I bought There’s a House Inside My Mummy to share with Ben when I was expecting Chloe after it had been recommended to me by a friend. He was probably around 20 months old when we started reading it to him, we must have read it at least three times a week in the run up to Chloe’s birth. I remember thinking it was really cute that Ben thought the characters in the story were us – he used to point and say “Mummy, Daddy, Ben”. It made it easier to relate the story to our own situation for him as well. The book also provided other opportunities to develop his vocabulary as he pointed out the giraffe which he called “raff” and other things in the bright illustrations.
Two years on, having recommended There’s a House Inside My Mummy to many friends on their second pregnancy, I was thrilled to be able to get this book out again to share with Chloe as well this time. Ben really enjoys the rhymes and will join in with different verses at times if I leave a gap for him. Interestingly now if you ask Chloe who each of the characters are she will tell you that they are “Mummy, Daddy and Chloe” – I think they probably do look a bit like each of us really with similar hair colours etc but again it makes it easier for them to relate to the story. I’m not sure how much of it Chloe is taking in but Ben often refers to the story, for example the bit about Mummy being very tired or eating funny things. When I asked Ben if he would like to come to a scan with me I used the terminology from the book of seeing Beak “on the hospital’s tv” which meant he really understood what I was offering and regularly refers to this himself. The book touches on lots of elements of pregnancy providing an opportunity for discussion and explanation – I particularly like the suggestion that we have to be patient while we wait for the new baby to arrive “as his door is rather tight” .
We have several books by the same author – Giraffes Can’t Dance, There’s a Rumble in the Jungle (and I have to admit to having loved his rather more adult work of Purple Ronnie years ago!) This is such a lovely book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wondering how to explain their impending arrival to older siblings!
* I really love There’s a House Inside My Mummy and wanted to share a review with you. I paid for the book myself and have not received any payment for this post. However, this post does contain affiliate links*