Oh my goodness have we been reading! And reading… and reading… and reading some more. The goal for the summer reading program at the public library is 500 minutes. That’s a lot of picture and board books. Yet, one week in and we’ve already reached 250 minutes, so not too shabby. Out of all the many, many, many books we’ve read, here are the top three for the week.
Top pick by Ayla (so much so, I had to re-check it out because she refused to allow it to go back in the library bag to be returned, which also means I’m going to have to find a copy to keep because this book WILL be returned to the library next week):Snog the Frog by Tony Bonning and Rosalind Beardshaw. I thought it was cute the first time around, but it wasn’t my favorite by any stretch of the imagination. Ayla, however, is in love. The repitive Hoppity Hoppity Hoppity Hop phrase apparently is the most exciting thing since the discovery of ice cream and the paintings are wonderfully stimulating with all the fabulous colors. She loves it. We’ve read it and read it and read it. And I’m not tired of it, so I suppose that’s a testament to its admiration in adult-land.
I however, thought The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister by Linda Ravin Lodding quite fabulous. More of a cautionary tale for adults at the amusement of children than just a children’s story book, it was engaging and fun, and had the kid’s best interest at heart. I think its easy for parents these days to over schedule their children’s extra curriculars, and this book clearly helps define the line between living life to the fullest and creating a hot mess of a child’s day to day schedule.
Once Upon a Time, The End is hilarious! Once Upon a Time, Geoffrey Kloske and Barry Blitt wrote a book that appealed to page skipping parents everywhere, condensing all the most frequently told fairy tales to nice little one pagers. Example: “There were some bears; It doesn’t really matter how many. There was a bunch. Let’s get to the point: While they were out, a blond girl ate a bear’s porridge, broke a bear’s chair, and fell asleep in a bear’s bed. When the bears came back, they found her asleep. She woke up, screamed, and ran home so she could sleep in her own bed. Just like you. The End.” The illustrations are fun and the font selections riveting. Ayla loved it, got several dozen stories but still got to turn the pages at her own pace (which is far fast than I can typically read aloud), and everyone was happy. The End.