Saturday, September 5, 2009

A few hodgepodge reviews

We're sorely in need of a trip to the library around here.  It's not that we haven't been reading new books, but we were recently gifted with a big box full of used books.  Most of them are out of print, so it seems rather pointless to post reviews of them.  I'm hoping we can get to the library again this week and get more fodder for the blog (and the little man's imagination).  In the meantime, I'm posting a few reviews that we wrote and just never posted, for one reason or another.  Baby faces, quiet/loud, a mouse, and a buddha.  See the common thread?  No, me either.  

Peek-A-Boo! (Baby Faces Board Book #01) (Board book), by Roberta Grobel Intrater. A short board book featuring a number of photographs of babies, with labels like "pouting," "yelling," and "laughing." This was a freebie courtesy of Reach Out and Read at his 9 month check-up. We miss you since we moved, Reach Out and Read!

Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: He always enjoyed seeing the babies.



Quiet Loud (Leslie Patricelli board books) (Board book), by Leslie Patricelli. Another opposites book in Leslie Patricelli's fun format -- a two-page spread per opposite, with a baby demonstrating. As the title suggests, this one focuses on contrasting quiet and loud things and activities.

Excerpt:

"Crayons are quiet./Pots and pans are loud. BOOM BAM"

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: The bookworm seems to quite like it. Sometimes the cover will make him shake his head "no," but if I open the book up, he then wants to read it. I should try this again (at 21 months) now that he fully understands the concepts of quiet and loud.



The Mouse & the Buddha (Hardcover), by Kathryn Price. The Mouse and the Buddha is a lovely book for a slightly older child. The text follows the story of a mouse named Tsi Tsi who sneaks into a temple and, after eating his food, recieves some teachings from Buddha (such as to be kind to one another). I like the idea of teaching him about a plurality of religions, and this seems like a cute way to engage him in the lesson. We'll revisit this book when he is a little older.

Bookworm's interest at 13 months: This was too advanced for his age at the time we read it (13 months). He'd often bring it to me to read him, so he must have really liked the cover, but he wouldn't last more than a few pages. I might give this one another try soon.


 

What are you reading lately? Any suggestions for our next library trip?

3 comments:

Lisa said...

We have a patricelli book that the Bug really enjoys too. The pictures are so colorful and he understands what I'm reading so it's fun.

librarymeow said...

Try, "Shape by Shape" by Suse MacDonald. It's a cut-out book (like Go Away Big Green Monster) that ultimately shows a picture of a dinosaur. My daughter (2 years) LOVES this book and now points out shapes all over the place.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Thanks, we'll definitely check it out!