Some Kids Books You Shouldn’t Have to Give Up

Llama Llama book

After I confessed the other day that cleaning out my daughter’s picture books to make way for the “big girl” chapter books made me cry like a very NOT big girl, I realized there’s another facet to this whole mess.

I was sitting with a copy of the latest Llama Llama book from Anna Dewdney when it hit me. See, the book ended up in my house more by happenstance than anything. It came from a publishing house, but I don’t really write about the kids its targeted for anymore. My daughter is 7, and I stopped writing about toddlers for The Stir ages ago.

And yet, it’s been sitting in my dining room for months because I just couldn’t bear to let it go.

The problem — if you want to call it that — is I’m loyal. If you believe in all that horoscope mumbo jumbo, it’s because I was born under the Sign of the Crab (the symbol for which is probably a better descriptor of me half the time). But it’s true.

I stick to the same old brands of toothpaste and mayonnaise. And I like to read the watch the same TV shows and read about the same characters.When it comes to children’s books, the latter is pretty easy. When a character gains even a hint of popularity, the publishers direct authors to keep it going for as long as they can, nudging children toward myriad skills and behaviors at the behest of a lovable little critter with whom they’re already familiar.

In some (OK, many) cases, that means things get ridiculous after book three or four.

But I have to commend Anna Dewdney here. I don’t have a toddler in my house anymore, but when I paged through Llama, Llama Time to Share, I was reminded why all the Llama, Llama books survived the major clean-out.

Her rhymes are simple but clean, the characters impossible to dislike. I can’t help but feel like I’m Mama Llama talking to her little Llama when I’m reading one of Dewdney’s books. You can tell she’s been there, that she’s a parent. They simply capture what it’s like to have that back and forth with your kids.

After reading the whole thing, I even did what I know I shouldn’t … I walked upstairs to her room and placed it on the newly re-organized shelves. Come on … it’s just ONE.

What book series are your kids hooked on that you can’t give up? 

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Disclaimer: Although I received a free copy of Llama Llama Time to Share, I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.    


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