We were given When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach as a party favor and at first I thought it would only appeal to my son. A boy and his mom go on their usual Friday errands: go to the bakery, have a haircut, the usual stuff. Instead of getting a balloon, or a lollipop, the boy gets a dinosaur. Not a toy one. A real one.
I have to say, the look on the mom’s face in the illustrations by David Small is classic. And, to my surprise, my daughter likes this book too, and I think that’s because of the unexpected (and clever) reversal toward the end of the book where the mom might just decide she’s okay with dinosaurs living in the backyard.
I bought the Ravenous Beast by Niamh Sharkey for the kids one Christmas and they requested it for their bedtime story for a very long time after that. What fun we had! They learned the story by heart and could do all the voices. Of course, they both insisted that they were the hungriest of all.
There is a version with an animated story DVD voiced by Kevin Whately, which I totally recommend if you can find it. (Kevin Whately is an English actor who plays the role of Robert “Robbie” Lewis in Inspector Morse).
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have produced so many great books including The Gruffalo series. My kids’ favorites are The Snail and the Whale and Room on the Broom.
The Snail and the Whale is a really beautiful book about the smallest creature having the biggest adventure. The rhyme takes the imagination to amazing places. And when the tiny snail saves the enormous whale, he doesn’t feel so small anymore.
This duo also brought us Room on the Broom. When I read this one to my kids, I find myself growling like a dragon, shrieking like a witch, croaking like a frog, and basically just having a blast. The power of friendship, loyalty, and sticking together.