Wednesday, December 15, 2010
If the title of the book intrigues you, you probably have a small child at home. Or perhaps, your little one loves monsters like my son. Henry and Eve are the main characters who are going through a whiny stage. Their father warns them, if they continue, a monster will come and eat them up. Henry and Eve, of course, do not believe him and continue with their complaints and bad attitudes. Eventually, a monster does capture them and takes them to "the bad side of town." After much arguments between the monster and his wife plus the neighbors, Henry and Eve stop whining and escape. The book ends with the children behaving well, but "to tell you the truth" they still sometimes whine.
I chose this book from the library's new shelf because I hoped to combat my son's new fondness for highly nasal and sometimes deafening conversations while playing to his love of all monsters. When I read it to him word for word, he was intersted in the monsters but ignored the whiny children. When his dad made his own rendition of the story, as he usually does, Bobo was terrified. Instead of the children escaping, they were devoured by the monsters. Needless to say, we had a sleepless night after that ending.
As a whole, this book is better suited for older children who understand the difference between real and make believe. It is understandable to try to associate a consequence with an action, but being eaten by monsters may not be the best one. Most of the reviews of the book agree it has humor better suited for parents rather than children. The illustrations are simple line drawings with little color. The large pages have lots of white space and the text is littered with dialogue.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Construction books are fascinating for 2 and 3-year-olds. They show how everything works. My son (2) is in love with Big Wheels by Anne Rockwell. He is a frequent visiter of construction sites and a relative expert on "BIG TRUCKS." Rockwell uses illustrations to demonstrate the job of each construction vehicle in bright colors. She adds an element of whimsy by using pigs as the people who drive these trucks. The text is simple and is printed on white space left at the bottom of the illustrations.
If you are looking for even more construction books (and if you have a toddler, I know you are) try: Easy street by Rita Gray; Dig, Dig, Digging by Margeret Mayo; or Curious George and the Dump Truck by Margret and H.A. Rey.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For our meeting we will be exploring Pioneer Days. Pilgrims, the West and covered wagons are just some of the topics we will discuss and use in our activities. This is our last meeting before the end of the year, so don't miss out.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The story takes place on October 31st. It shows children dressed up, making Jack-o'-lanterns and trick-or-treating. The real story takes place after all the children have gone to bed. Then, the jack-o'-lanterns get to have their fun. They go to a party on the moon. Everything is safely in place in the morning.
The illustrations are large and detailed, so you can add your own commentary to the sparse narrative. This would be a good book to share with a group of children.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I've noticed quite a few lovely pregnant bellies lately, so I thought I should do a review of a book for introducing a new baby into the home. Most of these types of books are so sweet and wonderous, but Henkes reveals a darker and funnier side to bringing home baby.
Everyone thinks Julius is the baby of the world. Everyone, except Lilly's cousin, Garland. Garland thinks the very same things that Lilly has said throughout the book. So, you would think that Lilly would be overjoyed to have a partner in her baby brother drama club. Oh, no!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The high contrast pictures and small board book form are sure to please babies and toddlers. Learn a few new vocabulary words and get a big laugh with Y is for Yak. Just try saying Yak without laughing...
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Week 1: Garden
Week 2: Lambs
Week 3: Bears
Week 4: All Things Fluffy
Week 5: Rain
Remember to sign up at the Reference Desk for the Wednesday storytimes. All ages are welcome Thursday mornings, and babies and toddlers come for the 11 a.m. slot.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Storytimes also start next week. 2 & 3 year olds will continue to meet Wednesday mornings at 10. 4 & 5 year olds will meet at 11. The whole family can come on Thursday mornings at 10. Bundle up because the cold weather is coming indoors with stories and songs about winter.
Babies and toddlers will have some Mother Goose fun at 11 on Thursdays.