The writing is on the wall for my daughter and her dummy. I’ve been making a few gentle suggestions that now she’s a big three-year-old, she doesn’t need a dummy. Her look of displeasure is much like that of Marlon the monster up there on the cover of Jill Murphy’s The Last Noo-Noo.
My children have all given up their dummies (or num nums as they are known in our house) without much fuss. Around the time of their third birthday they hand over their dummies to a friend with a new or young baby, because “the new baby needs them more”. A friend recently welcomed baby Hamish into the world. Although my daughter doesn’t know it yet, our next visit to see Hamish will also involve a ‘dummy handing over ceremony’. I’ll pave the way with Jill Murphy’s funny story about giving up the dummy, The Last Noo-Noo.
The Last Noo-Noo is about a little monster named Marlon whose parents decide he is too old for his ‘noo-noo’. Marlon’s mum gathers all the dummies and puts them in the bin but little does she know Marlon has a contingency plan… in fact several contingency plans. From his secret noo-noo supplies all over the house (down the side of the chair, in the toys, in the bread bin, in his shoes – the book is realistic!) Marlon keeps his noo-noo habit going. Gradually the supply dwindles until there is only one left, which Marlon decides to keep with him at all times. Marlon eventually gives up his noo-noo on his terms but plants a ‘noo-noo tree’, “Just in case I change my mind.”
The Last Noo-Noo is available online from The Book Depository for $9.14, with free delivery.
Other books about giving away the dummy include No More Dummy for Piggy by Bernette Ford and Little Princess: I Want My Dummy! by Tony Ross. If you have a thumb-sucker as opposed to a dummy sucker, check out our previous post on The Little Bear Who Sucked His Thumb.