Welcome, today on Nonna’s Corner I am excited to share three fun Random House Children’s Books. Sophia and I had a grand time reading 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath, Who’s the Grossest of Them All and This Is My Dollhouse. Grab a cup of pumpkin spice coffee and enjoy!
by Stacy McAnulty
No one likes baths. What a waste of time! There’s so much more important stuff to do! Plus, baths are super dangerous for a number of reasons. You want me to list a few? Most household accidents happen in the bathroom. Scientific fact! A kid in Texas turned into a prune after taking a bath. Scientific fact!
If you need more evidence, allow me to point you to an excellent book called 101 Reasons Why I'm Not Taking a Bath. It’s full of insightful and logical reasons why you should definitely not be subjected to this useless ritual. Joy Ang and Stacy McAnulty really understand how dumb baths are, and have done a top-notch job of demonstrating why.
101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking A Bath was a silly look at one boy’s excuses for skipping a bath. This hardcover edition, illustrated by Joy Ang offered vivid illustrations that will have your youngster giggling. Geared towards children aged three to seven, I can see this appealing to young boys. The inside jacket invites kids to read with a, “Psst Hey, you! You trying to GET OUT OF A BATH? Well, stick with me kid- I’ve got EVERY EXCUSE in the book!” The tale was silly, including passages sure to induce giggles like, “and water makes my fingers wrinkly. And my toes. And my butt. (At least I think it does.)” or, “I’ve seen an invisible crocodile in the tub. I mean I’ve heard an invisible crocodile in the tub.” Of course, none of his excuses work and ultimately he gets a bath and enjoys it. Sophia loved the illustrations as the pages are very colorful and the boy just looks dirtier and dirtier as the story progresses. The way in which the narrative is told, makes it feel as if the boy is telling the reader or adult why he isn’t taking a bath.
- Age Range: 3 – 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – 2
This Is My Dollhouse written and illustrated by Giselle Potter evoked childhood memories of my own dollhouse and the insecurities one faces when their friend’s dollhouse is perfect. In this tale we meet a little girl with a vivid imagination who creates a dollhouse out of household items. She uses a box, sponges, spools of thread, clothespins, corks and more to create a house and dolls. I loved her creativity and her playtime was delightful. But when she visits her friend Sophie who has the “perfect dollhouse” with real little dolls she suddenly has trouble playing. The little girl wants to pretend the family has an elevator with a Dixie cup, or make a pretend airplane to take them on vacation..but Sophie only likes real things. After their play date the little girl worries Sophie won’t like her dollhouse. I loved what happens next. It was exciting and shared a valuable lesson. The pages are beautifully illustrated and I loved how this little girl shared her vivid imagination. Sophia enjoyed the pictures and I myself cannot wait until she is old enough to build a cardboard dollhouse and make-believe.
- Age Range: 3-8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool -3
Who’s the Grossest of Them All written by Susan McElroy Montanari and illustrated by Jake Parker ended up being Sophia’s favorite as it ties into a lesson we recently taught her. Goblin and Troll believe they are each the grossest of them all and decide to settle it by asking someone. The first person who encounters them determines Troll is the grossest, but Troll decides they need another opinion. Next up is a little old lady who of course says Goblin is the grossest. They decide on the best 2 out of 3. Next comes a little girl who looks like Red Riding Hood and things take an unexpected turn, that induced giggles from Sophia and made me squirm. Nope..no..eew! I was shocked! If you must know what happened: View Spoiler »The little girl picks her nose, and waves a big green slimy booger around while trying to decide who is grossest Troll or Goblin. Of course, the little girl ends up being the Grossest of them all! « Hide Spoiler The tale reminds me of classic nursery rhymes. Troll and Goblin may be gross, but they had good manners. Sophia loved the bridge illustration with its dark underbelly that showed only a set of eyes before Troll pops out. Kids will laugh at the twisted ending, and Mom’s may squirm but there is a lesson wrapped in all the grossness!
- Age Range: 4 – 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – 3
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