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Thursday Next



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:10 pm    Post subject: Books for pre-school children  Reply with quote

Any favourite picture books for pre-school children?

Just bought Paddington and Owl Babies from The Works as part of a 4 for 5 deal, pretty good bargain. I take Friday (3) and Saturday (1) to the library quite frequently, but it's nice to have some favourite books on the shelf to keep and read whenever you want.

Some of our favourites:
Paddington
The Gruffalo
Monkey Puzzle
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
I Want My Dinner
Handa's Surprise
And Tango Makes Three
You Choose
Where the Wild Things Are
One Bear At Bedtime
I Know a Rhino
Dig Dig Digging

Saturday also loves all the 'That's Not My...' books and getting Friday to read anything that isn't Thomas the Tank Engine is always an achievement...

Any favourites/ recommendations?


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Owl Babies is lovely, isn't it? I didn't have it when I was a little boy, but my brothers did. Where the Wild Things Are is also a joy.

If I could only recommend one title for your list, it would be Patrick by Quentin Blake. He's written so many great picture books (Mister Magnolia springs to mind, which I'm sure you know), but for me Patrick is the best of the lot. I've never seen such vibrant illustrations, and the story is lovely, about two children going on a journey and collecting all sorts of people on their way. It's out of print at the moment, but you can get it very cheaply second-hand and there is a new edition of it due out later in the year, and not before time.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very fond of The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. It is an relatively old book but very appealing in a half scary sort of way. My children also liked The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont - what a great name! My youngest also loved the Spot books where you open doors and find bits of the story.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also a bit scary is Not Now, Bernard by the wonderful David McKee - great for any child who feels their parents don't pay them enough attention...


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seconded!


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just reserved a book for my son George at the library called Morris the Mankiest Monster by Giles Andreae. It was read on CBeebies recently, and though he wasn't really following it at the time, it struck me as the sort of thing that might appeal to him. He's not 3 yet but already has a well-developed sense of toilet humour, so a monster that takes a bath in sewage should be right up his street.

Since George has an autistic spectrum disorder, he is a bit behind when it comes to following narratives, so he tends to favour very simple stories or factual books with clear pictures. He does have a well-developed sense of humour, especially for slapstick, and one book that he loves that ticks this box is Bertie and the Big Balloon by Sue Graves.



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Freyda



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Also a bit scary is Not Now, Bernard by the wonderful David McKee - great for any child who feels their parents don't pay them enough attention...


That is one of my favourites, and 'Each Peach Pear Plum', but Janet & Allan Albergh.


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Thursday Next



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have Not Now Bernard, but I've always thought it aimed more at neglectful parents than at children!

Each Peach Pear Plum is good. Also The Jolly Postman, which I think is by the same people iirc (but we keep it on the shelf to read when Saturday is asleep or he'd chew the letters).


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Caro



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have said before that we used to have to read repeatedly Not Now Bernard to my youngest son.  He was only mildly neglected!  When I ask now what its appeal was he is unable to tell me.  Fortunately it is a book that appeals to parents - even after the 1000th time of reading.

My eldest son on the other hand was one of those apparently rare kids who never wanted a book read a second time at a sitting.  (The first time he asked for one was Where the Wild Things Are - interesting since I think it is considered the best picture book ever.)  The result of that though was that we had to have many books since he was happy, not to say insistent that he be read to for hours at a time.  (I can't make that sentence in its present form make grammatical sense - how do you do those sentences that have two verb forms ending in a preposition?)

So books we liked.  The Cow Who Fell in the Canal.  Hairy McLarey.  The Berenstein Bear books.  Gumdrop.  Hippo, Potto and Mouse.  Several Beatrix Potters.  The Giant Jam Sandwich. Meg and Mog. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Who sank the Boat. Rosie's Walk.

These are all older books, as my children are now all nearing or past 30.  I think there are some fantastic picture books being written now, but I am not very familiar with many of them.  A great NZ one is The Bantam and the Soldier about a young soldier in WWI France who adopts a bantam which lays him a daily egg and becomes a symbol for hope and peace during the war.  

Cheers, Caro.

PS I don't remember picture books from my childhood - were there none or was I deprived (or forgetful)?


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Freyda



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My god-daughter likes 'Roar!'- I don't know who it is by. It has a very sweet little cub in it.   Also the Shirley Hughes books, of which there are many. Alfie and Annie-Rose are great.

There was a lovely book by Posy Simmonds about a cat called Fred who leads a double life, only discovered when he dies and his funeral is like the memorial service of  a famous person. I think I enjoyed this one more than my children did. And 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'.



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