Stalling by Alan Katz Margaret K. McElderry, September 2010
It’s that time again…..Toddler Thursday! For Valentine’s Day this week we bought Maddie this book, because what better than a book? She takes after me, obviously, in brains and beauty. To get the book we went to our trusty friends at Little Shop of Stories and found the funniest book! It’s called Stalling, which is a description of bedtime in our house EVERY NIGHT (although we go by the alternate title “Mommy Needs To Watch TV and Read in Peace Please Go to Bed”). In this book Mom tells Dan that he has to go to bed, but he is not ready. He is way too busy visiting mummies, going across the Sahara and seeing a T-Rex. You know, normal bedtime activities. The pictures are a really cool mix of “real life” items cut and melded with illustrations. Everything rhymes as well, which let Maddie be an active participant. Be warned though, this book did nothing to cure my child’s actual stalling tendencies. Should I ask for a refund?
Sector 7 by David Wiesner Clarion Books, September 1999
You guys, this book is awesome for two reasons. 1. the pictures are to die for. Seriously so amazing! 2. There are no words! So you can “read” your child a bedtime story without the effort! David Wiesner is known for his wordless books that convey huge stories and this one is no exception. In this story a little boy goes the Empire State Building with his class. While on the observation deck he makes friends with a cloud. Yes, like a cloud that lives in the sky. Through a couple of twists and turns he is taken to the cloud factory where the clouds are forced to make boring cloud shapes. But they want to show their creativity. What happened to artistry? Talent? If a cloud wants to be in the shape of a squid, I say why not? And so does this little boy. The pictures are knock-your-socks off stunning. And the real beauty is that not only will your 3-year-old love to be able to “read” this to themselves, but your 8-year-old will love it just as much. There is nothing “babyish” about this book.