Our read-aloud book this week was Tales from Pinocchio retold by Helen Rossendale and illustrated by Graham Philpot. I liked that illustrations had no resemblance to Disney story and that the whole story was broken in short chapters that took about 7 minutes to read. This left us time for reading more than one story at night. At first Smarty was horrified by Pinocchio’s bad behavior, but at some point she realized that “this is a fantasy book” and started to enjoy it. I think we will be trying other books from “Ten Minute Bedtime Stories” too.
Our second read-aloud book this week (we are reading in parallel with the first one) is I Wonder Why Lemons Taste Sour . This one came from the library, and we own I Wonder Why I Blink book. This book about senses works very well with our science investigations and websites we’ve been using to learn more about senses. I actually learned a thing or two from the questions and answers in this book. It’s targeted towards audience of 5-8 year olds, and I would say this is correct. Smarty was delighted to discover on the cover that this series has about 20 different titles and was most interested to get I Wonder Why Soap Makes Bubbles next.
The Dumb Bunnies by Dav Pilkey was by far the most popular book of the week. All I can say is that Dab Pilkey certainly knows his audience who values absurd, unexpected and anything toilet-related. Smarty loved this book, and it has enough “cultural references” to tickle adults’ fancy too. However, this book might not be for families who avoid certain words or object to crude jokes. If anyone read The Dumb Bunnies, I am curious to hear your opinions in the comments.
Smarty's K book of the week was Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. We read it before in the bookstore, and Smarty didn’t care much for it. It took some effort to convince her even to read it once, and now she could appreciate the story better. She said she wants to have her own magic pebble to get anything I want, she just couldn’t tell me what this “anything” could possibly be. I’d recommend Sylvester for 4+, since the story is fairly long and intense.