Uh-oh!Bump . . . Bump . . . BUMP! While I certainly understand the rationale behind those board books with a single word or repetitive phrase per page (they are, after all, for babies, and it is important both to introduce vocabulary and to reinforce new concepts), I’m always thrilled to find a board book […]
Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back cracks me up. The story of a bear who has lost his hat and sets off to find it, I Want My Hat Back has a twist that will set kids off in fits of giggles every time you read it.
Donna O’Neeshuck was chased by some cows, And also by mooses and gooses and sows. It happened one day When Donna at play Patted a cow on the head. Anyone who has ever read anything by Bill Grossman, such as My Little Sister Hugged An Ape, knows that they are in for a good dose […]
Dusk’s around us, Night is near. Mama says, “Come snuggle here.” I am not easily impressed by simple bedtime stories. In fact, it seems sometimes that the simplest books are the most difficult to do well, because they require such thoughtfulness when it comes to word and picture in order to avoid trite cliches. I […]
Professor Flugel was building a splendid new bird feeder . . . Little does Professor Flugel know, however, that the splendid new bird feeder of which he is so proud is going to turn his life upside down.
“Elephants don’t watch TV, and they certainly don’t eat chocolate chip cookies.” I’m not a fan of preachy books, or those that revolve around teaching kids a lesson, but I do have a soft spot for a great story that encourages the sort of character traits that reinforce independent thinking, creativity, and imagination. What Elephant? […]
All other considerations aside, the story of Owen the hippopotamus and his adoptive mother/friend Mzee—a 130-year-old giant tortoise—will always be a striking and beautiful one simply because it is both extraordinary and true.
Deep in the northwest territ’ry, Where the woods look down on the western sea And the trappers trap so merrily For the streams are oh so beavery-y . . . This giggle-inducing stanza starts off a story that is sure to have both parents and kids laughing with delight, as 47 beavers outwit egotistical trapper […]
I have no in-depth analysis or pithy commentary for this one—just an enthusiastic recommendation for a book that is buckets of fun. Never Tease a Weasel is a relatively short, extremely silly rhyming book that needs little if any explanation.
“Who?” answered Hilda. “Me? Moo?” When Hilda Mae Heifer gets conked on the head, she wakes up with no memory of what kind of an animal she is or what sort of noise she ought to be making.