This week we’ve read some lovely books at bedtime, and also visited Seven Stories in Newcastle for the first time.
On Monday we read Pirate Pete’s potty book again. Oh boy, this book has James captivated. He’s doing well with using the potty though he needs to be reminded often, but not too often. And we have some new stains on the carpet I cannot shift. Any tips on that? I’ve borrowed my mother in law’s carpet cleaner, so we’ll see how that goes.
Tuesday saw our first ever visit to Seven Stories. I’d been told that James would need to be the right age to appreciate it, so I’d waited until now. I’m glad I did, because it’s brilliant and he loved it. I think even six months ago it would’ve missed the mark for James. We spent almost the whole day exploring the building, but didn’t see everything or go to every floor.
We enjoyed three fabulous stories at Storytime in the Attic. My favourite was Mo Willems’ That Is Not A Good Idea, which has a funny surprise ending after a fox befriends a goose and takes him home for dinner.
James played for quite a while on the train table, and we had the room to ourself, so he could really enjoy the wooden choo-choos.
There were two craft activities, and James got stuck right into both of them. The first was making a pair of glasses, and linked to the story Dex’s Specs, which I read while James drew and stuck tissue paper to the pre-drawn spectacles on card.
We then made an orang-utan mask after reading David Walliams’ The Queen’s Orang-Utan, which was a story that seemed to go right over James’ head. I enjoyed it!
The Lost and Found exhibit really drew James in, especially when a school group were there playing dress-up (you can dress as the boy in the Oliver Jeffers book), and he wanted to copy them. But there was a radio on the boat, and although he’d spent more than fifteen minutes enjoying being in and around the boat, James suddenly discovered he couldn’t switch the music off on the radio. From then on he just repeated, “it’s scary, mammy!”, so we had to leave that floor!
All in all, we loved our first visit to Seven Stories, and we’ll definitely be back!
On Wednesday we read James’ newest library book, Aircraft by David Mondey.
This is a reference book of aeroplanes, and James loves to read it and exclaim, “look at that enormous aeroplane!” Or “wow! That ones got two propellers!”. I’ve not actually read any facts or indeed any words from this book. James is more than happy to look at the pictures and then lies in bed zooming his hands around as aeroplanes while he drifts off to sleep.
James’ preschool send him home with a book on a Thursday, and this week’s was Goodnight Harry, by Kim Lewis.
The elephant, Harry, is finding it very difficult to sleep, and tries all kinds of tactics until he gets a bit of help and sympathy from his friends Lulu and Ted.
Incidentally, the class bear, Ted, came home with us this weekend. Do you think James was happy about that?!
Friday’s bedtime story was actually a book he was given for Christmas but he hasn’t wanted to read it until now. It’s George and the Dragon, by Chris Wormel.
The dragon is a fearsome, terrible thing who has a secret – he’s scared of mice! James has a little mouse he takes out and about and sleeps with, called Maisie. When we found out about the dragon’s fear James said, “Maisie’s not scary!”
Which indeed, she is not. The illustrations in the book are fabulous, and quite humorous. We have a Gro-light in James’ room, so we couldn’t see the drawings at night, but the text is large black on white, so that’s really easy to read at bedtime!
Alas, no bedtime story on Saturday as James was just plum tuckered out.
What have you been reading this week?