The Kids’ Books of the Month – October

Snuggle in tight and enjoy the books the kids have been reading and re-reading this month. 

Kids' favourites for OctoberThe Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez is one of the best kids’ books we’ve had in ages. There are no words so it’s been up to me to make up the story, but there’s almost no need – the pictures tell their tale so well that the girls have even been reading the book to each other. The twist in this tale is the kind all kids – and mums – enjoy so that for once, the fox isn’t quite the bad guy that he appears to be.

Dimity Dumpty is the story of Humpty’s little sister. She’s the shy one of the family and prefers to stay out of the spotlight, leaving her accident prone brother to garner the attention. Until one day Humpty is up too high again and needs his sister’s help. Lots of fun.

The Princess and the Pea is Lauren Child’s (of Charlie and Lola fame) take on the classic tale. I have to say I’m not a huge Lauren Child fan or perhaps it’s just that I find Lola to be a little annoying. Happily, this book is a touch more sedate than the over-the-top antics of Lola and her brother and so, if your child loves to read every single version they can find of the traditional stories, this is one to add to the pile.

Snoring Beauty is of course another version of another classic tale and this one is good to read aloud as long as you can work up a good snore while you read. In fact, I’m sure half of the reason why this one is a favourite is because of all the sound effects that I’m pressed to do whenever we read this book.

Like all four and a half year olds, anything with poo in it is sure to be a favourite of Ruby’s, especially an enormous pile of elephant-ghost poo. Can’t imagine what that might look like? Well, turn the pages of The Elephantom and you will see …

More kids' books - OctoberAudrey’s chosen a few of my old favourites this month, starting with The Great Big Mystery Book by Richard Scarry. My girls love anything by Richard Scarry; the stories are a bit crazy – like this one about a fox who steals groceries in a toy bunny that gets fatter and fatter the longer he shops – and the pictures are full of all sorts of fun things to find.

Henny Penny by Paul Galdone is another classic from my childhood that still captures kids’ imaginations today. Who can forget the story of Henny Penny and Cocky Locky and Goosey Loosey and the untimely end they meet when they run into Foxy Loxy. No moral in this story, but we don’t always need a moral.

Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion has been read so many times I can’t believe the pages haven’t fallen out. Harry the dog has been around since I was a child and this is a great story of his adventure at the beach when everyone thinks he’s a sea-monster. But this one has a happy ending, which is a relief after reading about poor old Henny Penny and friends.

Charles Fuge illustrated a series books we liked when the kids were smaller about Baby Wombat and his friends. This book, It’s Lovely When You Smile, is about a sad kangaroo whose mum spends all day trying to make him smile. But he won’t, or not till they all fall into a big puddle of mud …

You’ll be walking around the house singing ‘crunchy munchy for my lunchy’ after you’ve read Wombat Stew too! This book by Marcia Vaughan has been a favourite of ours for a while and regularly gets re-borrowed from the library. My girls are going through a phase where they make Wombat Stew in their kitchen every day, all brought on by this great Australian kids’ book.

That’s all for this month. Happy reading!

4 comments

  1. Trin

    The Chicken Thief we use at work for the children to make up their own words. So I have to agree it is a great book. My children however would yell and scream at you about Charli and Lola as they both love all their books so I think I’ll just have to keep that one to myself.

  2. The Chicken Thief is great isn’t it? I just love how well the expressions on the animals’ faces are drawn – it makes it so easy for the kids to understand what is going on just by looking at the faces. And yes, my kids would disagree with me too about Charlie and Lola – they love them, it’s only me who isn’t so sure.

    • Thanks for the link – I did momentarily think that perhaps a story that championed falling in love with a kidnapping fox may not have the best moral but we’d just finished reading Henny Penny and everyone gets eaten by the fox at the end of that book so The Chicken Thief is a way ahead of that!

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