Saturday 3 December 2016

Monthly Book Roundup - What we have been Reading in November

Its time for my monthly book round up again. Each month I write about new books that I have introduced to Lily at bedtime and what we think of them. We always read around 4-5 books a night and most nights we end up reading the same ones with a few odd ones read in between. I find reading the same books helps Lily relax and she does grow fond of the stories each month and gets excited when I get them out to read each night. 

You can read all our other monthly roundups here.

There wasn't really much of a theme this month. But we have had a great selection and variety to read. 

So here is what I thought of the books I read to Lily this month. 

1. What about me? By Emily Johnson 
Lily actually chose this book from the shelves of The Works. She has lately been really interested in babies. If she hears one cry she wants to go over to it and she loves playing with her baby dolls or watching anything that has a baby in. Like the Episode of Peppa Pig and Baby Alexandra that we watch over and over and over again. So it was great to read this book to Lily knowing it was her choice. She asked for it many nights by saying "baby" and always sat so quietly and listened to the story. The storyline is of a little baby sister being introduced into the family and her big brother isn't very happy about the attention she is starting to get. He feels ignored and so tries to do all sorts to get noticed. In the end he does and his parents show him that he is loved. Its a great book with a nice rhyme to it and I think I would recommend it if you have a big brother in the family that is getting a tad jealous of the attention the new baby is getting. 

2. Gordon's Great Escape by Sue Hendra
We have read quite a few of Sue Hendra's stories now. This one me and Lily really enjoyed. Its all about a balloon who after attending balloon school goes off to find his place in life. He gets a best friend but that doesn't work out, he becomes a magicians assistant but that doesn't work out either. In the end he starts to work for the circus and thats where he finds his place. But the story doesn't go with out this balloon finding all the dangers a balloon would and has to avoid situations that might make him pop. The story is exciting from start to end and keeps you wondering what may happen next. The illustrations are also really colourful. Lily really enjoyed naming all the colours of the different balloons. This story I won from a Toppsta giveaway. 

3. Dylan the Doctor by Guy Parker-Rees 
Lily really enjoyed this story and would ask for it by saying "bag bag" as in the story it shows Doctor Dylan's doctors kit. The story is all about Dylan the dog and his day of being a doctor and helping out all the other animals. Children will all love this story as every few pages they all make the nee naw sound as he pretends to drive to an emergency. If other children are anything like Lily then they will be as obsessed with "nee naw cars" as much as she is and love this book. The story is slightly longer than some but It did keep Lily interested all the way along. This book I also won from a Toppsta giveaway. 

4. How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers 
This story is a lovely one for before bed. Its a really sweet story of a boy who really wants to have a star of his very own. He looks at them each night in the sky and one day decides to catch one. But not understanding stars very well and the fact they are up in the sky and also don't come out in the day he struggles. Of corse the story can't have a sad ending and he does eventually get his star he wanted. This story Lily loved because she really likes stars at the moment. She would point to the big stars in the story and say "big star" and then say "baby star" for the little ones. Its just the right length for a nice bedtime story. This book my friend picked up from WH Smiths and got it Lily as a gift. 

Which of the stories do you like the sound of the best?


  1. We love Gordons great escapes
    Might try dylan the doctir next

  2. What About Me? Sounds good, and relevant. Baby may be interesting, but needs to be settled in as part of the family, community, etc. Everyone Matters, and it is important to remember that. Big brother/ s and everyone else may have to learn to adjust to change / addition. But he has needs and emotions, just like before the baby arrived.

    Seems useful in preparing for new baby, as well as when adjusting to new addition. Nice that Lily enjoys the book, and also seems to have developed empathy.

    Rachel Craig

  3. Dylan the Doctor, sounds fun. Kind, caring Dylan. Plus we do love dogs and other animals.

    Rachel Craig

  4. How to Catch a Star sounds like a lovely book to read with the kiddies