The Diddle That Dummed by Kes Gray & Fred Blunt

I love picture books which encourage kids to embrace their unique qualities and this new story from Kes Gray and Fred Blunt is one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

Flinty Bo Diddle is a musician and he’s trying to write a a new piece of music to play on his fiddle. He lines up all the musical notes on the page and then starts to play. It’s all going very well until he gets half way through the tune and one little diddle goes dum.

The little diddle apologises for messing up the music but explains that that’s just how he is. He’s a diddle but sometimes he can’t help going dum. 

Exasperated, Flinty scraps his piece of fiddle music and instead tries to write something for the drums. Now the diddle can happily go dum without causing any problems because the rest of the piece is made up of dums. But of course this time he goes diddle!

Can the diddle and the musician come together to create a piece which works for them both?

This is a hilarious story about embracing who you are and having the self confidence to be a little bit different. Reading it aloud is is an absolute joy and the many, many diddles and dums have Ivy in stitches every time. The quirky illustrations are a perfect match for the word play. The funny little musical notes are super cute and have bags of personality!

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Disclosure: The publisher provided us a with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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