I have a confession to make. I bought Richard Scarry’s Funniest Storybook Ever because it pleased me. It wasn’t for my kids; purely for myself.
When I was little, I had one Richard Scarry book which I read over and over again. So much action and activity happen in the pictures that every time you look at it you’d find something new which you hadn’t noticed before. It was my comfort reading as a child, the book I picked up when I tired of reading proper books. I still kick myself for not taking the book with me when I came to London. Anyway, I’m quite certain my mother had long given it away to charity.
So when I found this copy at Border’s several years ago, I simply had to have it. The book is broken up into little short stories: The Talking Bread, Absent-Minded Mr Rabbit, Sergeant Murphy and the Banana Thief, Speedboat Spike, Ma Pig’s New Car, The Three Fisherman, The Accident, Please Move to the back of the bus, Uncle Willie and the Pirates, The Unlucky Day, and Lowly Worm’s Birthday.
Oh yes, and I did check with the son if he liked the book. He gave some kind of non-committal shrug which I took as a ‘yes’. The kids have read the book and still pick it up to have a look-see every now and then, just perhaps not as often as mum.
And this is how the story begins.
Humperdink, the baker, was mixing bread dough with the help of Able Baker Charlie Mouse.
His little girl, Flossie, watched them squish and squash the dough.
After they had kneaded the dough by squishing and squashing, they patted it into loaves of all different shapes and sizes.
Then Humperdink put the uncooked loaves of bread into the hot oven to bake.