Monkey Puzzle – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

H was in an adorable mood today!  Really chatty (no IDEA what he was supposed to be saying of course!) and especially smiley!  I found his Monkey Puzzle book (Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler) which we hadn’t seen for some time and he cuddled right up for a read.  H already LOVES The Gruffalo’s Child by the same author / illustrator, which we’ve read to him nearly every night since he was about 4 months old and it’s now part of his bedtime routine.  When I found Monkey Puzzle in a charity shop some time afterwards, I was attracted by the images and the rhyming content but had no idea it was by the same two.  H won’t sit through many traditional ‘story’ books unless there is some kind of ‘lift-a-flap’, pop-up or noise to go with it BUT with both The Gruffalo’s Child and Monkey Puzzle, he patiently enjoys every moment.  I would love to know what it is….could be the stunning illustrations…or maybe the sound of the words in their sing-song rhyming tones.  I don’t know.  But it works!  He practically bashed me in the face with the book…the first time he’s ‘asked’ for a story!  And we had to have it again………….and again…………………….and again……………..

First appointment for my new business tomorrow……..wish me luck!
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