Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ALA Notable Books
I am long overdue in reviewing this book; we loved it so much last fall that it made an appearance under the Christmas tree for one of our boys (when we choose to buy a book, we really think it's special!). This book is disarmingly simple and capitalizes on the willing suspension of disbelief in toddlers and preschoolers. Readers are instructed to do a series of very simple tasks (i.e. "press here") and something "happens" when they turn the page (dots get bigger, more in number, different colors, etc.). The directions get progressively more involved (tipping the book in a certain direction so the dots all "fall" to one side; blowing on dots; clapping; etc.) as do the special effects. At the end, the reader is invited to begin again. Toddlers and preschoolers love it!! They will quickly be able to "read" it on their own, but it's also a fun one-on-one activity.
Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers