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 […]
Look how tired this Mommy is Tired and frumpy Grouchy chumpy Oh, what a grump! A fun, rhythmic story great for reading aloud to babies, Grump will also delight parents with its dead-on portrayal of an exhausted mother contending with a busy, curious toddler.
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 […]
I am normally wary at best when it comes to new takes on old favourites–particularly nursery rhymes–but in the case of Sylvia Long’s reinterpretation of this classic lullaby, I happily hold up the white flag and surrender.
My monster mama loves me so! Let me tell you how I know. When I wake up, she tweaks my nose, tickles all my pointy toes, combs the cobwebs from my bangs and makes sure that I brush my fangs. Laura Leuck’s My Monster Mama Loves Me So is an engaging little story about the […]
One of the first things many babies learn is the sounds that different animals make: “Doggie says, ‘Ruff, ruff!’ Kitty says, ‘Meow,’” etc. Thus, this story of a little dog who comes out with every sound except the expected one really tickles the toddler sense of humour.