Sur­prise me again!

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Sur­prise! Sur­prise! by Niki Daly

Tafel­berg 32 pages R149 at

Ithink this is one of four-year-old Lathi’s favourite books of all time. The morn­ing af­ter I first read it to her, I was greeted by a yell, “Sur­prise!”

I was, in fact, pretty sur­prised, and didn’t know what she was talk­ing about. I thought she wanted to show me some­thing, and she did – the book by Niki Daly that had cap­tured her imag­i­na­tion.

She loves the first two pic­ture pages and de­scrib­ing ex­actly what Pot­ter the pig is do­ing – Pot­ter is play­ing, or draw­ing, or eat­ing ice cream. She likes Pot­ter’s bed­room set-up which is al­most like ours, with a ra­dio on the side draw­ers. She par­tic­u­larly loves the part where Mr Tati wishes on a fall­ing star and then goes shop­ping for a baby for Mrs Tati. Ev­ery time Lathi asks why Mr Tati is in a baby shop, I re­alise that, one day, I will have to tackle the is­sue of where ba­bies come from.

This is a funny book. I know be­cause Lathi al­ways laughs when Pot­ter tries to go to school – imag­ine a pig go­ing to school. She has even learnt that pigs have two toes and fin­gers in­stead of 10.

She re­ally loves the end­ing where Mr and Mrs Tati turn into pigs them­selves. She saves her big­gest laugh for that bit.

Weeks later, she still al­ways asks for Sur­prise! Sur­prise! when it’s read­ing time and she re­mem­bers all the char­ac­ters in the book.


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