Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Juvenile Pile: Monsters, Aliens, and a Personified House

I am going to try moving this series to Tuesdays. I am cutting down my posting to 5 days a week, at least for now. Hopefully that will enable me to post more consistently.

For any new readers, Juvenile Pile is a weekly series where I share the books that my son, Christopher (age 6.5), and I have been reading together recently.

Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

Christopher selected this book from the school library, and then he read it aloud to me. It's a pretty funny story about how much monsters love underpants. It features many colorful illustrations and rhyming stanzas on each page. It was a great read for him, and we both enjoyed it.

Ages 4-8

4 Stars


The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

I borrowed this book from the library thinking it was one of my childhood favorites, but it's not the book I was remembering. This story about a little house and the passage of time is cute, but the book I'm thinking of has a little lady buying it and starting a bakery at the end. Can you help me?

Ages 3-6

3 Stars

A Big Surprise for Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper

This book is strange, but cute albeit a bit predictable. Cards of all sorts train for their specific roles before being sent out into the world. Little Card thinks he'll be a birthday card, but there's been a mixup. He's really meant to be a library card. It's silly, but fun. Christopher and I enjoyed this book.

Ages 4-8

4 Stars

One Family by George Shannon

Christopher wasn't really enjoying this book at first - the text is simple and repetitive. Then he realized he could hunt for the items mentioned on the pages, so he backed up and began again, enjoying it more the second time. This book is a variation on a counting book, but also highlights the diversity of families (by size).

Ages 3-6

4 Stars

Otters Love to Play by Jonathan London

This book tells the lifecycle and activities of otters. It's non-fiction told in story form essentially. It's cute, but not exactly what I was expecting. If you're looking to teach your children about a new animal, this book would be great. We enjoyed it, but didn't love it.

Ages 4-8

3 Stars


Not Every Princess by Jeffrey & Lisa Bone

The illustrations in this book were so whimsical and lovely. The text attempts to challenge gender norms. It didn't make a huge impression on either Christopher nor me. It also has a good message about creativity that I enjoyed.

Ages 3-8

3 Stars


The Lima Bean Monster by Dan Yaccarino

Christopher almost made me stop reading because it was a little bit scary. The boy in the story doesn't like lima beans (actually, he's never tried them), and he hides them everywhere he can think of. Eventually they turn into a lima bean monster, and the children have to eat the monster to make it go away. Morbid, I know. But funny.

Ages 5-8

4 Stars

Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis

I was a little unsure about letting Christopher read this book to me because I knew it had made up words. I thought it might be frustrating, but it wasn't. He did a great job. It's a fun story about friendship and manners. We really liked it.

Ages 4-8

4 Stars


What have you been reading with your kids lately?

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