these books are geared more towards pre-readers up to second or third grade unless otherwise noted.
I am in the process of picking a book to read at my school's annual Kids' Night Out reading event, which is essentially a story walk, just in the evening. I had this one on my reading list and decided to check it out. While it is not going to work for that event, it did really interest my 5 year-old, so it was a win! The book has directions that have you touch, rub, shake, and blow on the book and the dots in the book. He was so into it; he was laughing as the dots expanded, multiplied, and changed colors. It is more of a one-on-one read (not good for a group), and it would interest the preschool to 1st grade age group, I think. We had a good time, and my 2nd grader was giggling, watching his little brother enjoy himself.
*Book cover picture from Goodreads.com
This book has been one of my personal favorites for a few years. Ever since I read it to my oldest child, and it caused me to laugh out loud, I instantly loved it. Lily is getting a baby brother, and she is very excited. However, once Julius arrives, Lily sees things are not turning out as she planned. With a fun story containing scenes in the "uncooperative chair" and two very flustered parents, this book is an enjoyable read. Surprisingly, Lily starts to come around towards the end of the story when she comes up against a cousin who feels the same way she does about babies. It does contain a lot of story for a picture book, so it might take some discussion and maybe a two day reading for some little ones. My middle child was 4 when he started to like it, repeating an enthusiastic, "Disgusting!" at key moments. The bonus for me is that Kevin Henkes is coming to Pittsburgh in February, so I am taking my oldest to get some books signed and to meet the author!
Anyone who enjoyed The Day the Crayons Quit will enjoy this book as well. If you have not read the first Crayons book, you need to know that a boy named Duncan gets notes from his crayons, letting him know they are unhappy with how they are treated and have decided to quit. In this second book, Duncan has left some crayons behind and neglected them once again, so they send him postcards as they make their way home or plead for a rescue. There were some times my boys and I laughed out loud, just like with the last book. (The page where the brown crayon is upset that he has had to draw a bear pooping in the woods was a favorite part for my kindergartner.) Do not buy it for the "Glow in the dark!" sticker on the front because those pages aren't that great. Get it for the silly stories. It is not all that different from the first book, but that is why kids will love it. I read the first book aloud at a reading event at the school, and the kids enjoyed it. I know this one will be a hit, too!