Archive for December, 2010

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

We are spending the holidays with my brother’s family and they had picked this book up from the library. From the first time I read it to my daughter she cracked up. We read it 5 times before I had to go make lunch and then she went to ask daddy to read it again.

It’s about a bug leading you through a game of pretend that there is a bug stuck on your nose, then in your mouth, then in shirt and all the silly things you have to do to try and get rid of it.  That includes wriggling your nose, doing the chicken dance, making scary faces and other silly things.  My daughter had so much fun acting out each activity that she was practically falling over laughing.  It was such a fun, interactive book that I highly recommend it to anyone with kids old enough to follow simple directions.

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Bless You, Santa! by Julie Sykes

Daughter’s age when read:3  years old

It’s Christmas eve and Santa’s caught a cold.  How will he ever get the toys done in time?  Luckily Santa’s cat, mouse reindeer and other animal friends put Santa in bed to recuperate and they all pitch in to make the rest of the toys.

If you are looking for a cute holiday book that will bring on the giggles then pick this one up.  My daughter apparently has a thing for sneezing characters and finds them hilarious (like in Mo Willems’ Pigs Make Me Sneeze).  She refers to this book as the Santa has the sneezes book.  The story line is very basic but the illustrations are wonderful.  Each page shows a different sneeze of what happens when Santa sneezes.  Balls fall over, stars go flying and rockets tip over.  In the end all of Santa’s helpers complete the toys and Santa is feeling better by Christmas and is able to deliver the toys around the world.  Unfortunately though the sneezes has been passed on to his friends.  The last sneeze of the book ends up with everyone covered in snow.  This is by far my daughter’s favorite page in the story as she tries to find all the animals in the snow.

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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

My daughter is a huge fan of Willems’ Piggie and Gerald books for I was eager to try out his other books.  His Sheep the Sheep books were too young for Kaitlyn and she did not really get into those and the Pigeon books just left her silent but this Knuffle Bunny book was a huge hit.  Daddy brought little brother, 5 months old, to bed and we all read this one together.  Trixie isn’t old enough to talk yet when she goes with her daddy on a trip to the laundromat.  While helping him to load the dirty clothes in the washer her stuffed Knuffle Bunny accidentally gets left behind.  She frantically tries to tell her daddy but he doesn’t understand her gibberish.  In the end Knuffle Bunny is rescued safe and sound.

Kaitlyn cracked up when Trixie tried to babble to her daddy what was wrong and that made me laugh too because obviously we have gone through the same thing when my daughter was little.  I don’t know if it was the pictures, my reading or hearing his sister crack up but even our 5 month old was laughing up a storm during this book.  I was surprised to see even my husband craning his neck to see around our daughter to look at the illustrations and what was going to happen next.  My daughter has relegated this book to the group of “funny books” that she often refers to when she wants to read something.

If you are looked for a book with illustrations, humor and that will amuse the entire family you should pick this one up.

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Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years read

I’ve heard a lot about this series and we read Purplicious and Goldlicious but my daughter did not really get into them.  So when Pinkalicious came in at the library for us I did not have high expectations but boy was I surprised.  My daughter loved it and found it hilarious.  She refers to it as one of “the funny books” and wants to read it every night.

It’s about a little girl who loves pink. She and her mom make a batch of pink cupcakes and she keeps eating them and wakes up the next day pink all over.  At first she is excited but after eating one too many cupcakes she ends up turning red. She does not like red and quickly embraces the remedy of eating as many green foods as she can to return to her normal self. She realizes after all this that she is beautiful just as she is.

I thought it was a cute story and thankfully my daughter is not one of those who loves cupcakes but she does love her green veggies but if you have a child with a sweet tooth I think this is a great story about moderation.  The illustrations are very whimsical and I think young girls will enjoy just looking through the pages as well as listening to the story.

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Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This was a fun and cute book to read. It’s part of a series of books that follows mouse through his first day of school, first fall, first day of snow, etc.  So far this has been my daughter’s favorite in the series. Mouse and Minka go out on a Fall day and have all sorts of fun with the Fall leaves.  They stack them up, jump in them, play hide and seek and more.  My daughter has this thing about leaves. She loves to pick them up,compare the shapes with each other, carry them around and give them as gifts to everyone.  Yes, if we come across you after being outside for awhile more than likely she will have a leaf to show you.  So not surprisingly she was engrossed by each page and each activity Mouse and Minka take part in. Of course it also leads to the questions like why do the leaves fall from the trees, why are the leaves all different colors…You know how it is with 3 year olds so be prepared to come up with some good answers.  This is definitely a series I would recommend checking out if you haven’t already.

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