Moo, Baa, La La La! (Board book), by Sandra Boynton. This is one of our favorite Sandra Boynton books, and one of the bookworm's favorite books overall. When we start reading it, we're always in for at least 3 or 4 read-throughs. The rhyming text is fun and clever, focusing on animals and their noises.
"A sheep says Baa./Three singing pigs say LA LA LA!/'No, No!' you say, that isn't right./The pigs say OINK all day and night."
Bookworm's interest at under 12 months (and still now at 15 months): All.
Here's another Boynton book we read this week and haven't yet reviewed:
A to Z (Board book), by Sandra Boynton. This board book by Sandra Boynton features an animal/verb combo for every letter. The illustrations reflect Boynton's usual style. They're bright and clear and easily distinguishable (which is nice for alphabet and word books). The animal/verb combos are mildly silly, although they lack the rhyming, sing-song text of many of Boynton's books. This is an all around nice alphabet book.
"Turkey tripping / Uglybirds being ugly / Vicuña Violinning / Weasel Whistling"
Bookworm's interest at 15 months: Unfortunately the first few reads weren't well received, but I'm going to chalk it up to timing for now and keep trying.
Parent's Peeve: Not a peeve, but an admission. I had to look up "vicuña." Ah, good old Wikipedia ("The vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) or vicugna is one of two wild South American camelids, along with the guanaco, which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes. It is a relative of the llama, and is now believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas, which are raised for their fiber.")I'm editing to add a third Boynton book we just read for the first time today:
Blue Hat, Green Hat (Board book), by Sandra Boynton. This wardrobe-focused Boynton book teaches colors through the use of four characters - an elephant, moose, bear, and rooster. Each page features a different piece of clothing being worn (in varying colors) by the other three, then incorrectly by the rooster ("Oops" reads the text by his picture when he, for instance, wears his pants on his head). The book feels short, but it is charming and appealed to our little man from the get go.
"Red shirt, blue shirt, yellow shirt, oops"
Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He liked this one right away, and even laughed at the correct time on every page (as I read the repetitive "oops").
Parent's Peeve: The last couple of pages seem a little out of sync with the rest of the book to me (the rooster dives into a pool for some reason), but I'm probably just nitpicking. I like this one overall.