Despite my best efforts Girl (nearly 4) tends towards the girly and loves a princess story. While I subscribe to the view that pretty much any reading with children is good reading, sometimes Rapunzel starts to grate and I get a bit fed up with how generally wet the lead characters are (this was also my problem with Jane Eyre, but that’s another post).
Thankfully she also has a wicked sense of humour and also loves some of the more subversive stories. The ones we have been enjoying recently are by Jon Klassen. I want my hat back and This is not my hat are both clever books with unusual illustrations (which surprisingly, Boy (nearly 2) also enjoys, even though they are not the usual gaudy pictures you see in books for the under-2s). For a laugh read the Amazon reviews on I want my hat back for how not to react to a children’s book!