My one-year-old and I are reading through every board book at our local library. For more about this project, check out this post.

This week we skipped over one book we own:

Find the Duck by Stephen Cartwright

Find the rubber ducky in a series of bath time scenes. This isn’t Where’s Waldo level – the pictures are simple enough for toddlers. The text is inconsistent, though. One page rhymes, others don’t. Honestly I might like this better with just the art. But I look forward to when my son is old enough to start interacting with this book.

New books for this week:

1. Duck & Goose Colors by Tad Hills

A decent book about colors, starring the title pair. One thing I liked is that each color comes with two examples, as in, “Duck is yellow, like a field of buttercups.”

2. Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

A serviceable going-to-bed book. Some of the art is pretty clever. If you’re a fan of the character and have very young ones, this will probably please you.

3. Farm Friends by ?

Farm animals all play together, speaking in their various animal noises. Forgettable.

4. Bizzy Bear Pirate Adventure by Benji Davies

This interactive book is awesome! Each page has a slider you can use to make Bizzy Bear do some activity like hoisting sails, steering the ship, or digging for treasure. The moving parts are well made so that toddlers can’t easily rip them off (a problem we’ve had with other interactive books). There’s a whole series of these, including a space travel one that’s going right onto our wish list. Check them out!

5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram

This is a sweet little story about a hare and his daddy telling each other how much they love each other. A little long for short attention spans, and may be a tad too sweet for your tastes. If you like The Runaway Bunny, you’ll like this. They’re very similar.

6. Where is Baby Mickey’s Shoe? by ?

Mickey looks for his shoe in, under, and behind things. Average for a work-made-for-hire book.

7. Bambi’s Big Surprise by ?

Goodness, we have a lot of these this week. Bambi goes to play with his friends, and does verbs – run, jump, climb, etc. What’s the titular surprise? It’s his friends waiting for him. No, really. The title is more or less unrelated to the story. Skip this one. Even if you’re a big fan of the character, there are better titles out there.

8. Naptime by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

A toddler follows his naptime routine. Cute enough, but as the parent of a bad napper I found myself annoyed by how easily the kid in the story went to sleep. Nothing wrong in the story; I’m just jealous.

9. That’s Not My Monster… by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Racheal Wells

A touch-and-feel book showing pictures of monsters. But each monster is too furry, too bumpy, etc. This series is cute and simple, and makes good use of textures for little hands. If your kid likes this sort of book, these are a great option.

10. Wuthering Heights by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver

I haven’t read Wuthering Heights, but this is part of the same series as the Moby-Dick for babies book I disliked earlier. This one makes more sense, as it lists different kinds of weather and includes a quote from the classic novel for each one. The illustrations might reference famous scenes from the book. If so, fans of the actual novel might enjoy this.


Best Book of the Week: Bizzy Bear Pirate Adventure by Benji Davies

I always love to find a new interactive book. This was cleverly constructed and durable, and I can’t wait to see others in the series.

Runner Up: That’s Not My Monster… by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Racheal Wells

A solid touch-and-feel book with good variety in textures.


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