Simply Silly

Gail Ellis and I (Tatia Gruenbaum) once watched an online awards ceremony, and one of the judges was author / illustrator Nicholas Allan (The Queen’s Knickers, The Giant’s Loo Roll). He said I love writing books which are simply silly and make the reader laugh. So our theme for February is Simply Silly, and our book of the month is Hello Hot Dog! written by Lily Murray, illustrated by Jarvis and published in 2018 by Frances Lincoln Childrens Books.

Here is a read-aloud by Claire Reilly from Sligo Library as part of their Schools Online Storytime which was set up by Sligo Libraries in conjunction with Childrens Book Festival (2020). Now, if you are thinking, why does the name Jarvis ring a bell … well, you might be thinking of Jarvis Cocker who was very successful with a band called Pulp in the 90s. However, they are not the same person. Have a look at this link and find out more about author / illustrator Jarvis. You might recognise his book Alan’s Big Scary Teeth which won several awards.

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Additional Suggestions

1. The Diddle that Dummed by Kes Gray & Fred Blunt

The Diddle that Dummed by Kes Gray and illustrated by Fred Blunt is perfect for our theme of Simply Silly. This story is filled with ‘hilarious wordplay and silliness’. Here is the link to the publisher’s teaching notes – some great printable activities:

And this blog has a nice idea how to read this book aloud:


2. Egg by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra

Simply Silly and here is a book which has been described as: “A hilarious picture book about a non-conforming Egg”. Apparently this book is not like other books: “This is a book which will stretch your imagination, celebrate difference and fire up your storytelling brain. This is a book with just one word… Egg.”

We hope you and your class will enjoy this book and have a giggle. If you want learn more about it, check this blog post by Sandie Mourão

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