Toddler Thursday – The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot
Scott Magoon
To be released: Feb 5, 2013

I think we’re all familiar with the Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Goodreads says: A classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist.He’s big. He’s funny. He’s not real. Or IS he?  The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!

This clever twist on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is told from the point of view of an unexpected narrator and, through snappy text and lighthearted illustrations, demonstrates the value of telling the truth, the importance of establishing trust, and (of course!) the possibility that a beast you created to get attention can become a real-life friend.

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Toddler Thursday – There Are Tyrannosaurs Trying On Pants In My Bedroom

Do you have a small person that demands books and snacks and constant entertainment? I do. We’re usually safe as long as the books and the bunny grahams hold out. I’m sure we all have books in our collections that when brought to us, causes us to cringe and think “Oh gawd, not THAT one again!” You try to bargain but the tiny overlord is insistent! Nothing but this book will make him happy. What do you do? You take a trip to the library or bookstore and try to find something that you can tolerate to read 284364947 times in a row. I’m going to help you with that. These are toddler-approved options that you’ll actually enjoy.

This week we’re going to talk about a book that I loved as a kid and when I found a copy at a garage sale I squealed with delight and called my mom to tell her. She was less thrilled than I was but hey, different strokes. I totally don’t get her lack of enthusiasm for dinosaurs. There are Tyrannosaurs Trying on Pants in My Bedroom (Little Golden Book)

There Are Tyrannosaurs Trying On Pants In My Bedroom – Jim Heartney
Yay, it’s Saturday!!! Oh no! Mom and Dad want me to do chores! I can’t possibly clean my room-there are tyrannosaurs trying on pants in my bedroom. I can’t rake the yard, there are brachiosaurs playing badmitten in the yard! and so on. My son is old enough that he’s starting to figure out when things are funny without waiting to see if someone else does. (The kid loves shtick. Fall and hurt yourself? HAHAHAHAHA. But he’s starting to get non-visual humor, and that’s a lot of fun for me to find silly books that make him laugh his ridiculous laugh.)

The only bad part about this book is that it’s out of print. Definitely get this one at the library.

Other awesome dinosaur books
If the Dinosaurs Came Back – Bernard Most
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? – Jane Yolen
How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Out Loud? – Jane Yolen (There’s a whole How Do.. series.)
Danny and the Dinosaur – Syd Hoff (there are several in this series as well.)

Toddler Thursday – A few of our favorite things

Do you have a small person that demands books and snacks and constant entertainment? I do. We’re usually safe as long as the books and the bunny grahams hold out. I’m sure we all have books in our collections that when brought to us, causes us to cringe and think “Oh gawd, not THAT one again!” You try to bargain but the tiny overlord is insistent. Nothing but this book will make him happy. What do you do? You take a trip to the library or bookstore and try to find something that you can tolerate to read 284364947 times in a row. I’m going to help you with that. These are toddler-approved options that you’ll actually enjoy.

Oh sorry, I’m not actually here today. I’m just going to share a few of my favorites.
Star Wars ABC
Star Wars ABC

We love Star Wars. What better way to start Junior’s nerducation but with phrases like “L is for Luke. Luke is a legendary Jedi.” and “E is for Ewok. Ewoks fight against the Empire.” See? You have the alphabet AND a basic understanding of Empire/Rebel politics. Also, it seems to be indestructible, which is a bonus with rowdy kids.

 

Let's Get Moving (My First)My First Things That Go

Another indestructible board book. I know, you’re thinking “But aren’t they all?” NO. No, they aren’t. I’ve seen my kid chew one to death with only three teeth. Who knows what he can do now with a full mouth. I digress. Kiddo loves this book. “Wow, truck! Wow, car! Wow, tractor! Wow, bike! Wow, choo choo! Wow, boat! Wow, airplane!” There’s a lot of wow factor with this one. I like it because it’s a DK book and has pictures of real objects instead of silly cartoons.

 

Tabbed Board Books: My First Farm: Let's Get Working! (TAB BOARD BOOKS)
We have the farm version of this book too. Again, the pictures are of real objects! Cartoons have their places, but not when I’m trying to explain that there really is a difference between a cow and a sheep. One of the cool things about this is the animal products are around the pictures of the animal. So for sheep it has a wool, a knitted sweater and a ball of yarn. I think the cow has butter and milk, chickens have eggs. There’s a section just for birds and another section for baby animals “Awww goat! NAAAAAAAAA.”

Toddler Thursday – The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems

Do you have a small person that demands books and snacks and constant entertainment? I do. We’re safe as long as the books and the bunny grahams hold out. I’m sure we all have books in our collections that cause us to cringe and think “Oh gawd, not THAT one again!” You try to bargain but the tiny overlord is insistent. Nothing but this book will make him happy. What do you do? You take a trip to the library or bookstore and try to find something that you can tolerate to read 284364947 times in a row. I’m going to help you with that. These are toddler-approved options that you’ll actually enjoy.

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! – Mo Willems

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!I’m sorry, what do you mean you haven’t had the joy of reading anything by Mo Willems?  That’s sad. Let’s make you happy by telling you about this book!

Pigeon wants a puppy. No, I’m sorry, that’s incorrect. He NEEEEEDS a puppy. RIGHT NOW. He’ll even water it once a month! “Everyone knows that puppies need plenty of sunshine and water!” What happens when toddlers and preschoolers don’t get what they want? That’s right, it’s tantrum time! Pigeon’s tantrums are always short lived and he never gets what he wants (for example: he wants to drive the bus) but this time is different. Puppies are quite a bit different than he imagined and he changes his mind. Now he wants a …

I love Mo Willems. He’s one of the first authors I recommend to parents of small people. His characters are endearing and true to the age group he wants to represent. He used to work on Sesame Street too!

Other awesome Mo Willems books:
Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct
Elephant and Piggie (This is a series. They’re all awesome and we all learn something, like why we should share our ice cream or help our friends to be less sad)
Knuffle Bunny (another series!)
The Duckling Gets A Cookie?!
I know that’s a short list, but I’ve never read a Mo Willems book that *wasn’t* awesome. You’ll be happy with any of his books.

Once upon a time, I followed my husband around Barnes and Noble with a stuffed Pigeon, asking for hotdogs and puppies.
I didn’t know there was other stuff available! Matching games! Movies! Plushies! A backpack! Pro-reading propaganda like this as a t-shirt!