4 great reads for little ones


Ladybird Bedtime Tales for Children,
Penguin Books, R135

The Story:
This is a compendium of eight children’s classics, but it’s not quite the run-of-the-mill mix you often find in a collection. There’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Rumpelstiltskin, The Enormous Turnip, Heidi, Chicken Licken, Rapunzel, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Wizard of Oz. Each of the stories has a different moral underpinning it – the values of kindness, charity and considering other people run as a theme through the book.
Why we like it: 
The great thing about the variety of stories is that there is one that every child will adore. The pages are all beautifully illustrated and the sturdy hard cover means that even with repeated readings, this book’s going to stay in good shape.

My Monster Mayhem
By Anita Pouroulis, illustrated by Sholto Walker,
Digital Leaf, R62.23

The Story:
This fantastic story explains why, although her mom moans at her, our little heroine is just trying to keep the monsters in her house at bay. It rhymes beautifully, which makes it a treat to read out loud, and the illustrations are hilarious.
Why we like it:
If you look really carefully in the pictures, you might just spot the monsters hidden in the pictures – a fun game to play with your little one once you’ve read the story.

Squacky Is Afraid of the Dark
By Jim Henson’s Pajanimals
Running Press Kids R59,35

The Story:
Squacky is afraid to go to sleep in the dark. Luckily, the rest of the Pajanimals know just what to do! They travel to The Night Sky where the Moon reminds him that he is always shining bright and watching over the Pajanimals.
Why we like:
This book makes a great addition to any family’s bedtime routine and will help your kid overcome her fear for the dark.

Morty and the Selfish Elf
By Claudia Eicker-Harri, R65

The story:
Morty and the Selfish Elf is a tale of friendship, forgiveness and inner beauty. Sometimes it takes an unexpected act of kindness from an unlikely source to make someone realise that true beauty comes from within. This is what happens when Morty, a not-very mean monster, meets a very pretty, but very selfish elf. Morty teaches the elf that all pretty creatures aren’t necessarily good and all ugly ones aren’t bad.
Why we like it:
The story teaches children that in any day and age where beauty has almost become an obsession, it is inner beauty that really matter.

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