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:
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!