Little Red, by Bethan Woollvin, is a re-imagining of the classic story, Little Red Riding Hood, with one major exception. Instead of a hunter or woodcutter coming along to saveLittle Red, she saves herself and dispatches the wolf off the page.
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Reading: it builds empathy and increases language development. Beyond those two benefits, it’s also a wonderful form of entertainment. We value reading in our household and we read to our daughter on a daily basis. Though, I usually write about books that I’m reading; I thought I’d mention a few current favorites and get some recommendations in return.
Premise: A tiger in a Victorian-era city is tired of the stuffy life he and his fellow animals lead.He wants to be himself. He wants to go wild. What happens when social conventions slip?
Artwork: Simple and reminiscent to early video games. There’s an 8-bit quality that’s really wonderful.
Reasons to love: Good message and kids like to roar along with Mr. Tiger.
Premise: A little girl doesn’t want to go to bed. She and her parents talk about how different animals sleep.
Artwork: Gorgeous. I’d love to frame a print and hang above S–’s bed.
Reasons to love: Guides kids through the bedtime process. Teaches kids about animals. Doesn’t force the issue of sleep.
Bunnies vs Parents
Premise: Three little bunnies keep getting up in the night and interrupt Mom and Dad with their noise.
Reasons to love: There’s an escalating pattern of bunnies not being asleep. Phrases like, “Looks like the bunnies are not in their beds” and “Goodnight, goodnight, sleep tight,” are popular hooks.
Get Up and Move
Premise: Examples of how different animals move.
Artwork: It’s Eric Carl, so if you like his artwork, it’s good. I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I don’t really like his art. Maybe, it’s slowly growing on me.
Reasons to love: Gets your kids up and moving and learning about animals.
Premise: A little beastie called a Snatchabook is stealing everyone’s books. Eliza Brown solves the mystery.
Artwork: Warm, detailed, and gorgeous.
Reasons to love: Teaches a love of reading and compassion to others.
These are a few of our current favorites. What books should we check out from our library?
I started reading Moby Dick in June and began renovating our house in July. Sadly, I finished Moby Dick first. For some people, I’m sure me disliking Moby Dick is similar to a person giving the Grand Canyon a one-star review on Yelp.
The first 200-400 pages were funny and enjoyable. The 3000 page Wikipedia article on whaling put me to sleep, much like the characters in Bone. The final 50 pages are worth reading, but could still be condensed.
And so, I have defeated Moby Dick and am still alive to tell the tale. I can’t wait to read something else. Suggestions?
The countdown is ticking toward vacation. My reading list includes: Moby Dick (currently reading), Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Martian, The Buried Giant, and Lila (though I doubt I’ll get to it).
What’s on your list?
On page 86 of An Unnecessary Woman. It’s so deliberate. Slow. A long conversation sitting in someone’s apartment. A love letter to literature. A remembrance of what a life in books costs. ∞