AS A CHILD, I WAS ONLY TO BE FOUND WITH MY FACE FIRMLY BURIED IN A BOOK.
I don’t know how many times my mum would call to me as I sat on a stool in the corner of my parents’ shop or was in my room, reading a book cover to cover. It was A LOT of times. I’d be so immersed in the world within those pages, I just couldn’t hear anything or anyone around me. Then something happened; not sure why…maybe study pressure and the fact I had to read as part of my French and English degree. I just stopped reading. I’m ashamed to say that apart from a brief ‘resurrection’ in my mid/late twenties and then my mid 40’s (sssh) when I gasp-oh-no-you-didn’t! got a kindle as a birthday gift, my reading days have suffered a terrible blight…a blight that I’m fully aware only I can fix. Sadly, unless I stop blogging, then I’m afraid all I have time to read now are blogs before falling into bed exhausted each night.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH EMMY AND THE WHALE?
This is the bit I’m sort of dreading revealing as it is a total slummy mummy confession. I’m afraid my deceased passion for reading greatly impacted bedtime story time in my house. With my first child, I bought book after book. I even spent a small fortune on stunning French books and I read to her all the time. Somehow, it fell by the wayside with my younger two. Thankfully, all three of my kids are now old enough to read ‘chapter’ books and I’m delighted to say there has been a turning point in the last six months. This Christmas, all three kids received books as gifts and can be regularly found tucked up in bed absolutely engrossed and it is not uncommon to come across this:
Yes, alright. What we were thinking buying brown sofas when we have brown kids? Don’t worry, I’m buying cream ones next time just so I can see the kids. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that every time I see a sight like this, my heart just sings!
SO IMAGINE MY UTTER DELIGHT WHEN EMMY AND THE WHALE ARRIVED…
…And all three of my kids read it! Created by the rather clever Julian Burrett and Chris Cor, Emmy and the Whale is a book that you just WANT to have on your book shelf. As I explain in the vlog below, it took me back to my childhood (although my clumsy turn of phrase in my vlog suggests we had CGI when I was growing up!) and reminded me of just how magical books were to me when I was young. The story is fairly short, ideal for children with a limited attention span or busy parents that don’t have time for a more ‘demanding’ read. As for the rest of the details and to find out how Emmy and the Whale went down with my kids:
TO FIND OUT HOW EMMY AND THE WHALE WENT DOWN WITH MY KIDS…
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