Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever! (Giant Little Golden Book) (Hardcover), by Richard Scarry. As the cover boasts, this thick (288-page!) tome includes "82 wonderful stories for boys and girls." Some "stories" will look very familiar to those who have read Richard Scarry's other picture books, with pages identifying different work vehicles and foods, for instance. But unlike the other Scarry books we've read, this one also includes a number of short tales - some suited for children as young as ours (1 1/2) and others with more lengthy text for an older child. It also includes nursery rhymes and poems or stories about colors, months of the year, the alphabet, shapes, and numbers, among others. I might be mistaken, but there don't seem to be any pickle cars, apple cars, etc. here, so if you're looking for that kind of trademark Scarry silliness, you'll want to check out one of his other word books. I guess it's because I don't have a page-ripper, but I love this book all the more for not being a board book. It seems like one that we'd treasure for years as he grows into the rest of the stories. Oh no, I might feel ANOTHER Richard Scarry purchase coming on.
"Goodnight, Little Bear. by Patrician Scarry. It is time for Little bear to go to bed. Mother Bear closes the storybook. She gives Little Bear a good-night kiss. / Then over to his big furry father runs the little bear. Wheee! Father Bear swings his little one high up to his shoulders for a ride to bed. / 'Duck your head,' calls Mother Bear, just in time. And into the snug little bedroom they go."
Bookworm's interest at 20 months: He loves it. Already familiar with the picture identification pages from Scarry's other books, he honed in on those right away, but there are also some new favorites, like a story about colors. His only complaint is that he loves to count the three crosses on the ambulances in Scarry's books ("Unnn!, two!, eeeee!"), and the ambulances in this book only have ONE cross each.
You can read about our other Richard Scarry favorites here.