BEDTIME FOR PEPPA – Adapted by Barbara Winthrop

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BOOK REVIEW - By Claudia Elei­box

I’m sure that most of you who are par­ents and feel grown up read­ing the news­pa­per are guilty of pay­ing way more at­ten­tion than you should when your kids are watch­ing Peppa Pig. Whilst babysit­ting I find my­self so en­ter­tained by Peppa’s Bri­tish ac­cent, her fam­ily’s con­tin­u­ous snort­ing and those in­fa­mous muddy pud­dles. I should fur­ther ad­mit that af­ter read­ing ‘Bedtime for Peppa’ I went to find the episode on YouTube and watched it at my desk dur­ing work hours (it’s just about five min­utes long). This Nick Jr. show can’t be de­nied as one of its most suc­cess­ful and prob­a­bly one that would be as long lived as Sponge­bob. Ev­ery­one knows who Peppa Pig is and the var­i­ous vol­umes of snorts needed to com­plete its theme song.

‘Bedtime for Peppa’ is an adap­ta­tion of the episode made into ac­ces­si­ble, pic­ture-book lit­er­a­ture for kids. You might be think­ing: why buy the book if there is al­ready an episode? Well, that is the very rea­son why chil­dren grow up not lik­ing to read. Get the book! Kids may be even more en­gaged while try­ing to pre­dict the story they may have seen be­fore. What bet­ter way to en­cour­age a tiny tot than to use some­thing they al­ready en­joy so much?

‘Bedtime for Peppa’ is the per­fect bedtime story. It goes through the mo­tions of the event­ful process of get­ting Peppa, a typ­i­cal four-year-old, and her brother Ge­orge, to bed. Chil­dren are al­ways most en­er­getic when it’s time for bed and they re­quest to do all sorts of things - like jump­ing in muddy pud­dles and splash­ing in the bath­tub for a few min­utes (or half hours) longer. They also pro­long some of the ac­tiv­i­ties they most detest such as brush­ing their teeth, and if you know Peppa well enough, she has a little sass to add to it all. But, as you can learn from this book, noth­ing is a bet­ter rem­edy for slum­ber than a good bedtime story. Af­ter a witty sug­ges­tion from Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig reads Peppa and Ge­orge one of their favourite sto­ries which has them doz­ing off in no time.

The book’s colourful pictures, just like those from the car­toon, make it use­able for non-bedtime en­ter­tain­ment too. The books are just as catchy as the show and some­thing your little one can use to learn to read as well. This book is avail­able at the bookYard. Visit us to­day or email us at bookyard@stlu­ci­as­ or call the STAR 450-7827 for more de­tails.

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