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We love ‘Toddle Waddle’


Happy world book day! Continuing in the spirit of World Book Day I wanted to write a review about the favourite book in our house currently. It’s no secret that Julia Donaldson is a big favourite in our house, but the love of this book has just pushed her popularity to a whole new level. My 18 month old absolutely adores this book. Anytime from 6.30pm if you mention bed, he’s out shaking the stair gate trying to get upstairs and as soon as he gets up he starts saying ‘tada wada’. To the uninitiated this is ‘Toddle Waddle’ by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. His 4 1/2 year old big brother usually reads the book to him.


It starts off  with the toddler ‘toddle’ and the duck ‘waddle’ and from then on every new character introduced makes a new sound. From Mammy’s ‘flip flop’ to the apple eater’s ‘crunch munch’ there is lots of sounds for a toddler to enjoy trying to copy. There is also a page with a train ‘choo choo’ is always popular, and a page that just says ‘bye bye’. We all wave at the book and then it is time for bed.

This is an excellent addition to any toddlers library, and is providing hours of fun in this house anyway. If you’re in Gorey it is available in The Book Station, but should be easily found in any good bookshop. Read with your children today to celebrate world book day!

World Book Day 2013


Today, March 7th 2013 is World Book Day, which is an initiative to get kids reading. Kids in participating schools will get free book tokens. What better way to get kids reading than free stuff 🙂

Giraffes Can’t Dance – one of the 2013 World Book Day books

We in Around Quarter Past Bookclub and our (count them slowly 2+2+2+2+2+2+3++1+1+4 =21) twenty one children (how did that happen!) love to read and we often recommend books to one another that our little ones have loved. Our kids range in age from 9 year old Nathan to brand new Emmet who came to our last meeting at 12 weeks old so there’s a wide variety in the recommended books.

Check out our previous blogposts here about what books our kiddies love:

Our Children’s Favourite Books

Our Children’s Favourite Books Part 2

And some other links that might be of interest to children’s book lovers:

Review of Peppa’s Big Train

The Gruffalo Official Website

Happy World Book Day

Our Childrens’ Favourite Books Part 2


Laura M & Sinéad brought their kids’ favourite books to our November meeting.

Nathan’s Favourites (Aged 9) 


Anything Roald Dahl, just finished Going Solo and is really excited to read the BFG next
Ninja Meerkats series – what boy doesn’t love Ninjas & Meerkats 🙂
Garth Nix – The Seventh Tower series is brilliant.

Leon’s Favourites (Aged 6)

Dinosaur Cove Series – great for bedtime stories.  Exciting with illustrations on every page
Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch – Paul Bright & Michael Terry – All three kids from 2 up to 9 enjoy this one.  This has started a catch phrase in the house Lub-oo Daddy-normous!
Harry and the Dinosaurs and the Bucketful of Stories – Ian Whybrow Adrian Reynolds

Ciarán’s Favourites (Aged 4)

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
Go Tell it to the Toucan – Colin West
Calm Down Boris, Sam Lloyd
Usborne Nativity touchy feely 
The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson

Cathal’s Favourites (Aged 2)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?   Bill Martin Jr

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

That’s not my Puppy

Robyn’s Favourites (Aged 2)

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley – Beautifully illustrated and has proved to be popular with all of the kids.  Sentimental about this one because it was the first book Nathan ever read by himself 🙂

Scaredy Squirrel Series by Melanie Watt.  Love reading these, they make me laugh too 🙂  About a paranoid squirrel who is scared of everything, but it always turns out well in the end.
Sitting Ducks – Michael Bedard.  A charming little story about an alligator who works in a duck factory (hatching eggs to grow ducks to feed the alligators!).  He secretly takes an egg home and makes friends with the duck who starts a duck revolution!  Bought this for me one day in Dubray Books when we were wandering down Shop St. – really bought it for me, but the boys have loved it and now Robyn too 🙂

Felix’s Favourites (7 months)

Anything ‘That’s not my…’ books are brilliant from 3/4 months
Tails – Matthew Van Fleet. Gorgeous touchy feely book great for little ones, boys or girls, sent from family in the States for Leon.  Robyn really loves this one.
Where’s That Fish? – Dan Crisp.  A clever little book with a cut out that makes it look like it the goldfish you’re looking for on the next page but it’s always something else.  But there’s a happy ending.

Our Children’s Favourite Books Part 1


We brought our kids’ favourite books to discuss at book club this month. As not everyone made it to book club we will do it again at November’s meeting.  Here are Orlaith, Oran, Leo, Oscar and Giuseppe’s favourites.

Orlaith’s Favourites

That’s Not my Monster by Fiona Watt

Vtech Peek A Boo


Oran’s Favourites

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

That’s not my tractor by Fiona Watt


Giuseppe & Leo’s Favourites

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

One Ted fell out of Bed by Julia Donaldson

Usbourne Fairy Tales for Little Children

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Oxford Reading Tree First Experiences set

Tales from Acorn Woods by Julia Donaldson

Oscar’s Favourites

Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

The Topsy Turvies by Francesca Simon

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Díolaim Beag