April 23, 2009

Book Review...Kinda

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I enjoy reading. Alot.

But do not have the time.

Parenting, television, blogging and sleep have all gotten in the way of me picking up a book.

Terrible isn't it?

I do read gossip magazines so I can tell you all about the latest in the world of "Celebrity-Wood". I am an expert when it comes to Brangelina and Octomom.

I know. You want to be me.

Who doesn't?

I also read children's books. Every day. For the last 7 years.

I could probably recite many of them word for word and tell you all about the pictures without even opening up the books. I could also tell you the difference between loaders, excavators and bulldozers. I know all about penguins, crocodiles and Dr. Seuss. And have read every single Berenstein Bears story that exists. Even the old ones before they looked like the "real" Berenstein Bears Annnnnnnnnnnd, I am a know-it-all on how homes are built, roads are made and every single part of a tractor. I could probably build a tractor with my eyes closed.

Yep. This is my life.

I have become an expert using different voices for each character. I am also good at condensing the story and telling it in my own words because if I have to read the same thing for the gazillionth time I may just jump out of a window. I have a million questions I use to get my children to give details about the story and what they think will happen.

I know. I should be a teacher.

One of my biggest regrets. But that is a post for another time.

I digress.

So I am going to review the books that have been favourites in my home for years. I have read each of this author's stories about...um.....2431 times each and pretty much know them by heart.

My boys love them all.

They are the books that never get forgotten.
They are the books that get searched for when they are missing. They are the books my oldest son will read to himself when he is in a room for a time out for the 14th time in one evening.

Maybe I should read discipline books.

Anyways, I love, love, love any and all books written by

Robert Munsch.

Ever heard of him?

If not, shame on you.

If you have, then you know how great his books are.

+ many, many more.

This is my all time favourite book.

Down here.

Get it.

Even if you don't have kids.

Or your kids are grown.

Why are these books so great? Well, for many reasons actually.

They are simple stories.

They are funny.

They are repetitive. Sure that's not the most fun for parents but it gets the kids involved and keeps them interested.

His stories have probably occurred in each of our homes so they are very easy to relate to...for parents and for children.

He writes sound effects. I know. That doesn't exactly make sense. He uses words like "glub glub" and "whoosh" + many other creative words which allows parents (and kids) to go nuts with their enthusiasm while reading.

Now does it make sense?

Oh yeah...and the pictures are awesome.

Have I convinced you yet?

Ok. If not, do this.

Buy/borrow one of his books and read it once to your kids.

When your kids ask you to read it again...and again....and again......you can say, "Momma was right".

And thank me with chocolate.


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That.Girl said...

I love the title of your blog!

Heatherlyn said...

We are familiar with most of these books! Right now my younger kids are in the early reader phonics books, and with girls we have the magic fairy series, and the older kids can finally read books that I might actually enjoy! I did really like the Gregor the Overlander series. Seriously, it's great. If your child ever brings it home you'd probably enjoy reading it too!

Lizgizzy said...

I liked your reviews. I read every day to my 3.5 year old, and only recently have I been able to sneak reading adult books back into my routine. I didn't realize how much I missed it.

Jenners said...

I'm always looking for good kids books...I will definitely check these out!

Trudy Tilseth said...

Visiting from Mama Kat's! Ahh...I love this post. I'm not a mommy yet, but did teach preschool for 7 years and your last book is my favorite too! I even made a little tune up to the phrase that is repeated and I can remember the words because I remember the songs. Did you know that the repetition actually helps the kids learn to read!

Awesome post, thanks for sharing the books!