School’s out and we’d rather be outside. While that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped reading, it does mean I don’t want to spend a lot of time reviewing. Naturally, I feel guilty about that, so I’m giving you three quick hits on books that we’ve enjoyed over the years, rather than one long review.
Beautiful illustrations. This book has a sweet gentleness to it that makes it a good choice for naptime and bedtime.
The story of a cantankerous ol’ man and the uppity ol’ cat who liked his potato soup, which made the cranky ol’ man love that uppity ol’ cat “just a breath more, but not so’s you’d notice.” A heartwarming story, written in language that is a delight to read out loud. Reading it to The Five-Year-Old made me miss Texas.
Once there was a little boy who loved to stay with his grandparents. But he never could fall asleep in their squeaky, creaky old bed. So Grandpa gives him a cat for company. Then a dog. Then a pig. Then more and more, until the bed is overflowing and no one’s getting any rest. I am laughing that Niki Daly drew Grandpa and Grandma as aging hippies. This is a fun story to read, with lots of sound effects to keep it interesting.