‘Is it bedtime Wibbly Pig?’ by Mick Inkpen was one of LJ’s absolute favourite bedtime reads when he was about 15 to 18 months old. He will perhaps go back to it one day but very adamantly went off it one day and has ignored it since. THANK GOODNESS…I was developing a stress related twitch every time it was picked up…
Synopsis: There’s this Pig. He’s called Wibbly Pig. He is quite sweet but obviously fancies himself as a bit of a comedian. On each page a series of bedtime related questions are posed to young Wibbles. The first one ‘is it bedtime Wibbly Pig?’ being the most vague…they then become ever more desperate direct: ‘are you brushing your teeth, Wibbly Pig?’… ‘shall we close the curtains, Wibbly Pig?’… ‘why won’t you just hurry up and GO TO SLEEP, Wibbly Pig?’. Ok I made the last one up. Eventually the darling Pig konks out while we are still talking to him. (Rude)
Why it was a favourite: Ahhh I did mention that Wibbly is quite sweet didn’t I! ? It’s quite an amusing book as well, definitely observant of a toddler going slowly to bed. It is simply drawn and recognisable to a little’un as well.
It also follows a routine from start to end with climbing the stairs, bathtime, storytime, teeth cleaning, lights off etc. So that’s helpful if you have a similar routine (which we do) or are trying to implement one. There’s also an appealing rhythm formed with the repetition of the questions and answers.
Why I’m glad we don’t read it anymore: I just couldn’t help but feel that I was reading LJ a manual on how to be really annoying at bedtime. I’m so relieved that he abandoned it before now when he actually has started stalling. It’s quite funny and sweet when he does it at the moment but I wonder if it would be so sweet if he implemented Wibbly Pig’s strategy for any length of time.
My other main issue with ‘Wibbly Pig’ is that it repeats the word ‘No’ on almost every page. When I started reading it to LJ we used to replace ‘no’ with more positive alternatives such as ‘nearly’ or ‘well almost’ or just a non-committal noise. Eventually though the ‘no’s crept in and LJ delivered his first resounding ‘no’ while reading Wibbly Pig. Sigh. While I think ‘no’ is an extraordinarily useful word to both understand and use as we get older, it seems a strange one to overuse in a toddler’s bedtime book…
Conclusion: Entertaining for my younger LJ but I’m unsurprised that he’s not interested in it now. There’s just not enough in it to hold his 2 year old attention or fire his imagination so really it had quite a short, if overall enjoyable, lifespan for us. Happy memories definitely…I would pass it on to someone or suggest they borrow it from a library but perhaps not one to invest in for the longterm.