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This is a lovely book. The illustrations are a delight, drawn and watercolored around each cream-colored page. The gentle text is less a story than a character description. Actually, its really a listing of what Ruby likes — red shoes, gardening, quilts, and her grandmother. Everything is very feminine and precious. The point here, inasmuch as there is one, seems to me to savor the things you enjoy, and be aware of your own warm feelings about what you enjoy in life — like this charming book!

Fun and witty illustrations make this delightful story so much fun to read and page through. I often see articles warning today’s parents about the dangers of micromanaging our children’s lives, which are, after all, THEIR lives. The story revolves around a mother forcing her child into a mold — wacky, homemade clothing — that he doesn’t really appreciate, without her realizing how that’s affected his life. So, the boy starts making his mother wacky outfits for her to wear. Eventually, she realizes that life is more enjoyable when lived in your own skin. The “naked” part isn’t really the focus, as all the other animals don’t wear clothing. It’s a gentle, yet important, lesson we all need to keep in mind while raising our own little ones.

My older children still love the Dr. Seuss books, like everyone else. And they’ve watched the various specials over and over. Plus, they enjoy the Dr. Seuss TV series, like “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss” and “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” But our little daughter is still a bit confused by the good doctor’s wacky tales and fun-and-funny goings-on. So we’re all happy about this new board book for budding Dr. Seuss fans. The two “Things” are a favorite of many children, and they are the stars here. Here, they’re not up to any mischief.

Instead, they’re enjoying all the new things each Spring season brings. The colorful illustrations are fun introduction to them all — including baby animals, showers, and flowers. And, being a high quality board book, our toddler can enjoy it on her own. Plus, since it is just 50 words or so, even our beginning reader children can read them to their younger siblings. I’m so happy to see our children sharing this book with each other.

This charming and funny board book re-imagines “There Was an Old Woman who Swallowed a…” folk song in a fun, medieval context. If you aren’t familiar with that version, or the general format, it is a “cumulative song.” In each verse, the song gets added to — with a progressively sillier element. The song gets longer and longer with each new verse. In this fun-and-funny medieval version, the dragon first swallows a knight, with the comment, “I don’t why he swallowed the knight. It wasn’t polite!” and goes on from there.

As in the “old woman” version, each thing the dragon swallows is to remedy a problem caused by the previous one. There is nothing grotesque here, as everyone is alright in the end, and it’s all in good, silly fun. Well-written, with colorful, delightful illustrations to match, this is a great idea for any library — at home, school, or public. I especially appreciate how the book establishes cause and effect so clearly — with unintended consequences included. That is something essential that everyone needs to learn. I’m delighted to see it presented here in such an engaging way.

This is another edition of the fun series, where kids travel around the world — via amazingly possible yet utterly improbable systems — solving mysteries while visiting all over, from glorious monuments to goofy roadside attractions. I believe this is the third book in the series, but like Nancy Drew or Tom Swift, each book seems to stand on its own. The books are well written and wonderfully imaginative, which is all so much fun.

Not to spoil anything for future readers, but here, they visit places like Seattle’s Space Needle, the World’s Biggest Ball of Twine, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Hess Triangle, the Uniroyal Giant Tire, Spain’s Alhambra fortress, and more. Again, not to spoil anything, but the vehicle system may or may not be similar to monocycles riding on a sort of gigantic, secret roller coaster… So much fun! There are maps and an answer key at the back, too.