You guys! We made it back from our summer trailer trip, via caves, canyons, abandoned Nevada rail museums, and mountain passes.
Did I manage to get any photos with all five children in the frame and looking at the camera?
Vancouver island to the Grand Canyon, with a happy few days in Zion NP Utah. A proper update on the travels to follow!
But in the meantime, some book recommendations, that kept five children (mostly) happy as we drove for some 6,500km over 12 days.
Good-night, Owl! Pat Hutchins
A beautifully illustrated, funny and forgotten book from my childhood, that I spied in the Zion gift shop whilst trying to convince my children not to spend their holiday money on cuddly birds that make a (loud) bird call when pressed. We walked away with the book and only one noisy bird instead of five so let’s chalk that up as a success.
The David Baddiel back catalogue
My nine year old has been working through all of David Baddiel’s highly entertaining and quietly thought-provoking books.
The Parent Agency, where the central character tries to choose a better set of parents than his own; Animalcolm, about a boy who hates animals and learns what it’s like to become one – and The Person Controller. On order, The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked.
The Babysitters Club, graphic novel style
I still have my dated and patchy collection of late-eighties edition babysitters club books, but they have been repackaged and retold in a graphic novel offering. My seven year old was absolutely engrossed.
Talking of graphic novels, one that Parrot Street bookclub mentioned on instagram –
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
Jacob (9) read and loved this – I haven’t read it but he was still talking about it a week or so later which is always a good sign, and it was definitely different content from his usual favoured books – also a good sign.
One that you’ll likely have already heard of –
The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf
Both our older children (9,7) thought this was a great story – and some pretty important themes – refugees and Syria. You’ll have heard of it already but just adding my voice to the many already suggesting it.
And finally, a good early reader option that Mim(5) enjoys being able to read independently – the Otto series:
The Adventures of Otto
Less about the literature; still about the happy children, these were also big hits:
How to Draw Cool Things, Rachel Goldstein
This was a huge hit with Jacob – usually my most difficult customer when it comes to activity-style books, as he’s getting too old for most of the easy fun sticker/maze type books and most other more challenging puzzle books start to veer towards just being extra maths (he also had a holiday maths book but that was less well-received).
Usborne mosaic stickers
Elsa (7) enjoyed these mosaic stickers. A little more thoughtful than your average sticker book.
I also bought these for Jacob (9) and Elsa (7), given their summer calvin&hobbes / asterix addiction:
There are a number of options out there for blank comic books. This is a good one.
More soon! On how the tiny trailer fared under some extreme holiday pressure. And by tiny trailer I mean me.