Arrrgghhh what to do about this one oh knowledgable ones?! I am absolutely sick of reading the very hungry bloody caterpillar! It has been demanded every single night for a year now and there is no swerving it. That little green tike is doing my head in, I can’t miss a word otherwise we have to start again, fingers have to follow his journey through all the holes in the food and if we miss one, same deal. Much as I know it off by heart I’ve been instructed to sit beside the bed and point out every word I’m reading until we get to the part where she can list off all the food that greedy little bug eats in one day. It’s not as if I haven’t offered anything else, the one about a monkey is very entertaining and I’ll even do different voices, but no. 
The rabbit trying to go to sleep is an average story, but lifting flaps to see what’s behind is fun right, but no.
I’ve literally been pleading to read something else, just once a month, once a week would be a dream. But that girl is steadfast, and I wouldn’t like to be the one to tell her that I’ve thrown it in the bin. 

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  1. Zara
    Zara says:

    Don’t know if it would work but how about getting a HC soft toy or finger puppet and getting “it’ to read another story, following the words as it crawls along? X

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  2. Simon
    Simon says:

    So many happy memories from reading this book to my son. I found it similarly monotonous but I got past it by changing details. Try substituting what the caterpillar ate for something different, like an antelope instead of an apple. Then at the end say that he turned into a bungalow or a banana instead of butterfly… It turned into a game where he was more excited and full of expectant giggles about the silly replacement words than the book itself. Made it so much fun and it’s now a heap of moments that I will remember always. That was about 12 years ago and I can still picture his silly giggling face now, etched forever. Before you know it she’ll be teenaged and welded to a smartphone… much love. x

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