Knuffle Bunny and us go way back — I read the first book to my son when he was just two years old. Somehow, I didn’t get around to reading Knuffle Bunny Free — the last in the trilogy (I skipped the second book because I didn’t really like the story, though I’ll probably read it to them eventually) — to him until recently, a whopping three years later. I also took the chance to introduce the first Knuffle Bunny book to my daughter, and unsurprisingly, both books were a big hit with them.
We Are in a Book! is just one of the many friendship-themed books in the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems, which provides a great introduction to comics for early readers since each “frame” takes up an entire page and the humour is pitched perfectly at four-year-olds.
As far as potty-training kidlit goes, I’ve found that the clearer and more direct the book — both in terms of the text and illustrations — the better, since it’s important for kids to understand and relate to it. Bonus points for cute illustrations and some, um, toilet humour.
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! is a slight departure from the usual Mo Willems picture-book titles in that he has chosen to present it as a collection of “6½ stories about two surprising friends” — gotta love the ½!
That Is Not a Good Idea! is a good old-fashioned cautionary tale, but with an unexpected and quirky twist. The premise is simple enough: a wily fox invites a naive-looking goose to dinner and she goes along with everything he proposes… or so it seems.
I think any kid with a favourite toy will be able to relate to Knuffle Bunny, which tells the story of a little girl, Trixie, who almost loses her stuffed bunny. The cute illustrations juxtaposed on photographs and simple, funny lines make the book memorable. Continue reading →
What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound? is a cute book that uses rhyming and repetition to introduce a few animal sounds. The funny illustrations and large fonts are great for kids who are learning to read, while the sweet twist at the end adds humour and makes the book a fun read even for parents. Continue reading →