I’ve mentioned in a post before how little T likes watching YouTube videos on the iPad of children (mostly American kids) play with their dolls (Elsia and Anya). She has also recently discovered “How to draw” tutorials on YouTube and now she’s hooked.
You’ll see her hunched over with her coloured pens, pencils and drawing-pad with her headphones on and in sheer concentration as she glances at the video and back on her work as seen below:
And if you dare disturb her she’ll say “I’m busy mum!”.
She mostly likes to draw Coraline, her favourite character from the movie/book written by Neil Gaiman. Her dad recently bought her the special hard-cover edition complete with slipcase, illustrated by Chris Riddell (cartoonist for the Observer) who also happens to be one of her favourite authors who wrote the Goth Girl books, and Ottoline and the Yellow cat among others. Going back to little T’s new book, imagine our surprise when we opened it and found Neil Gaiman’s signature and also that of Chris Riddell. Definitely one to keep, although I doubt if it will be of good value in the future, since T likes to read it in bed again and again. In a few years time, it will be dogeared. I’m surprised this story doesn’t give her nightmares.
Her reading has also improved so much and she now prefers books way ahead of her age (she’s five). They are mostly books with chapters and with little illustrations. Of course there are words she can’t read and would often ask our help, but she’s getting on really well. I’m just hoping this love for books isn’t just a phase and that she won’t outgrow it.
We can now leave her reading in bed, although if it’s a school night we have to constantly give her the ten minute warning before we give her the stern “Go to sleep. No more reading please”.
Do you have little ones?
What kind of books do they like to read?
Or what’s your favourite children’s book?