The Purple Kangaroo
Written by Michael Ian Black
Illustrated by Peter Brown
This humorous book has a monkey that claims to read the audience’s mind. It is a funny book, short, and has one awesome picture for a young baby with big eyes and a face taking up the entire two page spread.
I had fun reading it to my baby, but it didn’t offer me much more than that. He made a hilarious face at the big monkey eyes when the monkey tries to hypnotize the reader.
I think this book will be a fantastic read when my child is older. When a kid is old enough to speak and understand what mind reading is, read this one to them. It will crack them up and make your day. Until then, it is fun to see a baby’s eyes flash when that huge face shows up.
Pecan Pie Baby
Written By Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated By Sophie Blackall
A soon-to-be-big-sister is not as happy as everyone else about this new baby coming. Pecan pie is the red thread through this book, reminding us all that life is lived in the small moments. This adorable children’s picture book captures the feelings of an only child not ready to lose her place in the family. The writing is told in such a way that it sounds like the little girl is speaking throughout the book.
My personal take away was a memory of my own lack of preparation for my baby sister. I wanted a puppy and I wanted that squirmy, reddish, loud thing to go back where it came from. As I read this story to my own three and a half month baby, I prayed that he would be excited to be a big brother. I want to also remember the small things in raising him that he will have his own pecan pie moments with myself and my husband.
I would recommend this book to be read to any child 0-12 years of age getting ready to have a new sibling enter the family. A friend of mine has an entire shelf of books on being an older sibling which prepared her for the event. This book should definitely be a part of that shelf in my own house.
It is fantastic to live in Tucson. I love everything about living here! The weather, the people, 4th Avenue, my family: all amazing. We have a Gem and Mineral Show that is huge. Wandering through it, I was ecstatic! Surrounding me on all sides was one of my biggest passions, rocks and minerals!
Now there is the Tucson Festival Of Books! If I had known about this I would have moved here long ago. However, it wasn’t until college that I discovered this amazing event. Even then I haven’t attended, probably out of some jealousy that others had gotten to grow up with this wonder and I was so far behind. However, now that I live here I just have to take part in the excitement.
I have a husband who cares greatly about movies. He has a list of 1265 favorite movies. I have been impressed by this as I have watched it grow through our five years of marriage. One of my favorite things he has is a collection of lists he uses to find movie recommendations. It occurred to me as I began avidly reading, eating up all the authors on the list for the Tucson Festival of Books, that I could make such a list. I have a passion to share my heart with others, and books often show me a reflection of myself. They teach me something about humanity that is worth sharing with the wider community out there. So, I decided to create a blog sharing about books I have read and giving recommendations about who would enjoy reading said books.
Welcome to my Mommy Book Blog!