‘Too Purpley!’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.

 Too Purpley

Today’s great book: Too Purpley by Jean Reidy with illustrations by Genevieve Leloup  (2011, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

The Author’s Book Website:  http://www.jeanreidy.com/TOO_PURPLEY.html

Time to Read:  short and sweet; great for naptime or bedtime or anytime

Summary:  from the dustjacket…”You know exactly what clothes you want to wear, right? Well, you sure know which ones you don’t want…for little fashionistas everywhere.”

Best Quote:  “Too itchy, too scratchy, too stichy, too matchy!”

Our View:  This is the number one book that our 2-year old niece asked us to read with her nearly every day for two weeks while they were with us during the Christmas holiday.  By day three, she could read it to us – which is part of the magic of books like this that include just two or three or four words on each page that are directly related to the wonderful illustrations of the little girl that takes the starring role in this story.  Our little one was reading it for herself in no time and that makes for a great, early success in bringing children along as lifetime readers.  Regarding the topic of clothes in this book, I remember when our girls were little that one of the great opportunities we had as parents to help them learn to make decisions and choose wisely was in allowing them to choose what they wanted to wear.  Depending upon the activities of certain days (church, park, school, around the house, outside in the dirt and mud, etc.) , we had in mind what we would prefer they wear, so we would give them two different outfits to choose from, and that helped us all.  Other times, it was just a matter of their mood as to what they wanted to wear, and that is where Too Purpley shines!  We all feel this way at one time or another, whether we are young or old, and this book just gives words and ideas to that very topic.  The colorful pages are exceptionally bright and cheery and often funny, while the text is short and sweet and makes for an easy read that concludes with a decision and a smile.  Don’t miss this one!

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Too Purpley Cows “ – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.

‘Would You Rather…’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.

 Would

Today’s great book: Would You Rather… by John Burningham (1985, Picture Lions)

The Author’s Book Website: http://www.puffin.co.uk/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,1000001755,00.html

Time to Read: short and sweet; bedtime or anytime

Summary:  from Publisher’s Weekly – “Would you rather… your dad did a dance at school or your mom made a fuss in a cafe?” John Burningham poses many more questions in Would You Rather… Humorous (and thought-provoking) vignettes accompany each possibility.”

Best Quote:  “Would you rather be made to eat spider stew, taste slug dumplings, chew mashed worms, or drink a snail shake?”

Our View:  This is among the best of the read-alouds that we have in our Book Room and it NEVER fails to bring a smile and a really good conversation among the kids.  I also read it to my college students every semester, just to get to know them better and pull a smile from them.  The choices and illustrations are spectacular and provide a place to talk among reader and listener, father and child, teacher and student, friend and friend.  A great little-known fact: Mr. Burningham collaborated with Ian Fleming on Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, and designed the model of the famous car.

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – A Million Choices – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.