Chas has bought a new, larger terrarium for Schrödinger the rapidly growing snake... and he's bought a friend for Schrödinger too. On a rainy day like today I pine for a cat on my lap, but we are sticking with pets who don't want to go out for a walk.
The new snake is a feisty little amelanistic corn snake, cream and pink and red. Chas is in love. We're waiting for a good inspired name, so if you have any ideas do tell!
Apart from reptile store forays, we're keeping warm, playing games and reading books.
Two Christmases ago I bought 'Pentago' because it was compact, easy to learn and travel-able. This game rocks! It takes moments to learn, so everyone who visits gets a tutorial and we've had mega neighbourhood tournaments. It's a five-in-a-row game with a twist: with each move, you place a marble and turn a tile. Max is a fiendish strategist and enjoys baffling guests. And I've noticed that many kids end up just playing alone, making marble patterns.
'The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff', based very loosely on the billy-goat story. Great illustrations and cut-out pages! This is an environmentally aware tale with a happy ending- but not for the greedy fishermen!
'Mr Gum' is REALLY bad. He doesn't like chocolate and does his best to make everyone miserable. He's even got awful friends. This chapter book is so funny, it had Max in stitches. Great book for newly confident readers with a weird sense of humour.
The 'Horrible Science' series is truly Horrible. Science with the gloopy bits left in! Books like 'Disgusting Digestion', 'Dangerous Diseases and Microscopic Monsters' and 'The Terrible Truth About Time' introduce kids (and grownups) to chemicals and concepts in a wonderfully slimy way. Funny cartoons, great information.