Sarah & Duck Book Series
Children’s television is quite divisive, so I’ve come to realise. I’m part of a Whatsapp group where all of us involved are mums (hollah 6am Club!) and we put the world to rights numerous times a day. One thing which is sure to have us all coming from different angles however, is what we can tolerate on the telly box; some of us can sit through a whole episode of Abney & Teal without wondering what on earth they’re even made out of, some of us really enjoy the theme tune to Paw Patrol, some of us really enjoy Bing (that last one’s a lie, every one of us would happily lob that bunny on a hob with sliced up carrot and leek, if only to save Flop from a lifetime of misery) and so on and so forth.
Mention Sarah & Duck though; you’re safe. The stories are imaginative yet warm, the characters likeable and interesting in their simplicity and the whole thing just acts as a complete contrast to the whirlpool of noise you feel you’re often stuck in at 7:15am. It’s like a warm hug when everything else is a hammer to the tired parent-head.
I touched on Sarah & Duck in an Instagram post a few days ago and the responses were very telling; everyone either had a child who loved it, a relative who loved it or they themselves loved it. So the fact brand new episodes are currently being shown on Cbeebies at 5:15pm (as if you didn’t know already) are welcomed with open arms is of no surprise. You may however, be less aware, that there’s also a brand spanking new book series (all of which you can check out here) and that’s what I’m here to waffle on about. We were recently sent a bundle to take a look at ourselves and (thankfully) Milo’s been carrying them round ever since. He now loves snow and asks to ‘outside, snow, garden’ most days which is a bit tricky because y’know, we have none, he’s learned all about the Christmas lights we’ll be decorating the tree with, and after settling down for a few reads of ‘Sarah And Duck Meet The Penguins’ he thinks it’s really funny that eating fish out a bucket is a thing.
If you’re anything like us and parents who set out not to buy anything during a venture in to town only to arrive back home with three books minimum, then I’d encourage you to consider snapping up these Sarah And Duck offerings. They’re not short enough to be a dull read for mum or dad, the illustrations are of course beautiful and they’re a nice way to wind down before bed. Plus, it gives you an excuse to sing the Sarah And Duck theme tune relentlessly and I’d never turn my nose up at that. If you’re someone who doesn’t have children but in need of a gift for a friend’s child/relative then again, these are a great suggestion. It’s a very yes, I know all about what kids like but no, I don’t hate your parents by purchasing really noisy toys or/and Topsy and Tim DVDs kinda gift. The best kinda gift.