Bedtime stories are one of my favourite parts of the day. The little one is now giggling at the silly voices mummy does and the big one reads me the first page of his story every night.
We are however at a transition stage with the big one. A lot of his much loved bedtime stories seem quite young for him now. We have started to read some of the classics from my own childhood. He loved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and I had uncontrollable giggles trying to get round the tongue twister that is ‘Willy Wonker’! As much as he loves these more grown up books, he still loves a story with pictures.
We were sent ‘Posie Pixie and the Pancakes’ by Sarah Hill to review and it was perfect for the stage he is at. It’s a longer story and not at all ‘babyish’ but still has beautiful illustrations by Sarah Mauchline.
The book is part of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ series.
The story centers around Posie Pixie making and eating too many pancakes and getting stomach ache.
At first the big one was not interested. Mainly because Posie is a girl, and we all know girls are smelly, right? However once I started reading he really enjoyed the story and hopes that next time we have pancakes Daddy gets it stuck on the ceiling just like Uncle Sidney!
Posie Pixie and the Pancakes has lots of characters for you to practice your silly voices and accent repertoire. My personal favourtie was Bromley Badger, who is by all accounts a bit of a party animal! Think drunk uncle at a wedding! The language was really descriptive and there are lots of themes within the story to discuss with children. After reading the story, the big one and I talked about our favourite pancake toppings, what kind of house we would live in if we lived in the woods, and what makes us feel better when we are poorly.
I could actually see these characters being bought to life on Cbeebies, the story was vivid and there’s a message in the stories too.
You can purchase the book here for £5.99 and 10% of the publishers profits will be donated to the Wildlife Trusts.
You can also download pictures from the series for your little ones to colour in themselves. For Free!