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We love our library around here. It’s one of our favorite places to visit. Though it’s small, the librarians are so friendly and their kid book selection is amazing! And it’s really easy to request a book if they don’t have one we want.
Malcolm picked out this book Weasels, by Elys Dolan, one week at the library. I almost said no – we already had a lot of books, and this one was a little big. It wouldn’t fit in my purse, which can be a problem when you’re juggling 2 kids and a baby. And besides…a book about weasels? How interesting was this going to be?
But I flipped it open to take a peek. The first page I read said something about the weasels plotting world domination, and that pretty much sold me. And I knew Tim would get a kick out of it.
It’s a funny book about coffee-loving weasels who are plotting world domination, when things go awry. The little geeky jokes sprinkled throughout are what really topped it off for me. “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” and one of the weasels is playing “World of Woodcraft.”
The boys really enjoyed this book. I’m so glad I listened to Malcolm and pulled this one off the shelf! We can’t wait to read some of Elys’ other books.
Tim and I are huge Terry Pratchett fans. Tim actually got me hooked on his books before we started dating. Pratchett has also written some great kid’s books. We picked up his Where’s My Cow? book before we even had kids. It was the first book Tim read to Malcolm (at 2 days old), and it’s still one of their absolute favorite bedtime stories. Just the other night Tim was reading it to the boys. Sean ran downstairs to get his water bottle. Tim kept reading while he went to get it- “Where is my cow? Is that my cow? It Goes baaa! It is a …” and we heard Sean yell all the way from downstairs, “SHEEP!”
I had seen the announcement on Terry Pratchett’s Facebook page about a book of short stories that was coming out. I was so excited when we went into the library this week and saw a copy of Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales sitting out on a display shelf.
One of the things that’s a must for a kids book I read to the boys is good rhythm. When I’m going to be reading the same book 10-20 times, it needs to sound good and I want to enjoy reading it out loud. One week we got a book with a very cool idea and amazing illustrations (can’t even recall the name), but it it was reading it aloud sounded stilted and awkward.
Then there’s this book – All Aboard the Dinotrain! It is one of those books that is just plain fun to read aloud. The illustrations are vibrant and funny, the rhymes are spot-on, and the boys thought it was the best book in the world. There may have even been some tears when we had to take it back to the library.
What books have your kids been enjoying lately?