The countdown is really on until the new baby arrives - less than two weeks now until our due date! We've been painting the nursery, w...

What's in Your Tummy, Mummy?

Monday, April 03, 2017 BookBairn Blog 12 Comments

The countdown is really on until the new baby arrives - less than two weeks now until our due date! We've been painting the nursery, which is a shared bedroom with BookBairn, and it's no longer pink but Daddy has kindly reinstalled the Favourites Bookshelves so that we can get back to reading asap. And one of the books we've been reading a lot, at BookBairn's request is 'What's in Your Tummy, Mummy?' by Sam Lloyd.

BookBairn just adores this hilarious lift-the-flap book about what's inside Mummy's tummy! It's such a simple book - on the first page Mummy tells the little boy that she is really excited about the surprise inside her tummy and on each subsequent page the Mummy's tummy gets a little bit bigger as happens in real life! Each page also has a lift-the-flap over the Mummy's tummy and the little boy guesses an animal that might be inside his mum's ever-growing tummy. It starts small with a flea, gradually getting bigger and bigger from chimpanzee to a horse until finally he thinks it's so big (almost a whole page spread) that he thinks it's a dinosaur! On the final page the mummy reveals the real secret inside her tummy - a new baby! It's a brilliant pop-up double-page spread that has the mummy shouting "yippee!!" - I know how she feels, I'm much looking forward to having this baby in my arms now too!

BookBairn really loves this story - she enjoys lifting the flaps but her favourite thing is the dinosaur page (though she thinks it's more like a hippo!) and then shouting "Yippeee!' in her absolutely loudest voice. We do then chat about what is actually inside her mummy's tummy because I do have concerns that she might actually think that there is a dinosaur in there (and sometimes I feel like it is!).

The illustrations in this book are typical of Sam Lloyd, if you have read his Boris books you will know that he favours simple cartoon characters with bright bold colours against simple backgrounds allowing the characters to really shine!

The only downside of this book is that it is written in rhyme but, in my opinion, it doesn't quite flow making it a bit stilted to read. BookBairn doesn't seem to care too much as for her the real enjoyment is in the lift-the-flaps. But it makes it a bit clunky to read.

For me, though, as long as BookBairn is enjoying and engaging with stories about having a new baby at this crucial time that's the most important thing!

You have probably noticed that things are slowing down already on the blog as I'm using BookBairn's naptimes to rest instead of writing reviews. I hope you will understand and be patient with me over the next few months as a new baby will definitely keep me busy (as well as BookBairn!). I am still keeping out social media up to date and you can see our latest reads by following us there. (All the links are at the top of this page.)

Happy reading!
Mummy, BookBairn and BookBump xxx

*DISCLAIMER* This book is borrowed from our local library!

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12 comments:

  1. I watched BookBairn with this book and she loved it. Less than 2 weeks to go!!!! Oh boy!!! Exciting times for BookBairn and all her family. However, if it's ok, I think I'll remain the only dinosaur in the family. :-)

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    1. Haha! You're no dinosaur yet Papa! xx

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  2. Bookbairn is going to be a big sister very soon!! 😀 Xxx

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    1. So excited!! Baby Roos won't be the baby of the gang anymore though - I wonder if our wee boy will follow him around in awe the way BookBairn follows Miss Cammie!?!

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  3. BookBairn will be able to read Tickle my Ears to Baby BookBairn :-)

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    1. I hope she will read lots of her books to her baby brother!

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  4. I adore the Boris books, this looks entertaining for any little one, enjoy the rest while you can #readwithme

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    1. Thank you! Resting up this weekend and eating Easter eggs is my main plan! x

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  5. It sounds like a lovely book! You must all be very excited about the new baby. Good luck! I hope everything goes well for you.

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    1. Excited: yes! But also frustrated - just want him to hurry up! xx

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  6. What a great book to share at this very exciting time :)

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully we won't have to wait too much longer to see if it's a dinosaur or not!

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