It must be a boys and bugs thing
Milo was given a copy of this little pop-up book Look at Insects last weekend by my cousin Jo and her two year old daughter Ivy.
It’s really sweet and simple and Milo adores it. He made his dad read it to him about ten times yesterday and today I had to read it to him several times before his nap. A great sized format for taking with you when out and about too.
We’ve struggled in the past with pop-up books. Milo can be a little, well, enthusiastic. Or destructive – it depends on how you want to look at it! His Elephant Wellyphant book which I love reading to him, is very worse for wear and I don’t often bring it out because it seems to make him all hyper and wriggly and generally quite stressful.
But with Look at Insects we’ve adopted an approach that we use on people, dogs in the park and new babies that he’s introduced to. “Gentle hands please Milo,” “can you show mummy and daddy how good you are at stroking?” And it’s really working. We have tried this before but it’s never quite clicked with him and happily there are no rips in the delicate paper engineering. I am thinking that maybe, just maybe, he is almost ready for his copy of Trains by Robert Crowther that’s been waiting for him. Perhaps we’ll find out on National Non-Fiction Day!