Posts tagged with Silliness
10 December 2014 - Book Review: Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. If sly hilarity and perfectly-paced comedic gags are your thing, you’ll love this series… Not everyone will love a children’s series dedicated to the criminal exploits of two polar bears driven by an insatiable desire for muffins. Some parents might feel the author treats stealing too lightly. But it’s clearly a fantasy, and the bears’ bumbling attempts never lead them into violence. For a perceptive readership, parents might even have a discussion about how when you lack self-control, you make foolish decisions that get you into trouble. This isn’t a moral story, but it happens in a moral world, where the bears’ outlandish behavior leads to consequences.
26 November 2014 - Book Review: Birthday Monsters
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Sandra Boynton brings us yet another snappy, silly book of hilarity for preschoolers… Preschoolers will love the rhythmic, crisp way this story is told, and will really enjoy the over-the-top bad example of these birthday monsters. And it’s actually funny enough that you might not be tempted to hide it on a high shelf after a few dozen readings.
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Alligator Arrived with Apples
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crescent Dragonwagon presents a delightfully fun Thanksgiving feast, delivered by animals A to Z. For each letter of the alphabet, one animal joins the feast bearing an appropriate contribution, and the verb designating its delivery also matches the letter… This lighthearted celebration, with enjoyable wordplay and some incidental alphabet education, provides a need counterpoint to more serious Thanksgiving books.
13 November 2014 - Book Review: Doggies
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. It might seem that a board book whose words consist entirely of different kinds of dog barks (and one cat) would be boring. But Boynton, a master of rhythm and humor, captures ten different dog personalities through the sounds they make.
14 November 2011 - Book Review: Rhinoceros Tap
Rating: Sandra Boynton‘s clever, original silliness isn’t limited only to toddler board books — it also finds unique expression in a collaboration with Adam Bryant in a musical series of silly songs. This volume, the original in the series, includes a range of musical styles: swing, doo-wop, caribbean, rock, and blues. It’s kicked off with [...]
27 October 2011 - Book Review: Runny Babbit, A Billy Sook
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Shel Silverstein, the popular children’s poet, kept one of his best works until the end of his life. Published posthumously, this collection of silly rhymes about a bunny might be a merely pleasant diversion, except for the fact that most phrases have some consonants switched around, producing very funny results.
26 October 2011 - Book Review: Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This is a likably repetitive story that preschoolers will love for its simple humor. Its pleasant characters and slapstick humor create an undeniable appeal, and parents will appreciate the fact that the children work together to express their love toward their mother, who deserves a break after all she’s put up with from them.
5 October 2011 - Book Review: Wacky Wednesday
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Toddlers and elementary students are likely to find great satisfaction in counting up the wacky things on each page. The “I spy” component is time-consuming, making this this book a terrible read-aloud, but it’s a great choice for cultivating confidence in self-reading.
5 March 2011 - Book Review: But Not the Hippopotamus
Rating: Once again, Sandra Boynton makes it look easy to produce a rhythmic, repetitive, and hilarious story that the youngest tots and the most jaded adults will enjoy. In this simple plot, a shy hippo watches as other animals engage in social activities, and the refrain repeats, “But not the hippopotamus.” Finally, the other animals [...]
28 February 2011 - Book Review: Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This energetic book depicts a 1950′s Northeastern family on a trip into town… This book has all the qualities toddlers love: predictability, simple slapstick hilarity, rhythm, and drama mixed with a warm family dynamic. Adults will enjoy reading it aloud, and there is enough complexity to draw in older elementary children.
A good book has a profound kind of morality — not a cheap, sentimental sort which thrives on shallow plots and superficial heroes, but the sort of force which inspires the reader’s inner life and draws out all that is noble. — , Honey For a Child’s Heart
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