Every week, I review books I have read with my family. And because, although our kids are digital, it doesn’t mean learning doesn’t happen the old-school way with actual paper books! So I thought, along with the educational apps I’m sharing with all of you, I would also offer books I would personally recommend.
This week, the following books tickled my young readers:
- Look! Another Book! (Look! A Book!) by Bob Staake
- Lulu and the Brontosauruss by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith
Look! Another Book!: The second in the series, Look! Another Book! offers more than 125 thing to seek and find! Die-cuts help children focus in on a detail. Then they can turn the page and take in the jam-packed pictures. We had a great time playing “I Spy” with this book as well as laughing at the hysterical things we could spot. A pirate fishing with a banana? Check. A crab holding a candy cane? Check. A fish reading mail? Check!
JENNY SAYS: Look! Another Book! matches the goofy sense of humor of children and captures their attention and imagination. This book gives them lots of practice being able to hone in on details of a busy page as well as practice and grow their vocabulary. This book offers fun exploration alone or with a grown-up.
Lulu and the Brontosaurus: Lulu’s parents never say no. But when she announces she wants a Brontosaurus for her birthday, Lulu’s parents finally have to put their foot down. Lulu won’t take no for an answer, so she heads off into the forest to get her own Brontosaurus, but the dinosaur has other plans. Of course, there’s a lesson hidden in here for “sweet” Lulu.
As a parent reading these chapter books to my son, it’s easy to get bored. Judith Viorst has a wonderfully dry sense of humor that left my son and I giggling throughout the book. The illustrations by Lane Smith give just the right amount of visual interest without killing the ability to create your own images in your head.
JENNY SAYS: What a wonderful chapter book! We ate up Lulu and the Brontosaurus, laughing and eager to find out what happened next. Chapter books abound for kids, but this one is an absolute winner.
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- The Brontosaurus never existed (npr.org)