Tuesday, 9 May 2017

'Clip Clop!' by Nicola Smee

I haven't done a post about what we're reading recently. Girl Child is now a very independent reader (and reads the same books over and over) so I don't have much to say about her reading habits these days. And Toddler is in full-on book devastation mode so I'm ashamed to say I haven't been reading much with him.

Except for one book.

As you can see, this book hasn't escaped his destructive powers entirely, but a slightly bent and nibbled front page is nothing compared to some of the havoc he's wreaked. (I've even had to throw books away - sob!) I think he's sparing this book because he loves it so much!

It's a really simple, short story, perfect for older babies and younger toddlers.

This book is absolutely made for bouncing a baby along to. Every parent has played horsey one time or another, and this story gives you lots of opportunity to make your little one giggle.

The rhythm of the text encourages you speed up your bouncing until ...

This is Toddler's favourite page - I lean back for the HALT and forward for the fly and his face lights up every time!

I love the playful ending - anticipating the child asking for another read of it! Although Toddler is too young to say 'again' himself, he will often turn back to the first page, indicating he wants another 'ride'. It's so short and fun I'm more than happy to do a repeat reading.

I'm now on the lookout for more books that encourage actions - any ideas?

I'm linking up with Read With Me hosted by Mama Mummy Mum.


  1. I've not seen this one before. Looks like it can be a real interactive read! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  2. I haven't seen this book but it's one I'm sure my grand-daughter will like. Thanks for sharing

    1. Even my 5 year old enjoyed it so I bet it would appeal to a lot of kids! #readwithme

  3. I've been trying to think of books for little ones that encourage actions but my youngest is nearly 10 and my memory is rubbish I'm afraid! xx

    1. Ha, that's OK, I'm sure I'll track some down - or I'll just invent actions!