Is there anything better than a clean baby, fresh pyjamas, cosy cuddles and bedtime stories? I’ll tell you, not a lot!

So, you remember me saying in my post, if you could be anything…, that I wanted to be a blogger? Well, in my mum’s eyes, the fact that the publisher, Salariya, had been in touch to see if I would like to review two books and keep them, meant I had made it. When I told her, she was literally thrilled.

As was I, to be fair, because the books in question were Old Bear related. Do you remember Old Bear? – I loved the stories and used to have an Old Bear journal, which for the purpose of this blog, I wish I had kept! There’s something extra special about the diary of a 7 year old… Today I went to scool, it was gud but I am not frends wif sara enymor…

Bedtime stories with Old Bear and Friends

The bedtime stories we were sent were “Jolly Snow”, which is a Limited Collectors Edition of an Old Bear classic, no less, and “Ruby, Blue and Blanket” both written and illustrated by Jane Hissey. They arrived in the post all packaged up in extra special Ruby paper. Ruby is the mouse from Ruby, Blue and Blanket.

Gabby didn’t know what was in the package, so she was very excited to rip open the paper to find out what present was awaiting her! And we had a quick read before it really was bedtime!

Bedtime stories - Old Bear

Bedtime stories - Old Bear

Bedtime stories - Old Bear

So, in terms of bedtime stories, Reuben is past flaps on books being mandatory and is starting to entertain longer books with an actual story. Hurrah! My sanity is somewhat starting to be saved. I’ll be honest though, he’s not quite able to sit through the whole of either of the books, but more and more he’ll pull one of them off the shelf and likes to flick through the pages and look at the pictures. So I predict that it won’t be long until he is willing to relax and listen to the stories. Yay!

Jolly Snow is a lovely Christmasy story about a Giraffe, Jolly, who’s never seen snow and so his toy friends try and find things around the house to help Jolly understand what it’s like. The pictures are beautiful and mega nostalgic for me, I want all the toys. There’s also a happy little snowy twist at the end! I wish I was 7 again.

Ruby, Blue and Blanket is brill! It’s a charming story about Ruby not being able to choose what to dress up as. I can relate. I’m also a sucker for a rhyme and this story is all over them. Not only is it a lovely story but the rhymes give the reader a certain amount of pleasure when they get the rhymes out in the right places. It’s like a challenge and given you might be reading this every night for a year, you need that!

In the meantime, Gabby has been attempting to read Reuben some bedtime stories, so I thought I’d share the photos because they look cute, they crack me up and before I know it they’ll be too big for this kind of thing.

Bedtime stories - Old Bear

J-o-l-l-y S-n-o-w Reuben!

Bedtime stories - Old Bear

Describing the front cover

Bedtime Stories - old bear

C’mere I want to read to you!

Bedtime Stories - old bear

That’s better

Bedtime Stories - old bear

I’m off but that still looks interesting

Bedtime Stories - old bear

I’ve got my own

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uh-huh, uh-huh

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I think we’re done

I then read them both to Gabby, keeping Reuben at arms length!