Friday, 12 February 2016

Dragon Jelly by Claire Freedman and Sue Hendra

It's been a long time since I last blogged. Everything feels like it's been going at full pelt! But we've got such a favourite book at the moment that I thought it was worth breaking out of my silence and writing about it.

It's called Dragon Jelly by Claire Freedman and Sue Hendra and is a total hit with my three year old. It's one of those deliberately-designed-to-be-disgusting books that has me gagging as I read it.

It's very simple and have a plot as such, it's a monster's birthday party and goes through the traditional birthday fun but with yucky twists. The pass the parcel is full of worms - ugh! The party tea is creepy crawly delicious and the cake is squidgy eyeballs and earwax candles.

I have to be honest, and maybe I'm some kind of delicate flower, after one reading I really wasn't keen to do another due to the stomach turning I was experiencing! But my three year old loves it so much and is currently demanding it around three times a day! So I've got past all that and we're just enjoying the endless rereading that it brings!

It's got a great rhyming text, from Claire Freedman of Aliens Love Underpants fame and fabulous illustrations from Sue Hendra of Barry the Fish with Fingers fame. Another big plus point, which I've only just discovered is that it has a free downloadable activity pack available on the Bloomsbury Books website.


  1. Hi Ruth! I just thought I would let you know that I logged on to get some inspiration for a gift (for my four yr old cousin) and ended up reading almost your entire blog (Joel had a good nap today!). It was a bit odd reading backwards (If only I had spotted the blog archive box and started at the beginning!) but it was lovely to see so many of Megan's favourites pop up and remember how much she loved them at the time and I've also noted down a few of the more recent ones to look out for in the library. I chuckled at your description of how exhausting Rosie's imaginative play can be - we've fairly recently entered that phase full on and I seem to be a constant disappointment, I just can't keep up with all the instructions! Anyhoo, thank you, I enjoyed that greatly!
    (p.s. please don't be offended that I haven't read your blog more often - I'm quite a technophobe and don't read any blogs! I really only use my laptop to do photo-related stuff. Going paper-light (we will never be paper-free at the hospital I'm sure) at work is going to blow my mind!! Bethan

  2. Oh, and did you ever get 'Where's my cupcake?'? It was the first game Megan really got in to. We must have played it hundreds of times and it is a favourite of mine for age 3 birthday presents!