As soon as I heard about the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book The Smeds and the Smoos, I diverted my lunchtime run to Waterstones in Reigate to pick up a copy for my son.
My 3 year old loves his bedtime story; we usually end up reading 3 or 4 books a night. At that rate I get through A LOT of books. I have memorised the Gruffalo and I get positively giddy at the thought of reading something new. So the same night as my bookshop run, we sat down to enjoy the Smeds and the Smoos.
The book has some great made up words which I had to get my head around but the rhyming lyrics make it easy to get through. It feels a little longer than some of the fantastic duos other books but the theme is wonderful and provides a great lesson on the importance and value of making friends with people who might be different to you. It is definitely worth picking up a copy.
And if like me, you get stuck in a bedtime story rut and need something new, here are some of our other favourites, the top story books for a 3 year old.
By Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Monkey Puzzle; Highway Rat and Stickman; these are in our opinion (other than the Gruffalo obviously) the best three Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books.
By Elli Woollard and illustrated by Benji Davies
The Giant of Jum and The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knights are both beautifully illustrated and a pleasure to read with their rhyming verse. My one criticism is that they haven’t collaborated more.
By Patricia Cleveland-Peck and illustrated by David Tazzyman
You can’t take an Elephant on a bus and the follow up You can’t let an Elephant drive a digger are both silly and fun. Definitely worth a read.