Commonsense Media and The Horn Book are only two of many places parents can go to read children’s book reviews.
Funny kids’ books and audio kids’ books are also available at the library. Sunnyvale Library and other Peninsula Libraries even have an e-Reader petting zoo to encourage library goers, big and small, to think of books in paper and electronic formats. In other words, access to kids’ joke books and other good reads can help a parent keep his or her children’s entertainment budget under $20 per month.
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SmartyGirlEntertainment and SmartyFellaEntertainment selected the following books to review for the month of April. Maybe you’ll choose one or more of these for family fun this April Fool’s Week.
I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael Frith. Besides showing opposites such as night and day, the writer and illustrator combine realistic situations with fantasy events. For instance, readers see a dog chasing a cat in one page and painting a chair in another. It gives grown ups and kids a much needed imagination gymnastics drill.
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Grandma Dragon’s Birthday by Mary Blocksma. What if Little Red Riding Hood were a dragon’s granddaughter? Find out how she gets through the woods with a birthday cake for granny. It might be fun to visit these dragon cake Pinterest boards after this story.
The Pig in the Spigot by Richard Wilbur. It might be surprising to see blue horses drinking tea and the devil in hiking boots but the most unexpected treat of this book is finding sea in nausea. It’ll inspire grown up minds and kids’ brains to go smaller word hunting, daily, in an ocean of text for belly-laughs. Who else likes finding hidden words? Find a word-hunting community!
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? by Theo LeSieg. A fun book of would-you-rather questions.
In the Doghouse by Leslie Kimmelman. Want to hear a new name for a dog snack? Woofy Treats. This fictional brand joins the canon that includes pop culture’s Scooby Snack. A dog steals a popsicle from his human friend Emma and then runs away after being scolded. Why not make a dog-shaped cheese sandwich for a kid’s bento box as a follow up to this tale?
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Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes and Other Tricky Tongue Twisters by Brian C. Cleary. Bright pictures with animals playing tv news anchor, ski equipment burglar, and feline cop will make grown ups laugh harder than the kid audience. Fresh tongue twisters showcased in contemporary situations will resonate with city kids and parents. Grown ups will appreciate the in-the-moment references to produce plazas, places that sell blackened bread, and fee-free tv. Adults are likely to recall these tongue twisters when they select pesticide-free fruit from a certain overpriced produce plaza that sells $8 per pound blackberries. Grown ups might chuckle to themselves thinking of these wittisms when window shopping at yet another artisan bakery. Lastly, when the kids are tucked in you might start referring to digital tv such as Hulu or Crackle as fee-free tv just because it’s fun to say. See who else has this book on his/her reading list on GoodReads.
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The Happy Egg by Ruth Krauss. Can you resist a picture book by the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon? Blue, yellow, black and white illustrations tell a rich story in few words. It might inspire you and your young reader to create your own storyboard in these hues. Books for Toddlers and Mommy Connection pinners mentioned this book on Pinterest.
Dinosaur vs. The Library by Bob Shea. This will unleash you and your young reader’s inner dinosaur. The red thunder-lizard might remind you of another beloved red character, the green-eyed cat Rotten Ralph.
The Children Who Smelled a Rat by Allan Alhberg. Grownups who grew up reading Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories about Wayside School series are likely to enjoy the deliberate interruptions and asides by the storyteller that make a reader feel included on an inside joke. Why wait for Halloween to make a cookies n cream rat? Imagine the pranks you can pull with this Creepy Crawler buffet as the refreshment table at this book reading!
I Want to Play! by Sue Robinson. Young readers are likely to choose this book for the oversized kitten on the cover. Who can blame them? The large kitty with wispy white whiskers on the front cover is a well-done illustration that may remind you of Beatrix Potter’s scientific, dead-on pictures of realistic-looking flora and fauna.
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms selected by Paul Janeczko Does poetry jumpstart your imagination, open its arms to you and jab you in the heart? Joan Bransfield Graham is credited with the aforementioned wordplay. Green cats, red dogs, collages and watercolor accompany poems in this guide to concrete poems and more.
Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells. Elementary School elections may be baffling to your grade-schooler. However, this storybook captures the weirdness of common popular campaign platforms such as promises of soda in the water fountain. See Vimeo for an animated video of this story.
Disclaimer: Editor-in-Chief Renee Marchol of SmartyGirl/SmartyFellaEntertainment is a Paws for Tales Volunteer for the Peninsula Humane Society. The views expressed in this blog post are her own and not a reflection of endorsement by the private nonprofit.