Here are our favorites from the past week:
Tintin, age 7
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future
Author/illustrator: Dav Pilkey
Martial arts, a time portal, and 7-year-old boy humor. Ook and Gluk, the comic creations of George Beard and Harold Hutchins (who are the comic creations of author Dav Pilkey), are caveboys who travel by force to the year 2222 and then try to save their hometown of Caveland, Ohio, from evil. Tintin read this 176-page book twice this week. Although this book will teach your child important things like philosophy, rhyming, and caveman language, you might want to be aware of the book's warning: "The FoLowing seckshon contains graphic violins and may not be suitible For sensative grownups and other people who arent very fun."
Sardine in Outer Space 4
Author/illustrator: Emmanuel Guibert/Joann Sfar
Space pirates Sardine, Little Louie, and Captain Yellow Shoulder are back once again to save the universe from Supermuscleman and mad scientist Doc Krok. Along the way they encounter the monster under their bed, an evil bunny, flying tattoos, rocket attacks, and more. Sardine is Tintin's favorite graphic novel series, and this fourth installment did not disappoint. Tintin finished it in one sitting and can't wait to read number 5.
Johnny Boo, age 4
Can You Make a Scary Face?
Author/illustrator: Jan Thomas
The ladybug in this book will have your child moving around and acting silly. Although some Amazon reviewers seem to think this book is better for a group of children, Johnny Boo loved following the ladybug's directions. He especially loved reading the book to me and watching me make scary faces and dance like a chicken. Tintin chose this book for Johnny Boo from his school library (the boys have a deal: Tintin picks out one book for himself and one for Johnny Boo, and when Johnny Boo starts elementary school, he'll do the same) – I think Tintin's choice was a good one.
Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
Author/illustrator: Hope Vestergaard/Valeria Petrone
You have to like a children's book that uses the word "lollygag." Potty Animals teaches children the rules of the potty in a fun way. Johnny Boo has been without a diaper for 2 1/2 years, but he (and his brother) still need the occasional reminder to remember their bathroom manners. Plus, being a 4-year-old, he loves learning about rules. And he loves books about animals. And I think I'll make a copy of the rules and hang it on every bathroom door in this house.
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