We Found a Hat

We Found a Hat Jon Klassen I appreciate subtle humor. It is sometimes rather hard to define. It’s the way someone squints, or gives a sidelong glance. It’s the way someone slowly tilts their head or quietly slides into a scene. We Found A Hat captures that silly subtle humor perfectly. Two tired turtles find a hat they both love in the dessert. The obvious is they only one hat, but there are two of them. You can probably see where this is going. Can you guess? I immediately pictured them fighting over the hat or desiring it. Maybe you are picturing the same thing. Imagine two…

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Mummy and Me

Mummy and Me Katerina Manolessou This is a sweet little frog tale about a girl and her mummy that put me in tears in a roundabout sort of way. It’s a simple rhyme about a little girl frog and her mommy frog. (Mummy really for all you Brits.) The story is simple and contains a cute little rhyme. There’s a nice repeated theme of numbers throughout the book with bugs and spiders popping up in appropriate proportions. Personally, I love this little piece but had just one problem. I’m a dad. And I’m reading this awesome book to my little boy.…

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The Missing Piece

The Missing Piece Shel Silverstein Mentioning that Shel Silverstein wrote porn is maybe the only way to talk about the Missing Piece that won’t seem like every other review of it you’ve ever read. Does it matter? The answer is more about you than it is about him. The book is one of the most renowned pieces of children’s literature. This is in part because so many adults are able to relate to it’s description of relationships. The Pac-Man-like circle rolls along finding different shapes and pieces that may be it’s missing piece. It’s a thinly veiled search for a…

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