Me: So. Who can guess what else is going to be on at Christmas, besides The Snowman and the Snowdog?
Joshua: Tell us.
Me: I’ll give you a clue. It was another Julia Donaldson story. It’s in rhyme. It stars a witch.
Thomas: Room on the Broom!
Daniel: Oh, but I wanted to get it right!
Me: Well, you weren’t quick enough.
Daniel: But I WANTED TO!
Me [fearing a tantrum]: Right. Tell you what. You can guess the other characters. There’s a [does barking noise]…
Me: Right. And - [hops, does 'reddit' noises]
Me: And - [miaows]
Daniel: A cat!
Me: And also – [flaps]
Daniel: A bird!
Me: Right! And lastly…[snorts, roars]
Daniel: [gives blank look]
Me: Come on. [snorting, roaring, flapping, imaginary flames]
Thomas: A dragon!
Joshua: Yeah, a dragon!
Thomas: A dragon! A dragon!
Daniel: [face crumples, screaming fit imminent]
Me: [pouring on water] You do it, then. It’s a…
Me: Go on! It’s a…
Me: [bangs head against wall]