The Trouble with Dragons is I wanted something exciting!

October 4, 2009

This weekend I went to the library to get a few books to read to Piran. I know he is only 9 weeks old but there is a lovely bit of the night when he has had his bottle and if just chilling out in my arms and I think it is nice for him to hear my voice. So, the first one I picked up was this:

The Trouble with Dragons.

Well I was excited to read it because I love fantasy books, particularly when a dragon is thrown in for good measure. So we settled down to read it last night and I am afraid to say I was really disappointed. What I should have done is read the Amazon review first:
‘The combination of simple rhyming text and fantastical, detailed illustrations delivers a strong ecological message’ The Scotsman
Am I alone in finding this a bit disappointing? Yes, I agree that children should be educated about things such as how our actions have consequences and that we can damage the planet if we make certain choices. However, does it have to be like this? Books like this for me when I was a child were about fantastical new worlds and something to get lost in. Books swept me up and delivered me to a new and wonderful place each time, and this is why I could never get enough. So, no thank you to your ecological messages, at least for a while yet.

I also bought home The Mousehole Cat, which is much more what I am after, although it might confuse Piran a little because it bought out my Cornish accent!

So, I was hoping those of you out there that have children could recommend some books for us. I want fun and adventure and excitement for now because, well, Piran is just listening to my voice and it is me enjoying the stories!


  • Reply Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? October 4, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I love books, and we have loads. I read to my two from a very early age too. If I was going to read some for my own pleasure I'd read anything by Julia Donaldson, especially Tiddler. The pics are nice and bright too.

    Other than that I'd probably re-read Enid Blyton and the Magic Faraway Tree!

  • Reply angelsandurchinsblog October 4, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Couldn't agree more with Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? Julia Donaldson just gets children, and all her collaborations with Axel Schleffer are wonderful. Gruffalo the most famous (and something about the repetition of meeting the animals really helps even young children engage with the story). The Whale and The Snail is our favourite by the duo. Also love Jack Tickle animal pop-up books, The Park in the Dark by Martin Waddell, and Jez Alborough's Some Dogs Do. Captain Finn and the Pirate Dinosaurs ticks lots of boxes. Could go on… We are so lucky to have access to so many magical books.

  • Reply Tara October 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Hands up, another Julia Donaldson fan here.
    Anyone who doesn't own The Gruffalo should be rounded up and, well they just should!
    Also Nick Sharratt is fabulous too. Foggy Foggy Forest and his new one What's in the Witch's Kitchen are great and also there's a book called Boomerang Bear which my two have loved and still read now.
    There are so many great books out there for you to discover together – wonderful wonderful times x

  • Reply Juicytots October 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Favourites for our kids included (and we have tons of books, so sorry if this goes on a bit)
    -Guess how much I Love You by Sam McBratney
    -Peepo by Allan Alhberg. Kids love the holey pages
    -Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
    -I Like it When by Mary Murphy- with lovely pictures of mummy and baby penguin
    -We're all going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen
    – Hairy McClary and Slinky Malinky by Lynley Dodd- the kids all learnt these almost by heart we read them so much,
    -The Very Hungry Caterpillar & all the other Eric Carle books beacuse the pictures are so engaging and bright,
    -Shirley Hughes books such as Dogger, they all have lovely illustrations, very 70's- grubby little kids etc!!
    -Judith Kerr's The Tiger who came to tea,our kids like to quote from it “I know said Daddy, Lets put on our coats and go to a cafe!”
    & the Mog stories,
    -Harry's Home by Catherine and Lawrence Anholt- again very detailed and interesting pictures
    -The Princess and the Pea- the version by Lauren Child because the pictures are so gorgeous.

    I could go on and on,lol!! You will enjoy finding out some lovely books that suit your child's interests. We did have a big Thomas the Tank engine phase and I am hoping you won't be subjected to that. Although it did cause my then 2 year old son to proclaim, “Is it right? Is it decent..” which was hilarious at the time.

    Enjoy x

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