After writing a post for World Book Day, It got me thinking back to my childhood where I used to love my Mum reading to me at Bedtime.That cosy feeling when you are wrapped up snug in bed listening to your Mum reading you your favourite story, Listening to your favourite characters come to life with expression.
Reading to my Children
When my children were younger, I used to read to them every night. After bath time all clean, they would jump into bed in their PJ ‘s and snuggle up under there duvet, a glass of milk and biscuits by the side of the bed. I would enjoy bringing the characters in their favourite books to life.
Our favourite book was the Magic Faraway Tree and the Folk of the faraway Tree. We would read them over and over until we felt we really knew the characters in the book. Opposite my house there was a huge tree just like the one in the Magic Faraway Tree and we used to imagine it really was the Tree from the book.
When Children get older
When Children get older, they start to read independently and shun the chance of a bedtime story. It isn’t cool for Mum or Dad to read bedtime stories well, so I have been told by my boy’s!
After I wrote my post on World Book day, I also ran a competition to find my favourite fancy dress Boy or Girl. I choose Demi as our lucky winner, who was dressed as ‘Miss Root’ from Demon Dentist. I am sure you will agree with me that she looked amazing!
I had bought my son The Demon Dentist for Christmas, after he had read all the other fantastically funny books written by David Walliams. As he was already reading The Hunger Games Trilogy so I knew it would be a while before he got around to reading this book. As children get older they tend to spend more time away from their parents, well they do in my house anyway. I decided to take action and try to spend 20 minutes a night reading this book to my son.
Each night he jumped into bed with a glass of milk and biscuit, With The Demon Dentist book ready for us to dive right in!
The results were far better than I ever imagined, We both looked forward to our 2 chapters a night, sometimes 3 when we just couldn’t leave the story on such a cliffhanger.
It was supposed to be a relaxing time before he went to sleep, Although sometimes this didn’t quite work out this way. For example, through the first few chapters I was nearly in tears with the relationship between the boy and his Dad, yet what happens in chapter 12,13 and 14 had me and my son in stitches, we were laughing and crying hysterically that much we woke up the rest of the house!
I will not spoil the story by telling you what happens, only I will never be able to look at a Moped or a drama teacher in the same light again.
I have developed my voice for Miss Root that actually terrifies my son, all I have to say is ‘Come to Mummy’ and he is freaked out.
I even made a tube of ‘Mummy’s special toothpaste’ and left it in the bathroom in place of my son’s regular toothpaste, he ran out of the bathroom in horror, whilst his Dad and I were laughing our heads off outside the bathroom door.
I would like to Thank Demi for inspiring me to read this book with my son, we have only 2 chapters left and do not want the book to end. I am really pleased she was Happy with the book we sent as her prize.
We are having such a special time together reading this book with our drinks and cookies, giggling and looking forward to our nightly read.
I would encourage other Parents to give this a try, my son has expressed how much more he has enjoyed reading this book as I make the characters so much more believable and fun.
Anyone got any suggestions for what we should read next?