Tuesday is our time to highlight a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique recipe over on our Book Cook page that you and your kids can make to celebrate your reading of the week’s particular book.
The books we’ll tell you about could be old or new and we’ll list the author, illustrator, publisher, and year of first publication so you can find them. They will also range in age from birth to teen and we’ll give you an idea of how long they take to read (short, medium, long) and why we love them.
Today’s great book: A Chocolate Moose for Dinner (Windmill Books, 1976). Written and illustrated by: Fred Gwynne (1926-1993); you might remember him as Herman Munster from the 1960s television series “The Munsters” or as the cranky judge in the 1992 movie “My Cousin Vinny.” Time to read: short. Summary: A child tries to picture the things her parents talk about. My kids like this book for the illustrations, while I like it for the clever wordplay. One compliments the other in a way that is rare in children’s literature, especially for younger kids. Toddlers love the large, colorful illustrations, while teens and adults love the absolute genius play on words. Here’s an example from the book:
It seamlessly brings words and illustrations to life, while at the same time giving us a short but sweet opportunity to laugh right along with our children and then make up some idioms of our own. We also like big books and this one is hardback with nice, large pages for the perfect read-aloud selection. It’s been a favorite of ours for many years and continues to be one of our top books to read out loud, especially during those times when the whole family needs a book-induced smile! Remember to visit our Book Cook page for a “MOOSE/MOUSSE” recipe created by the kids to accompany this particular book.