Reads of the Week – June 4th

Here’s what we’re reading in the little toyhouse this week:

Monsters Eat Whiny Children by Bruce Eric Kaplan

Georgia has been SO whiny lately that I think I’m about to lose my mind.  Rather than read a parenting book that offers positive solutions to this problem, I grabbed this book at the library last week to scare the bejesus out of her instead (kidding….sort of). The kids in the book don’t actually get eaten, but they do get kidnapped by a monster which is pretty darn scary for a toddler. I asked Georgia while we were reading it if it was too scary or if she wanted me to stop, but she said no and proceeded to request it repeatedly for several days.  That said, now whenever I tell her she’s whining and ask her to stop, she says “The monster’s gonna come get me?”.  I’ll take my Mom of the Year award any time now.

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

I have fond memories of reading this book as a child so I was excited to read it with Georgia.  She really enjoyed it, but as a parent I was less than impressed.  I had somehow forgotten that  the book is all about the things that Frances does so she doesn’t have to go to sleep.  Georgia currently doesn’t do anything like that and I definitely don’t her to get any ideas. Not to mention the fact that Frances’s dad threatens a spanking to get her to finally go to bed.  Even though Georgia liked it, it’s probably best saved until she’s a little older.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Georgia picked this one out because she’s been really into tigers lately.  The story is about Mr. Tiger, who lives in a city of animals that seemingly act like humans – they wear fancy clothes, walk on two legs, etc.  One day Mr. Tiger decides that he’s fed up with being so proper so he starts getting back to his roots – walking on four legs, running around “naked”, etc.  Georgia probably got the biggest kick out of the part where he goes “nakey”, but the message is fun and straightforward – sometimes we all need to go a little wild, and that’s okay.

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