Bedtime stories – week 13 (2015)

Bedtime stories – week 13 (2015)

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. 

Gruffalo at Seven Stories

Didn’t you know?


boy dressed as gruffalo

There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!

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.

toddler craft

Drawing on Dex’s Specs

making an orang-utan mask

making an orang-utan mask

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!

James loved driving the boat

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?!

So happy the class bear picked  James

So happy the class bear picked James

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!” 

toddler holding toy mouse rat ikea

we have three of these toys in case we need to wash one, or indeed, lose one!

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?

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    • March 29, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you! I wish I’d had more photos of James enjoying our bedtime stories this week.

  1. March 30, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Great books! Our son is also obsessed with pirate pete! He’s quite a healful thing though isnt he!

    • March 30, 2015 / 9:39 am

      I’ve never joined in #mummymonday before but I’m glad I did; loads of lovely blogs! Thanks for hosting x

  2. March 30, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Oh we have George and The Dragon and we love it! We’ve been reading Anne of Green Gables, a Jake and The Never Land Pirates book and Winnie the Witch Has Nits. Big readers in our home too. The girls would do their own book reviews from time to time. #mummymonday

  3. March 30, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    Lovely collecton of stories and pictures once again. Thanks for linking #weekendbookclub

  4. April 1, 2015 / 5:21 am

    Now that’s one seriously cool dude, I agree. Such precious moments over books! Loved Willems That is not a Good Idea too – brilliant twist in the end I thought.

  5. April 1, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    My little nephew is one and he absolutely loves books. He seems to think he’s being subtle when he pushes a book across to you, places it in your lap, and then climbs onto your knee to have it read to him. I’ve texted his Mum to say that we HAVE to take him here when he gets a bit bigger after reading this!!

    Eats x

    • April 1, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      It is a great place. They do baby sessions, I think, so you never know, your nephew may enjoy it already? They go on tour soon, during a three-month refurbishment, so you could get a ‘taster’!

      • April 1, 2015 / 9:24 pm

        Oooh! I’ll have to have a look into the baby sessions for him! Thanks! X

  6. April 1, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    How cute it the class bear! Your son looks very happy to be bringing him home 😀 I love Seven Stories for finding new stories – We first read ‘That’s not my hat’ there and it is now one of our all time favourites!

    • April 1, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Ted, the class bear, is mega cute, and the book of things the children have done with him is so gorgeous too!

  7. April 1, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    I would love to visit Seven Stories. Your blogpost has made me even more determined to get there! It looks like a great day out 🙂

    • April 1, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      It’s a great place; very informative yet fun. I definitely recommend it!

  8. April 1, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventures and super duper stories. James is adorable! Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    • April 1, 2015 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you; I made him myself!

  9. April 2, 2015 / 2:08 am

    Seven Stories sounds son cool! And I love the recommendation on the books you posted. I haven’t read them 🙂 Visiting from the #KidLitBlogHop

  10. April 6, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing your super sweet post on KLBH! Daughter is almost 8 now but everytime we are at the library or the bookstore, she makes a beeline to look for new Mo Willems books 🙂 It never gets old!

    • April 6, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      We’ve been recommended Mo Willems books many times but I’ve never seen any to pick them up. Now I’ll really have to keep a look out; they seem terrific.

  11. April 7, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing these great bedtime books at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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