I’m trying to revisit C’s library books on a monthly basis, rather than every 6 months. This month, we read 11 library books, and many many more of our own.
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
I hate Pete the Cat, but at least this one didn’t have a song that she made me sing. It’s also a good introduction to math, with a frog eating the cupcakes.
Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
I love Llama Llama, and this is a good one for reminding me that sometimes, when we’re dragging our kids around on errands and they’re so not going for it that it really helps to just level with them that it’s not fun for us either.
Baby Love by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brooke Boynton-Hughes
This is a sweet book and was our choice for Madeline this week. It’s very sweet and well illustrated — probably the best example of the parents appearing as real people rather than just stock “mother”and “father” images.
Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman and K. G. Campbell
This book wasn’t a favourite, but that’s not to say it’s bad. C could definitely relate to the bear doing something she didn’t want to all for the promise of a cookie.
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen and Kelly Murphy
I don’t know about this one. The illustrations were fun, but the story? It was like there were two books smushed into one, and only the first would have been suitable as a winding-down bedtime story.
Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma by Jacky Davis and David Soman
This was cute, and I enjoy that grabbing seasonal/holiday books often introduces you to a new series. Ladybug Girl has to decide on a costume for Halloween, which she ponders as her family going apple picking, on a hay ride and through a corn maze — can you get more quintessential fall?
Scaredy Squirrel Has A Birthday Party by Mélanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel is currently part of the McDonald’s Happy Meal book options, and while the format bugs me, Charlotte liked the original so we went ahead and got another one from the series. I still don’t like the format. Maybe it will be better once C can read herself?
The Scarecrow’s Dance by Jane Yolen and Bagram Ibatoulline
These were beautiful pages with a dancing rhyme. As much as there is an important lesson in it, its a beautiful, calming read. C was slow to warm up to it, but loved it in time.
Olivia and the Haunted Hotel by Jodie Shepherd and Patrick Spaziante
I should know by now to steer clear of any non-Ian Falconer written Olivia books. The ones based on the show are disjointed and poorly written. It’s much easier to jump around from scene to scene in a show than in a book. Hard pass on this one, guys.
Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
For an “adaptation” of the classic kids rhyme, it sure doesn’t wander far from the original. Sure, C loved it, but really? Was this just a lazy attempt at cashing in on a holiday.