We read a lot of books at supper time when it's often just E and me around the table (plus one giant ginger cat at our feet). A friend gave us this book for E's birthday but admittedly I'd had my eye on it for some time. The format is a series of questions accompanied by an array of mouth watering illustrations that let you make up new answers and stories each time you read it.
It's a real work out for the imagination and E took to it from the start. It opens with a question we all may ponder now and again:
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Below this text is a two page spread bursting with landscapes from volcanoes to deserts, to cities to the seaside. There's even a snapshot of outer space for anyone who wants to go to the moon or visit the planets. E tends to alternate between visiting a volcano and Saturn's rings.
I really like the way this book gives the child an active role. E now initiates the questions without any prompting from me and it often leads to a dialog about why we like certain choices. It's rewarding to have your child ask you a question and wait genuinely for your answer. And it's even better when he asks if he can come to the moon with you.