The Library Haul

First off, we apologize for being so silent this month; Mama Dino has a new job and though this doesn’t affect our reading time, it certainly affects our writing time. Because we won’t be able to review every book we read (the Littles are voracious readers!), we are introducing a new featured article: The Library Haul. The Library Haul will give a short & sweet rating to each of the books we checked out from the library before we return them. So let’s get started! Today is library day, so before we return this batch to the shelves, here’s The Library Haul.

The Library Haul 1

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

We were initially interested in this book because YA author John Green (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns) mentioned that he loved reading it with his Little. This book does not disappoint! It’s a delightfully witty story that parents will truly enjoy reading out loud. Other people have complained that the story isn’t really appealing to children, but I think that’s precisely what makes it a great book to read to a baby: very young babies only get as much out of a story as a parent puts into it, and sometimes it’s hard to pretend excitement at books with one word per page. This adorable story is sure to have parents in stitches, teaching babies that books are enjoyable. Win-win!

5 out of 5 Stars

Piggy Paints by Jim Benton

Little S had an okay time reading this book; the wordplay made it a little fun for her as a beginning reader. It was nothing special though.

Two out of Five Stars

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr

I often like to get books that Dinosaur Dad will specifically enjoy reading to the Littles. He spends so much time at work that his quality time with the Littles becomes very precious. We brought The Daddy Book home with that in mind, and it was fun to read, but mostly because of a page that explained that “Some daddies like to watch you sleep” and showed a really creepy illustration of a daddy looking into a dark room. Lol! The illustrations were really basic stick-figures in primary colors, which I get was trying to get down to the roots of that daddy feeling, but Little S complained that it hurt her eyes to read.  Overall we weren’t really into this book.

Two out of Five Stars

My Lucky Little Dragon by Joyce Wan

Little E LOVED this book! It’s cute, it’s rhythmic and fun to read, and has a surprise ending any baby would love! It’s not really a story so much as a description of several animals in the same format as “my lucky little dragon,” for example, “my pretty little platypus.”

4 out of 5 stars

All Fall Down by Mary Brigid Barrett

Little E honestly wasn’t that interested in this book, though in a year or so she probably would be. Better for toddlers than for babies, because it doesn’t have any attention-grabby or touchy-feely stuff.

Two out of Five Stars

BAH! Said the Baby by Jennifer Plecas

Absolutely adorable and fun for both Little S (who could relate to the story) and Little E (who enjoyed us making funny baby noises).

4 out of 5 stars

 Mia and the Girl with a Twirl (My First I Can Read) by Robin Farley

Little S brought 2 Mia books home and was absolutely enchanted by both the topic (dancing!) and the fact that she could read the books on her own with only minor difficulty. Recommend for young readers!

4 out of 5 stars

Curious George: Gymnastics Fun by H. A. Rey

Little S checked this out for reading practice. Labored through the first page, and became completely disinterested with it afterwards.


I Want to Help! by Diane Adams

Oh, Little S adored this story! She is just like the main character, and really loved reading this book on her own as well.

4 out of 5 stars

Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg

We so wanted to love this book because it’s about a dinosaur dad, which is exactly the case in our home you know, but we read this as a bedtime story to the Littles and instead of walking away feeling warm and fuzzy and sleepy inside, we just felt chastised and confused. This book is about a dad who works too much and doesn’t pay enough attention to his kid. Yes, some of the illustrations and story were funny, but most of the time it just felt like a slap to the face to parents who work hard because they have no choice. After all, I didn’t see a mom in the picture here. Instead of helping children understand the necessity of working hard, this book makes a child feel as if working too much is a choice that parents can decide to change if they love their kids enough.


Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska

We would really love to do a full review on this book! It reminds us a bit of Where’s Waldo? books, but with an extra touch of storytelling that the girls just found fantastic. This book has no words; instead, it names 15-ish characters at the beginning, and allows you to choose which one you will follow through the story today. Little S absolutely loved making up her own stories about each character, and this is coming from a child who could never figure out an original story to write for her school assignments. Any book that inspires creativity like that is fine by me!

5 out of 5 Stars

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

Here’s another Where’s Waldo?-esque book. The reader has to find Big Bear and Little Bear in each page. It’s a cute story with a delightful ending, though I recall while reading that some of the story wasn’t quite that great. We enjoyed reading it once, but didn’t select it for bedtime again.

Three out of five stars.

Not reviewed: Pocahontas (movie), Outer Space Chase, and Two Bunny Buddies. Little S read/watched these on her own so we can’t really give a fair review.

That’s it! Our library haul. Time to get a new batch of books 🙂

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any suggestions for what we should read next? Tell us in the comments!


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