimed at slightly older children than Little Miss but I’m sure she’d enjoy the colouring page.

So with six new books added to the list this week, our current total is now 169 different books read since the start of the year.

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300 PBs Week 16

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300 Picture Books Challenge #15

This week has been a bit of a bumper one compared to others of late, thanks to eagle-eyed hubby spotting a library sale near his work and picking up seven fab books for the bargain price of 70p – yep, just 10p each! Little Miss has enjoyed all of the new arrivals he snapped up but we were both especially delighted with Elmer’s Special Day. She loves animal stories and all of the Elmer books are so bright and beautifully illustrated they are a joy to look at.

Mr Large in Charge was also an amusing read, especially for mums. The lead character is, like Elmer, another elephant but this one takes over the running of the house and looking after the four Large children while his wife, Mrs Large, is ill and trying to rest in bed. The Sunday Times described it as an ‘insightful snapshot of parenthood’ and I’m sure many will recognise some of the scenarios encountered by the well-meaning Mr Large and his four boisterous offspring!

We’ve also enjoyed another Ladybird Tales classic story, The Enormous Turnip, from the fantastic mini library Little Miss got for her birthday. We’ve still got another 22 books in the set to go so plenty to keep us occupied!

So with eight new books added to the list this week, our current total is now 163 different books read since the start of the year.

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300 Picture Books Challenge Week 15

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300 Picture Books Challenge #12

So close! We just missed reaching the halfway point of the 300 Picture Books Challenge this week – by one book! But we’ll be off to a flying start next week, as Little Miss received a nice haul of new books for her birthday on Friday! But with eight new books added to the list for this week, our current total number of different books read so far this year is now 149.

Little Miss got her second free Bookstart pack this week and we were both thrilled to find a copy of the classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo included. It’s one she’s read and loved before in the library. Also included was If You’re Happy and You Know It by Anna McQuinn and Sophie Fatus ([published by Barefoot Books). As you might expect, it’s based on the classic nursery rhyme but it’s the wonderfully detailed, bright and colourful illustrations of children from all over the world that make this book. There is so much to look at and talk about within the pages. All in all, we were very pleased with our pack and I think Bookstart does a fab job in encouraging parents to read with their children.

Although Dear Zoo has been a big hit, the out and out favourite this week – read repeatedly at bedtimes – was an Emily Gravett title, Monkey and Me. Monkeys generally go down very well in this house and there are a few other animals to discover as you turn the pages, some of which are a little bit different for a changeLike the other Emily Gravett books we’ve read – all of which have been hugely popular with Little Miss – it’s very simple, based on repetition and accompanied by great illustrations. I suspect it’ll be a good few weeks before I can smuggle this one back to the library!

300 Picture Books Challenge Week 12

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300 Picture Books Challenge #11

Little Miss celebrates her birthday next week so we’ve all enjoyed reading It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury this week. A Chair for Baby Bear was also a good pick from the library… she absolutely adores Goldilocks and the Three Bears and this modern book picks up the classic story and sees Baby Bear shopping for the perfect chair to replace the one broken by naughty Goldilocks. A must-read for Three Bears fans! And it has lovely pictures too.

But probably the most requested book this week was Not Now Bernard by David McKee, also the creator of the Elmer the elephant series. It’s a story that’s almost as old as me and I vaguely remember reading it myself as a child but reading it now as a parent made me feel quite uncomfortable, the message being ignore your children at your peril!

300 Picture Books Challenge Week 11

So with six new books added to the list, our total number of different books read so far this year is now 141.

Unfortunately this week has also seen me tending to two damaged library books – whoops! But I think I did a pretty good patch up job so hopefully nobody will notice!

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