Monday, March 17, 2014

Introducing our Bedtime Story Photo Series

"So many books, so little time" - Frank Zappa
We read so many beautiful picture books but it is often hard to share them all with you here, even though I really, really want to. A full review and crafty activities matched to the story is not always possible but that does not mean the book is not worthy of sharing. So I have been thinking about how I can share these amazing books with you on a regular basis. 

So after a bit of thinking, I came up with taking a photo each night of one of the many books we read at bedtime that evening to share with a very brief review or any observations we might have had after reading it. So the Bedtime Story Photo Series was born! I know it's nothing ground breaking but it will certainly help me to share more wonderful picture books with you.

Here is a snapshot of the books we read at bedtime last week:

The Boy and the Toy

The Boy and his Toy by Sonia Hartnett and illustrated by Lucia Masciullo is a delightful story about friendship. One day a man invents the best toy in the world and he gives it to his son. As time goes by, the boy begins to wonder if it really is the best toy in the world after all. This story is full of funny moments and the illustrations are just sublime!

This paperback edition was published by Penguin Australia in February 2014.

Penguin in Love

Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon is such a cute book. Penguin is looking for love and soon finds himself on a mysterious adventure with his soulmate. These two yarn bombing little penguins are just so adorable. Love and knitting, what a perfect combination for a picture book. 

This paperback edition was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in January 2014.

Barry the Fish with Fingers

Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra is as the title suggest, about a fish who indeed has fingers. Barry shows all the other fish what he can do with fingers, like finger paint, knit and even tickle. Soon all the fish want fingers too. This is a lovely book to help discuss jealousy and the colourful illustrations will definitely appeal to younger readers. My kids have never eaten fish fingers, so they didn't really get the whole fish finger reference but they still thought it was a fun story.

Dinosaur Farm*

Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon is perfect for all those little dino lovers out there. It's hard work being a farmer, especially when you have a dinosaur farm. This is such a funny story and the illustrations had us in fits of giggles. I certainly wouldn't want to have to clean up after all those Dinosaurs! 

This paperback book was published by Koala Books in December 2013.

We are linking up to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Check out some of the wonderful books people have been reading this week. 

*Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions, as always, are my own.


  1. Myra Garces BacsalMarch 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    The Boy and the Toy looks great and kind of reminds me just a tiny little bit of Shaun Tan's artwork. Will try to find that one. Enjoy the rest of your reading week!

  2. Thanks for dropping by Myra. The Boy and the Toy is a wonderfully quirky story and now that you mention it, the illustrations are a little like that of Shaun Tan's. We are BIG Shaun Tan fans here :)