Library Hits – 9/12/2011

This week’s library returns and and what we thought of them.

Top of the Pile

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Buy
Monkey loved this book.  Granted, it was his first experience with books with chapters, and it took a long time to convince him that one section of the book counted as one story, rather than the entire book.  But the stories are lovely, and just out of Monkey’s easy reading range.

You’re Mean, Lily Jean!  by Frieda Wishinski
Buy
An unexpected favorite of the week.  I loved the illustrations, and the understated, easily resolved story of avoiding bullying, bossy playmates.  Sandy’s solution worked well with the playful ethos of the Busby family.

The Stacks

The Old Woman and the Rice Thief by Betsy Bang
Terrible
Granted that this folk tale is from another culture, but really?  It was totally odd and made little sense.

The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
Check-out
This book was read at least twice a day for about a week, so it’s an understatement to say Monkey liked it.  However, I wasn’t as much of a fan, especially since the ending seemed really rushed.  It’s an Eskimo cultured version of Goldilocks, in case you were wondering.

Al Pha’s Bet  by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Obnoxious
I’ve read my share of alphabet books, and this is not a good one.  It’s supposed to be the story of how the alphabet got in order, but the order is arbitrary and not cute or memorable.  Blegh.

ABC Apple Pie by Alison Murray
Check-out
Now this is what I call an alphabet book.  Simple, clever alphabet words, with not too many stretches.  And for a bonus, it has a compelling plot, which is rare in alphabet books.

Tap Tap Bang Bang  by Emma Garcia
Buy
Garcia’s books are very memorable and some of Monkey’s favorites.  Every time he sees one on the shelf, he checks it out.  Overall, this one is my least favorite, simply because there are so many sound words and Monkey insists we read them all each time they appear.  I prefer Honk Honk Beep Beep or Tip Tip Dig Dig.

The Bunnies are not in their Beds  by Marisabina Russo
Check-out
I can’t whole-heartedly recommend this book.  Although it’s funny and cute, something strikes me wrong about the ending of the bunnies getting out of bed and playing when Mom and Dad go to sleep.  Just not the idea I want to put into my kids’ heads.

Rating Scale

In homage to Harry Potter, our rating scale contains no simple numbers, but is useful nonetheless, and largely self-explanatory:
Awesome
Buy
Check-out
Filler
Obnoxious
Terrible

Disclaimer: These reviews are not intended to be a review of the overall quality of any picture book, but are totally biased and based on their suitability for this mom and her two children reading together.  Your mileage may vary based on your children’s maturity, attention span, and interests.

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