Book 4 - Each Peach Pear Plum #100daysofbooks


Day 4, and we went for Each Peach Pear Plum, which combines the idea behind 'where's wally' and a picture book. The text is sweet and rhyming with each page a challenge of spotting the nominated character(s). Probably better for an older child who can have a good time trying to pick apart the lovely illustrations.

Master A's verdict: Likes the three bears, and the ensemble appearance at the end!


  • Title: Each Peach Pear Plum
  • Author/Illustrator: Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Source: Gift from friends
  • Publisher: Puffin

What's on tomorrow? I think ... Where is the Green Sheep?

Book 3 – M is for Metal #100daysofbooks


Day 3, and we cracked into a more ... alternative type of picture book :) M is for Metal is definitely one to appeal to the parents with a tongue-in-cheek take on the alphabet book, complete with nostalgic references to bands from AC/DC to Queen and The Who. It rhymes and despite being the whole alphabet, feels a good length. Ends up at a place that makes it a bedtime book, too.

Master A's verdict: Loves the cartoon-y illustrations.


  • Title: M is for Metal
  • Author/Illustrator: Paul McNeil, Barry Divola
  • Source: Gift from friends
  • Publisher: Love Police

What's on tomorrow? I think ... Each Peach Pear Plum

Book 2 - Room on the Broom #100daysofbooks

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Day 2, and we had an early morning story today. I didn't realise this was an incredibly popular picture book title (it even has its own animated film version), but I can see why - lovely cadence and elegant rhymes, and very onomatopoeic (if that's a word ...). A longer book that takes you on a full story journey, and lots of text on each page so Master A could look at the pictures for a while each turn. Loved the ending!

Master A's verdict: Lots of smiles and laughs at how the words sound in this book. Will probably make it into the popular rotation.


  • Title: Room on the Broom
  • Author/Illustrator: Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler
  • Source: Gift from friends
  • Publisher: Macmillan



What's on tomorrow? I think ... M is for Metal

A Little Project: #100daysofbooks ... and Book #1 - The Very Cranky Bear

My son turns 100 days old today (3.29 months), and as we've read together over the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about books I loved as a kid. I remember childhood reading being equal parts discovery and comfort, even back to picture books. Some stories I've long forgotten, and others I remember vividly - John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat comes to mind. My father read me Black Beauty and made up original stories as well. I loved those times. It's an experience I want to pass on, but can be hard sometimes in the blistering pace of everything else going on. I adore the reading time and want to make a habit of it. So I've decided to embark on a little start-up project - for the next 100 days of his life, I'm going to read a different book each day to my son, and make a record here (I'll be tagging it #100daysofbooks). Sometimes (most times) we'll be reading more books, especially the ones he loves, but I'll just be putting the new one here. When those 100 days are up, we'll be into the time of the year when royalties (if there are some) turn up. I'm incredibly fortunate to make some income from my writing, and have ready access to books to be able to do this project at all. So when hopefully that cheque turns up, I plan on making a donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, who work to raise literacy levels and improve the lives of Indigenous children in remote and isolated areas. Check them out.

For each book I'll provide a little commentary and a photo. Maybe sometimes some thoughts that come from the reading. And if you love reading to your kids, too, I'd love to hear what book you're reading with them today in the comments. So, without further delay ...

Book #1 - The Very Cranky Bear

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My verdict: Seems a fitting kick-off to this project, if you read Nick Bland's bio. This story combines sweet sentiment and pleasing rhyme. I loved it. I could read this one again and again. Lovely big pages and cute illustrations with a dreamy, fuzzy style. Could be a bedtime book, too.

Master A's verdict: Mum did the bear's voice a bit loud the first time (oops). Pays careful attention to the text being read, and to the pictures. Perfect length for attention span. :)


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  • Title: The Very Cranky Bear
  • Author/Illustrator: Nick Bland
  • Source: Gift from friends
  • Publisher: Scholastic