Winnie The Pooh - A.A. Milne image
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my BEDTIME STORIES list.

I have a little boy and love reading to him, so this reading list will cover the classic (and new) children’s stories we’re enjoying together.

My baby son is six months old and as part of his bedtime routine we're reading him stories. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a new love for reading aloud - doing the voices, the dramatic intonation, etc.

I've owned this copy of Winnie The Pooh since I was very young myself - and despite a comfortable familiarity with the characters, Christopher-Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabit, Owl, Kanga and Roo... I found that I wasn't familiar with their specific adventures. I found myself wondering if I'd ever actually read the book before?

I really liked it! I've found myself growing inordinately fond of old Pooh bear, especially when he goes sailing in an upside-down umbrella. Eeyore, oh Eeyore! So happy to put the popped balloon in and out of the honey jar on his birthday! Little Piglet, jumping out of Kanga's pouch to say "ah-hah!" to no effect! They're a wonderful little gang, which is, I suppose, why they're such a famous and beloved little gang.

I found myself throughout, after each little adventure, stopping to say "but where's Tigger? Maybe he turns up in the next adventure." But he never did! We shall have to read more stories and see when he arrives...

Sadly, my wife was not such a big fan. She -*outrage*- thinks Pooh's stories are boring! Despite these nonsense ramblings I've bowed to her demands and the next book we're reading our sprog is her choice, Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood (the first book in The Faraway Tree series). I've already pegged The Wind in the Willows to follow, so it may be some time before we return to Christopher-Robin and friends - but thanks to the great times we had here, I'm determined that we will.

Following Richard's comment that Tigger shows up in the next book, I've added The House at Pooh Corner to my basket for the next time I place an Amazon order =D

After this I read: Goat and Donkey and the Noise Downstairs