Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton.
This is a great story for toddlers and pre-schoolers. It has quirky illustrations and a striking colour scheme. Certainly eye catching.
The story follows George who is left home alone and ends up causing havoc because he just can’t help himself!
“George wants to be good. He tries to be good. But he has just seen a cake in the kitchen….What will George do? It’s hard work being good all the time!”
Harris leaves George home alone to do some shopping. George really wants to be good but can’t help eating the cake left in the kitchen, chasing the cat, or digging up the plants. Harris returns to an upside-down house, but George makes it up to him and learns how to say no.
What I love about this book
I love the relatable storyline to this book – whether it be your own pet (or even a cheeky little toddler who can’t resist themselves!). We can all relate to George, where there are good intentions but can’t always be as good as we would like (especially when there’s chocolate cake involved…).
The illustrations are distinctive and I enjoy their sort of hectic nature, which perfectly reflects the storyline.
The repetitive language used in the story is fantastic for little ones who are learing. The open questions are great for creating suspense and getting your toddler/preschooler involved with what might happen next.
What I like in particular, is the open ending. It is a great segway for further discussions with your child after storytime as to whether they think George has really learnt about self-control.
The use of an animal character going through the decision making process, mistakes and learning from the mistakes is a clever way of gently being able to teach children about similar decisions they may need to make in their own lives.
Storytime Tips and Activities
- Get the child to answer the “What will George do?” for each scenario, before a big collective “Oh no, George!” on the next page.
- Discuss whether George will have a go at digging in the rubbish, or he will continue to be good. Discuss why your child may think this. The book has been left open-ended to your own interpretations here.
- Can you relate this to your own pet’s behaviour?
- Take the time to pause on the section where George apologizes to Harris and how they resolve the issue.