#LittleLoves: Courgetti, Clarks and Colour

How’s your Easter hols going? These #LittleLoves are guaranteed to bring joy amidst the wild swings between bliss, boredom and bedlam!

Read
I Want my Hat Back, Jon Klassen, Walker

A bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? Wait… He HAS seen it!

The little lady has been mad for this book recently. I was quite surprised as I assumed it was one of those arty picture books that parents like more than children. Not so!

She loved

The humour – The surprise ending is dark, sinister even, but my daughter cackled with glee. Perhaps she could relate to the Bear’s red mist? So many picture books are marshmallow soft. It must be a relief to see someone share’s her rage!
The repetition – Catchy rhythm and phrasing.
The hat – What can I say? The girl loves accessories.

I loved

The illustrations – seriously cool. The earthy tones are a nice change from primary colours and pink, pink, pink. I love the visual humour and how the Bear’s facial expression never changes, despite his emotional roller coaster.
The subtlety –  Yes, the story is dark, but Klassen pulls it off without any gore. The crunch is implicit and easy to make light of should you feel the need.
The simplicity – the sparse style allows lots of room for imaginative voices and is great for early readers. Also loving the absence of moral lessons or political-correctness, though there’s plenty to talk about if you want a conversation starter.

Heard



We had an amazing time at ColourScape Musical Festival on Easter Sunday: this labyrinth of air-supported tunnels and chambers uses light, music and colour for a psychedelic effect. To me, it felt like running around inside a bouncy castle. The light and colour really plays with your perception, perspective and emotions. Intense! If you get a chance, go! It’s fab.





Watched

On the recommendation of Man V Pink we ventured into the world of Japanese animation this week. ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ was his recommended ‘gateway drug’ into our next addiction. It’s an amazing family film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki for Studio Ghibli. This story of two sisters who befriend the sprites, spirits and troll-like Totoros of their woodland home captures the wild imagination, curiosity and delight of childhood. Under Miyazaki’s direction, even the everyday becomes fantastical: simple chores like dusting the house and waiting for the bus in the rain become truly spectacular. Enchanting doesn’t cover it.

Made
My husband used to be a chef. He’s now a food buyer. Safe to say, food is a cornerstone in our house. But after an indulgent Easter, we’ve been trying to ‘eat light’ during the week. Inspired by my neighbour- an amazing Food Stylist – we decided to give ‘Courgetti’ a go. Basically, this is just ribbons of courgette blanched or fried and served in place of pasta to cut carbs. Check this out! I’m converted!

Wore
We left a piece of our heart in Bluestone. And one of my son’s shoes. Cue a visit to the shoe shop this week and lots of sharp intakes of breath. Flashing led light soles don’t come cheap! Luckily, my son made a dive for these Clarks corkers. Loving the reasonable price tag, retro styling and bright colours! So cool I couldn’t resist buying a pair for his little sister too.

 
And Finally
I wanted to share my favourite online discovery of the week. Mr Fox Magazine is a great resource for all parents: they put boys up front central, but not in a stereotypical – noise with dirt on it – way. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Scandi Sense’ article, on raising boys in Sweden. If your son likes glitter, pink or dolls go take a peek.

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