Friday, 30 April 2010
If you have a toddler, you will know Nick Sharratt the author and/or illustrator of books including Pants, Octopus Socktopus and the Daisy series. I seem to be building a library upstairs in T's bedroom, albeit one with sagging overstuffed shelves, and Nick is one of our favourites. I love the fact that his drawings appear so simple with their bright colours and strong lines but tell a fantastic, funny story, full of quirky extra details. That's why he's a gazillionaire* and my son's New Best Friend. I'm sorry Julia, it's been nice knowing you but there's a new kid in the bedroom** and we're reading him Every Single Night.
Nick's books are instantly recognisable, which sadly to my two and a half year old, means interchangeable. This week he picked up You Choose (a fabulous book, perfect for keeping toddlers entertained when out and about because there's lots to look at, we always take ours when we're going out for dinner as a perfect 'waiting for the food' activity) and cleared his throat.
'More Pants ... illushhtrated by Nick Sharratt'
'No darling, that's You Choose'
(oblivious) 'Red pants, green pants, yellow submarine pants'
'No darling look, that's You Choose, that's the page where you decide where you'd like to live, I'd like to live in that little lighthouse, what about you?'
(ignoring me now, turns page crossly, voice gets louder) 'Dancing with the Queen pants, la, la, la'
'No darling look, this is More Pants' (holding up the book)
(death stare) 'yummy pants, mummy pants, sucking on your thumby pants, tickling your tummy pants and a matching bwwwaaa'***
I gave up. He flipped the pages of one book, pausing occasionally to give me his 'I'm right' look and recited a completely different story from start to finish. Who am I to argue with a boy who really, really loves his books?
*An estimation on my count, no idea what he's really worth.
** Nick has actually illustrated a few of Julia's stories, One Mole Digging a Hole and Toddle Waddle are amongst the ones we have.
***Poor child has a small issue with his r's.