Rainy day reads in December

15 Jan

Beautiful watercolour paintings fill the pages of this book, and create a dreamy effect that’s very apt to the storyline.

The book reminds me of what I liked to do as a child.

I used to walk in the rain and enjoy getting wet.

And to simply experience the freedom to dance in the rain.


A simple Christmas tale.

Two families in a household prepared with much care for the arrival of Santa.

There was much excitement as the little ones looked forward to his appearance with his entourage of reindeer.

Although many children these days know that their parents are their Santa, they still find the rolly guy in the red suit and white beard endearing.

I was asked, “there’s no chimney in my apartment, how does Santa come in?”


A book about peculiar but impressive acts of cats from different parts of the world, in contrast to, the author’s ordinary cat.

The sentence pattern is repetitive “The cat from… did…”; “But MY cat likes to hide in boxes”.

Great for memory game and rhymes.


I read more of Oliver Jeffers’ books:

Have you met a book monster before?

Well, wait till you meet Henry. Henry LOVED books.

But unlike most children his age, he loved to EAT books, especially red ones!

For a while, things were really cruising “a) Book goes in  -> b) Information goes to brain -> c) Belly gets full” and Henry “kept getting smarter… and smarter… and smarter”.

But one day he became ill from eating too many books too quickly.

It was then that “almost by accident, Henry picked up a half-eaten book from the floor. But instead of putting it in his mouth, Henry opened it up and began to read. And it was SO GOOD.”


Branches went missing in a forest and “an investigation was launched to get to the bottom of things”.

The tree thief was apprehended and a court session followed.

Although it is a detective story, readers are also taught “advanced paper planery” and I’d say the most remarkable one is model no.73, known as ‘the flying rock’.


All books were borrowed from the NLB libraries.


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Posted by on January 15, 2011 in Scribbles


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