We have discovered Maisy in a big way recently. A friend’s daughter really loves the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins, and so I thought I’d bring some home from the library to try. And what a hit! So far we’ve read Maisy Goes on Vacation, Maisy Goes to the Movies, Maisy’s Field Day, Maisy Goes on a Plane, Maisy Goes to Preschool, and Maisy Goes to the Library.
Maisy books are a little bit like the Spot books – they introduce new experiences in a gentle, fun way – but they’re more colorful and have more words, and therefore hold up better to more re-reading. What I can’t figure out, though, is if Maisy is supposed to be a kid (as Field Day and Preschool would suggest) or a grown-up (her friend Cyril drives her to the airport and she goes on a plane by herself). The only adult-like figures seem to be tall birds, like the ostrich who hands out snacks at field day and the peacock who reads a story in the library. Does anyone have any insight on this?
I also really like The Loud Book and The Quiet Book. There are, after all, many kinds of loud and quiet. Kids probably appreciate The Loud Book at an earlier age, particularly if the adult reader does the proper sound effects.
Dream team: Ame Dyckman and Zachariah O’Hora’s collaborations are great; Wolfie the Bunny is our favorite, but Horrible Bear! is good for its demonstration of how we can hurt people and things by accident, and apologize and forgive, and Read the Book, Lemmings! is just plain funny.
Beekle author is back: Dan Santat’s new book After the Fall is about what happened to Humpty Dumpty after he fell off the wall. It’s really beautiful: the toddler liked it because she knew the character from the rhyme, and it made the dad tear up. And Santat teamed up with Mac Barnett for Oh No! Not Again!, a funny story about a girl who thinks the best solution to a wrong answer on her history test is to go back in time and change history so her answer is correct (some people will go really, really far to be right).
Bears: Old Bear is a beautifully illustrated book about the change of seasons; a bear dreams through hibernation and emerges in the spring. A Visitor for Bear is a little on the long side for younger toddlers but there’s plenty of repetition, and the visitor in question (the mouse) keeps popping up in funny places.
Baking: I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda is a favorite, as is Please, Mr. Panda. And speaking of baking, yes, that is Martha Stewart’s Cookies in the pile. I may have mentioned before it has the best table of contents I’ve ever seen – pictures of all the different cookies, organized by type (light and delicate, soft and chewy, etc.).
What books are the kids in your life loving these days?