"Then one morning a little girl stopped and looked straight into Corduroy's bright eyes. 'Oh, Mommy' she said. 'Look! There's the very bear I've always wanted.' 'Not today, dear.' Her mother sighed. 'I've spent too much already. Besides, he doesn't look new. He's lost the button to one of his shoulder straps.'"
Bookworm's interest at 18 months: Unfortunately I couldn't get him to show any interest, I think because of the other two Corduroy lift the flap books I brought home at the same time (see reviews below). I tried it again today, but he spotted a sticker book nearby. I'll keep trying! I think the text is long enough that it would suit a slightly older child better. I don't think it's out of question for an 18-month old, though.
"He shows them the special clothes firefighters wear. Everything is very heavy. It has to be to protect the firefighter from the fire, heat, and smoke. The firefighters keep their clothes downstairs near the fire trucks, ready to go. Everybody in the class gets a junior fireman's hat."
Bookworm's interest at 18 months: He loved this book so much that it eclipsed the original Corduroy book. Every time I tried to read the original, he'd run and grab this version again. His favorite thing about it is finding the dog on every page. It can be spotted inside the fire engine, running in a parade, hiding under a couch - sometimes under a flap and sometimes not. I ignored the text of the book after a couple of failed attempts at keeping his interest, and he loved it every "read" after that.
Parent's Peeve: I would have thought the length of the text would gear this book for a slightly older child, yet I generally think of "lift the flap" books as aimed at a younger crowd, so the age range is a little bit of a mystery to me. I guess like any book, it depends on the child. In any case, we loved it, so 18 months seems a fine age for it.
"Before Corduroy leaves the library he wants to pick some new books to take home. There are so many to choose from! Finally, Corduroy finds three books he likes. He takes them to the librarian and gives her his library card. She stamps the books with the date they are due back. Good choices, Corduroy!"
Bookworm's interest at 18 months: He enjoyed the first page, in which Corduroy hunts for his library books (under flaps). Unfortunately, he didn't make it much further, since the Fire Station version was nearby, and he kept asking for that one. I think even if I try reading it away from that version, he'll recognize Corduroy and want the Fire Station one. I would have pegged it as one he'd like, though!