June 6, 2013

What We're Reading: A List of Six Picture Books

Eleanor and I have been reading a lot, as usual. We've transitioned to longer picture books and easy readers (she now disdains board books as "baby books", so alas Sandra Boynton isn't read much around here anymore).

Here are six of the books that we've read over (and over, and over, and...) lately.

Birdie's Big-Girl Dress by Sujean Rim. Eleanor snagged this one off the shelf at the library, and fell instantly in love with it. It's about a little girl obsessed with clothes; all too appropriate for the phase of life we're in right now! It's part of a series of books about Birdie, so we're going to have to look for more of them. My rating: 3 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 5 out of 5

Just a Little Sick by Mercer Mayer. Eleanor is suddenly enamored with "Little Kidder" and this is hands-down her favorite of the series. I like the ironic text, which makes me laugh, but she completely misses all the irony. Noel keeps saying "But what IS Little Critter? A raccoon? A possum? A mole? What?!" whenever he has to read it to her. My rating: 4 out of 5, Eleanor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Angelina at the Palace by Katharine Holabird. Ugh, I am not an Angelina Ballerina fan. Eleanor was introduced to her via a video loan from a friend, and all I can say is that at least the books are better than the show. But I still find her irritatingly whiny. This one involves princesses though, so it's automatically highly rated in our house. My rating: 2 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 5 out of 5

Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastian Braun. Our love of Meeow continues, and this one has inspired some dishes-drumming and clanging of our own. Plus we've read it so many times now that Eleanor "reads" it to me from memory. My rating: 4 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4 out of 5

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarek. I happened to check this one out the week after Eleanor's birthday, and one of its four stories is about Little Bear's birthday cake, so it became an instant hit. She also thought that the snow story was really funny. And Maurice Sendak's illustrations are adorable. My rating: 4 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4 out of 5

Early Bird by Richard Scarry. We own an old copy of this one: and I thought it seemed like a bit of a prequel to Scarry's other stuff: because it features Early Bird, and his friend Wiggly Worm, who looks almsot identical to Lowly Worm from other Busytown books. And sure enough, in the new copies of this book it's been rewritten so that the worm is in fact Lowly Worm. My rating: 4 out of 5, Eleanor's rating: 4 out of 5

Have you been reading kids' books lately?

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