These are just a few of the books from this series that have somehow built up to somewhat of a collection in our house. We also have that’s not my snowman and that’s not my plane amongst others. Now let’s be clear from the start, these are not literary classics, they don’t really challenge or educate and they aren’t going to win any prizes.
But if you take Matilda’s opinion on them they would be top of the best seller list. She absolutely loves them, they are one of the first books she’ll pull out of the bag much to my annoyance.
The concept is simple, each page starts with ‘that’s not my…’ and has a picture of that object. Some part of the object then has a fluffy/bumpy/scratchy/shiny (the list goes on) part and this is the reason that it’s not yours. So pretty straightforward really.
6 months ago Matilda would have just reached straight for the part to touch and feel it not really understanding what it was etc.Now she takes in more of the picture, we spot the mouse that is on every page (normally her record is 100% here aside from when she points at a chicken instead) and she turns the pages to the specific one that she wants.
I’d prefer to be reading her something with more of a story or something that was simply more interesting to read. But it is a good place to start and is also quite a good book to read with both Matilda and Henry as right now it has something for both of them.