The Best of Our Bookshelf….

Firstly – thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on my last post where I introduced this new series ‘The Best of Our Bookshelf‘.

 I was so moved, overwhelmed and happy that I was able to introduce some of you to a book you’d not come across before, Julia Donaldson’s ‘Sharing A Shell’, (read the review here); and I will also let you all know that since your comments, you have inspired me too, as I had to pop out to the shops just the other day to purchase another one you all seemed to thoroughly recommend!  But more of that one another day perhaps πŸ˜‰ …….

But now swiftly on to book number two!

And personally, this is one of my very own favourites.

I believe we never actually bought this book ourselves as I think it came from the Bookstart Club. So perhaps, if you have children around the same age as mine, maybe this is one you were given also?

To be honest, it is probably a book I may never have picked up from a book store shelf myself.


I don’t actually know. I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

All I do know is that I’m just so pleased that we received this lovely book by other means as it really has featured quite prominently in very many of our bedtime routines!

It’s called ‘There’s an Ouch in My Pouch!’ by  Jeanne Willis and Garry Parsons

Ouch In My Pouch

This is the tale of a little joey named Willoughby Wallaby.

It tells of how he isn’t happy in his mummy’s pouch anymore as he’s finding it uncomfortable, and as a result, hops off around the Outback to find a new pouch to rest in.

Along his journey he encounters other typically and well-loved Australian animals, some more friendly than others shall we say!


Again, it is a rhyming book, and I absolutely LOVE to read this one aloud to my little girls (or whomever else will listen to me!) as I find the rhyme just rolls off the tongue so easily.

And I’m also afraid to admit that I do tend to add a bit of an Australian twang as I do so, but I really find I can’t help it!

One thing’s for sure though – the girls absolutely love it!!

I have found it gives more personality to each of the characters you meet along the way, telling the tale with more drama and storytelling excitement!!

As with the previous book, this story has a little lesson to be learnt behind the tale itself, which can help children to ‘stand on their own two feet’.  It helps them realise that they too can do things for themselves and it’s not perhaps as scary as they might think to do so!

I mean – if little Willoughby can do it – then why can’t they!

This has been a book which I’ve picked from our bookshelf time and time again, and quite honestly I know I’ll never become tired or bored of it.  I just hope the girls don’t get tired of listening to me!!


Is there a particular book which you have read time and time again to your little ones??

love steph

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  1. 8th March 2015 / 12:45 pm

    One book I have read time and time again over the last 13 years is ‘Kiss Goodnight Sam’ we have it in Welsh and English and in big and small versions, it really has been a firm favourite with all my children.Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars

  2. 7th March 2015 / 10:45 am

    I havent read this one- will have to order it. Such a great idea for a series x

  3. 2nd March 2015 / 9:03 pm

    This looks lovely and I have never heard of, the illustrations looks great and certainly sounds like something my boys would enjoy! What a great book from Bookstart too, loving this little series! We have so many favourtie bedtime reads, at the moment it is Never Tickle a Tiger but always a classic is Shift McGifty and Slippery Sam πŸ™‚ xx

    • 8th March 2015 / 4:30 pm

      Ooooh interesting! I nearly bought never tickle a tiger for the holiday. Will have to get it when we get home. Xxx

  4. 1st March 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Steph that looks lie such a lovely book so colourful and visual x

  5. 1st March 2015 / 8:39 pm

    OOh I don’t know this one at all. I love getting new book recommendations, will go and see about getting this one.

  6. 1st March 2015 / 7:54 pm

    love this book. We have borrowed this from our library a good number of times. My children adore it
    thanks for linking to #weekendbookclub x

  7. 1st March 2015 / 3:44 pm

    We got There is an Ouch in My Pouch from the library the other week and I thought it was so cute and would be a perfect book for introducing the idea of a new baby to your older children!
    Would you be interested in adding this to the #weekendbookclub at

    • 18th March 2015 / 7:22 am

      It’s so lovely isn’t it – and yes – it really would be a good introduction to a new sibling wouldn’t it!! I would certainly link to the weekend book club – but I’m on holiday at the mo in South Africa – and I must say – wifi is a little more temperamental than I thought it would be!!

    • 29th May 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m so sorry for the late reply – things have been pretty rotten in our household for these past few months and I’ve had to let blogging take a back seat, as family needed to come first. But I plan to get back in the game now and back with my bookshelf series – so I will most definitely link up with you soon. Thanks so much. Steph xxx

  8. 1st March 2015 / 11:34 am

    I’ve never read any of these, but they look lovely. I am always looking out for new reads and things to get the twins interested in reading. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Jess x

  9. 1st March 2015 / 12:16 am

    This sounds like a great book! And what beautiful illustrations too. I think we will have to give this one a try πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  10. 28th February 2015 / 9:30 pm

    This looks like it’s lots of fun to read! One to rememberfor the bookshelf xxx

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:11 pm

      Its really such a great book. One of my personal faves!! Sorry for the late response my lovely – just trying to get myself back into this blogging game!! Steph xxx

  11. 27th February 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Ah Steph, I’ve never read this one but I think Harley would love him. For the last 7 nights we have been reading Dougal Digger! He bloomin loves diggers! He can recite it all now! X #PoCoLo

  12. 27th February 2015 / 2:47 pm

    What a superb idea for a series hun!! I started reading to the girls fairly early on and now at 18 months they LOVE it!! I have built a library for them and can’t wait to discover new books! Love the sound of this one and the illustrations are gorgeous! xxx

  13. 27th February 2015 / 1:03 pm

    We have this book and it’s long been one of my favourites. Very much in a similar vein to Julia Donaldson, it has a lovely bouncy rhythm (appropriately!) and it’s lots of fun.

  14. 27th February 2015 / 12:37 pm

    This is lovely, I’ve never see this book but I would buy it for my two. Our favourites are generally the Julia Donaldson ones, any Mr Men or the old fashioned ladybird books which I have quite a collection of! X

  15. 27th February 2015 / 10:33 am

    This looks a really cute and lovely story. Thanks for sharing.


  16. 27th February 2015 / 7:34 am

    We love so many of Jeanne Willis’ stories but we don’t know this one. Will look out for it πŸ™‚


  17. 27th February 2015 / 7:11 am

    I absolutely adore this book! We got it free in a Book start bag a few years back and it’s been a firm fave in our house ever since. I might know all the words off by heart πŸ˜‰ #PoCoLo

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:14 pm

      It really is fabulous isn’t it!! Such a fun read! Thank you so much for your comment and huge apologies for the late reply – I’m afraid I’m only just getting back into the blogging thing after a rough few months in the Midlife Mummy household. Thanks again. Steph xxx

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