-- and oh, yes, a half hour after bedtime, Anand came and climbed into our bed because the pirate from the story was giving him bad dreams, and I told him there were no pirates around and he said they might be on the ocean in their ships, and I said we were very far away from the ocean, but that was entirely unconvincing, and then I tried saying that if a pirate showed up, then Ellie would eat it, the way Custard ate the pirate in the book, but Anand wasn't having any of that, so instead we snuggled for a while, until he got sleepy. Which was ALL way more than I anticipated from a book I had vague memories of liking as a kid. Parents of littles, consider yourself warmed.
Belinda was as brave as a barrel full of bears,
Ink and Blink chased lions down the stairs,
Mustard was as brave as a tiger in a rage,
But Custard cried for a nice safe cage.
(Oh, and also, Belinda, Ink, Blink, and Mustard are really quite mean to Custard before the pirate shows up, and my kids were a bit distressed by that. They do not approve of tickling someone after he says no.)