I am happy to report that the reign of The Gingerbread Man is over.
Just in time, too. After weeks of reading - "Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" - over and over and OVER again, I had started dreaming of having to chase a giant gingerbread man.
In my dream (or is it nightmare?), I'm huffing and puffing on some sort of a treadmill, and this huge gingerbread man, with his beady button eyes and a mocking painted-on smile is just out of my reach. It is apparently very important that I catch him, but of course, I never do. And throughout the dream, an irritatingly high pitched voice (surely I don't sound like that?!) keeps saying, "Run, run as fast as you can.."
Um, anybody care to try a Freudian analysis of that? :-)
But wait, don't break out the strait jackets yet - Moppet has finally transferred her affections to two new titles, which are thankfully far more (re)readable than the GB Man.
The top book of the moment is Dr Seuss's The Shape of Me and Other Stuff - it's fun to read, and the illustrations, done in silhouette, are eye-catching. It has so many fun and weird shapes that she enjoys pointing out - including a 'Blogg' which, by the way, is nothing like you would imagine.
The other book that she enjoys is Just Like My Dad, by David Melling - a cute and simple story about a lion cub and his goofy yet lovable Dad. It's short, funny, and the pictures are delightful. My favourite line in the book is spoken by the lion cub: "And when I lie around being lazy, my mum says, 'You're just like your dad!'"
I figure if I read it often enough, either Moppet will get the message and be a little more lazy, or her dad will and be a little less lazy. Either will work just fine for me! :-)
But should neither miracle come to pass, I will still be happy - at least I don't need to chase that giant gingerbread man anymore.