We borrowed this book from the library two years ago when mine were 2 and 5 - it went back again. This time it has stayed - why?
Concentration for the detail, and maturity to understand the Dad-style jokes. May be mine are just slow developers?! Now? My youngest finds the jokes hilarious and my eldest is fascinated by the drawing game at the end.
In Anthony Browne's 'The Shape Game' the whole family go the art gallery, it's mum's suggestion as it's her birthday. Dad would rather be watching the football and older brother George has decided he won't like it either.
"When we got there the place looked really posh.
I felt a bit nervous and even George and Dad were quiet. (At first)."
Mum gets the reader involved by finding relatable elements within classic paintings; the art becomes accessible and meaningful. The 'Dad jokes' get increasingly worthy of loud groans - but seriously, they are on just the right level for the readers!
The ending? Great idea. Mum explains the shape game. Perfect: read the book to your children then they go off and play their own shape game creating their own art with just a pen and paper. Love it!
There are little activities ( spot the difference) within the book, so this isn't a bedtime reader. Instead it's one that is designed to spark interest and imagination. We are keeping it this time!!