The lovely author Claressa Swensen made me an offer I couldn’t refuse this week. The offer was to read children’s books and let her know what I think. Well, I happen to love giving opinions and reading children’s books. Below are three books she shared with me.
My girl’s loved the middle book the best. I guess they could start their own blog to tell you about it, but I thought it would be a little faster for me to let you know on here.
Dino Dino Doing Homework by Claressa Swensen
This book is reminiscent of the Llama Llama Books by Anna Dewdney. I say that as a huge, huge compliment as we really love those books around these parts. The rhyming scheme feels natural and leads you through the story in a sing song happy way. When reading to my daughters I slipped effortlessly into the characters and the flow of the story while reading aloud.
The moral of the story was (spoiler alert) that you should do your homework before all the playing. This is definitely a book we will revisit when we get back into the school year. I absolutely love the illustrations. The simple, bold pictures and colors feel like a relief to my eyes. That seems an odd way to explain, but it just brings me joy the way the layout of words and pictures go.
Teensy The Littlest Fairy by Claressa Swensen
This book turned out to be the favorite of my daughters (4 and 6) in the three we read by this author. I was happy to see the range Claressa Swensen has when we moved into this book. This story was not rhyming. The main character named Teensy was displeased with her size.
I thought that I knew the direction this story was going and it threw me a little curveball. How fun to still get surprises from a children’s book at my (slightly older) age. The story encourages eating vegetables and it actually packs a nice bit of info on the different tastes.
Again I have to take a moment to give the illustrator a pleased shout out. My girls fell in love with the fairy drawings, the caterpillar, and the butterflies. We were pretty excited by this book.
Nap Time With Harry by Claressa Swensen
This book was a happy story about twin siblings and their dream car friend Harry. I very much liked the encouragement this book had to sleep. To be fair I am a huge fan of sleep, so there was a natural appreciation for this book right off the bat.
Honestly my daughters were wanting to read about Teensy again while I read this aloud. I really wanted them to be taking notes on how happy Tony and Tina were about nap time. I can’t fault them for still thinking about their new friend Teensy. Having been introduced to a few new character friends today it’s only natural to pick favorite.
I don’t know if I mentioned this previously, but the illustrations are a stroke of genius. A great team up with the author. I look forward to reading this one a few more times. This story is a good send off to bed time with the rainbow slide and Harry. We talk often about happy things we are going to dream about to keep any scary dreams away. This book brilliantly gives us some more things to imagine as we drift off.
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