This week’s library returns and and what we thought of them.
Top of the Pile
Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee
I really enjoyed this early reader which won a Geisel Honor in 2010. The Geisel Award is my new favorite award–it’s for best early reader books. The books on that list were meant for kids like Monkey who learn to read early and need more content than picture books and less than a chapter book, but something that’s actually a story since they’re done with boring phonics concepts. So many early readers are hit-over-the-head boring, but everything we’ve read off the Geisel list has been a huge hit. Even if your child isn’t reading, these books are highly readable! Anyway, about the book: a friendship story with some serious emphasis on nature study (one of my new pet homeschooling topics).
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day by Kate McMullen
The first book I’ve ever read about April Fools Day, which meant I had to explain the whole concept to Monkey. Another Geisel book, though not as awesome as Mouse and Mole, still an excellent reading choice.
The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed
Another flashback from my childhood which I discovered while entering the Book Crush list. Didn’t appeal to Georgie as much as it did to me as a girl, but the rainbabies are so adorable, and so is Rayne. I just love the gorgeous pictures in this book.
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
Great book about a girl who wakes up with antlers, but she doesn’t let it get her down. If you haven’t read this classic, do yourself a favor and put it on hold right now.
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach
Very hilarious. A boy accompanies his mom on errands and instead of receiving the various children’s consolation prizes at the bakery, doctor’s office, etc., he gets a free dinosaur with everything! Light-hearted dinosaur tale with spot-on writing. The ending is lacking something, but you can have everything.
In homage to Harry Potter, our rating scale contains no simple numbers, but is useful nonetheless, and largely self-explanatory:
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.