Egg Drop: Add this to the Really? Book list

April 15, 2009

31z4uxvaal_sl500_aa180_Egg Drop, written and charmingly illustrated by Mini Grey, is about an egg that wants to fly.  He doesn’t listen to all the chicks that advise him to wait. So he travels and ultimately ends up at the top of a tower….and he jumps off…only to discover that he’s not flying but falling.  Splat! He can’t be put back together again…but don’t worry, he doesn’t go to waste–he’s served as a fried egg. Really?

I guess this  speaks to waiting, a tribute to Humpty Dumpty…and I guess not jumping off of towers.



Where the Wild Things Are – Too Scary?

April 13, 2009

imagesWhen President Obama read the classic Where the Wild Things Are at the Easter Egg Hunt today–he really got into the spirit of the book–and, in fact, several kids according to news reports started crying.

Not that I feel good about kids crying–but it reminded me that when my parents brought this book  home to me, it had to be banished from my bedroom.  It was way too intense for me.

Our favorite dogs…

April 12, 2009

Now that Bo has happily arrived at the White House…here are some of favorite toy dogs just in case bringing home the real thing isn’t in the cards…

Biscuit was on our Platinum List last year and still keeps us company in the office.  He’s extremely sweet but still pretty pricey.

New for Spring, from the same Furreal line is a smaller and much more affordable Lil’ Patter Pup.  If  the Gabor sisters were going to have a  toy dog, this would be it…of course that dates me…so if you’re Paris Hilton…you get the idea. There is a Shih-Tsu and a Pomeranian…both bark and unlike Biscuit, they do walk!  At $29.99 they are  a good buy.

We also still love Lucky–who is bigger than Lil’ Patter Pup and does many of the same tricks as Biscuit. Lucky is from Zizzle.

And if a low tech pup will do the trick, we love the new Spot from Kids Preferred. This oversized delicious doll is $29.99.

And if you’re looking for a great book on dogs…I’m biased but I highly recommend my mom’s Have You Seen Dogs?

Chicken Butt!

March 29, 2009

Joins my list of “really?” books for 2009.  A new picture book from Erica S. Perl and illustrated by Henry Cole–captures a son peppering his Dad with Chicken Butt humor.  I’d much prefer a good knock knock joke.

Always Lots of Henies at the Zoo….really?

March 26, 2009

51kjmpprqxl_sl160_aa115_Keeping with our cultural obsession with bodily functions/parts…a new book about all the different types of rear ends at the zoo….with such verse as “There’s a rear for every deer”…”A caboose for every moose”…   Really?  Is  this really the view of the zoo that you want your kids to focus on?