Tintin, age 7
Author/illustrator: Shel Silverstein
Tintin has liked Shel Silverstein since Kindergarten when Poem in Your Pocket Day (in April) turned into Poem in Your Pocket Until the Last Week of School (early June) and he brought in the poems of Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and others to read to his classmates. My post about that is at our other blog, Mother Is Not Concerned. Anyway, Falling Up joined our other Shel Silverstein poetry collections (Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Runny Babbit) this Christmas and is just as loved as the others. Tintin will sit and read the poems and laugh at the drawings (especially the ones in which body parts are not where they would normally be) for very long periods of time. The other day I had to dress him for school because he refused to put the book down, and when he came home from school he picked up right where he left off.
In the Night Kitchen
Author/illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Another classic, In the Night Kitchen tells the story of Mickey and his very surreal dream. Mickey falls out of bed and out of his clothes (Tintin's favorite part) and meets three bakers who mistake him for milk and try to mix him into their cake batter. Mickey, however, is clever enough to find a way out and to help the bakers find their missing ingredient. Tintin's second favorite part is when Mickey is inside a gigantic milk bottle, although Tintin says he would have swum around in the milk a little longer and had more to drink before helping the bakers. In the Night Kitchen is a frequently challenged book because of Mickey's nudity, but my boys just think it's funny that he's naked and of course don't see anything other than that it's a fantastical, well-illustrated story. For more information on the book's controversy, see the Wikipedia article.
Johnny Boo, age 5
Bed, Bed, Bed
Author/illustrator: They Might Be Giants/Marcel Dzama
Bed, Bed, Bed is a collection of four They Might Be Giants children's song lyrics: Impossible, Happy Doesn't Have to Have an Ending, Idlewild, and Bed, Bed, Bed, and comes with a CD. Both boys have been They Might Be Giants fans for a while (they dressed up as the lead singers for Halloween in 2009), and this book comes out every once in a while. Each time it does, Johnny Boo carries it around, sings the lyrics over and over again, and examines Dzama's surreal illustrations. I'm not sure if it's typical for children to enjoy reading song lyrics, but both of my boys learned to read by memorizing their Music Together songs and then reading the songbooks that came along with the classes, and they both like reading CD liner notes. If you'd like to learn more about They Might Be Giants music for kids, please check out this review by Tintin and Johnny Boo's dad.
The Snow Bear
Author/illustrator: Miriam Moss/Maggie Kneen
Johnny Boo had to get this book from the library after his teacher read it to his class. It's about a polar bear cub who loses his mother and, with the help of some other animals, builds a mama snow bear to rest with until his own mother's return. This is a sweet book, with wonderful embossed illustrations that Johnny Boo never tires of touching. It even helped to calm him while waiting for the check at a sushi restaurant a few nights ago.
Other books we've enjoyed (or are still enjoying) this week:
- Bare Bear, by Miriam Moss and Mary McQuillan
- Toy Story: Ride 'em, Cowboy!, by Kate McMullan and Lorelay Bove
- Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, by Judy Schachner
- Thesaurus Rex, by Laya Steinberg and Debbie Harter
- It's Hard to Be Five, by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
- The Fantastic Mr. Wani, by Kanako Usui (see our review)
- Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, by Audrey Vernick and Daniel Jennewein
- Instructions, by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
- Sir Seth Thistlethwaite and the Soothsayer's Shoes, by Richard Thake and Vince Chui
- How to Train Your Dragon Book 1, by Cressida Cowell
- The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter is always a favorite so this really should be listed above, but since Tintin's been reading a Harry Potter book every week for the past several weeks, I'm going to leave it here.)
Chapter book/graphic novel
- Pirates of Underwhere, by Bruce Hale and Shane Hillman
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