A recent visit from my niece and nephew had me rummaging through my 17 year-old's bulging bookshelf for a book to read to them. Wedged between Alison Lester and Mem Fox was The Grumpalump.
The sight of it filled me with memories.
Before my daughter started school, this was her favourite book. She insisted we read and read and re-read it night after night, to the point my husband I could, and probably still can, recite it. Even now we use 'the bear stared' ( a repeated line throughout the story) as part of our family's vocabulary.
So it was like visiting an old friend when I read it to my niece and nephew. I was thrilled to discover I still loved reading it as much as I did all those years ago, and even better, the kids enjoyed it too.
A few days later, I saw a quiz or question, possibly on Facebook - 'What is your favourite book to read aloud?'
For me, it's The Grumpalump, hands down. ...And the gnu flew...
What is your favourite book to read aloud?