Did I ever mention that our daughter is more the active kind of girl? I’m sure I did. She loves interactive books she can “read” herself and take part in – like shouting out “This is not a hippopotamus!!!” while reading her newest Gecko Press read. As a mother, I love interactive books, too. Nothing makes me happier if books really engage Finja and she starts to be an independent reader even before she can actually read…
On our visit to Germany two years ago we discovered “Nur noch kurz die Ohren kraulen” by German author Jörg Mühle. The sweet book about a cute little bunny and his bedtime routine soon became one of our favorite books. Because, let’s be honest – there are not a lot of really good bedtime books out there that are clever, interactive and calming. Plus: Bunnies just are cute… So I wasn’t surprised when Jörg Mühle’s book was soon brought to the English book market by Gecko Press! The name: “Tickle my ears”.
The little rabbit is a bit like our Finja: It’s getting late and bunny is tired, but he still wants his usual bedtime ritual: After he changed in his nighties he wants his pillow to be fluffy and needs a gentle tickle behind his ears. Jörg Mühle has a way to engage children: They have to clap their hands to convince the little bunny to change in his pajamas. They tickle his ears and stroke his back to calm him, pull the covers high, give him a gentle goodnight kiss and finally turn off the lights. Parents can integrate rabbit’s bedtime routine in their own: They can rub their child’s back and kiss their kid goodnight just as their kid “tucks” little rabbit in.
The artwork by the author is just wonderful. Little rabbit is so sweet and cute, you just want to cuddle him, tickle his ears – and give him a sweet goodnight kiss.
We read “Tickle my ears” side by side with the German version “Nur noch kurz die Ohren kraulen”. I was glad to see that the English version is the exact translation of the German book. Finja loved both – no surprise here! And as “Tickle my ears” is one of the few books that really calm her down at bedtime we love it, too!
“Tickle my ears”
written and illustrated by Jörg Mühle
Board book: 20 pages
Publisher: Gecko Press; Brdbk edition (August 1, 2016)