We are in a world where women are still overwhelmingly responsible for child care and child-rearing. But in this story, it's the Dad who has to manage a houseful of rowdy kids, errr, baby dragons, cleaning up after them while trying to keep his sanity intact.Read More
Whewww that title is quite the mouthful. This picture book is based on a real-life standard poodle named, Margaux, and she is incredibly cute.
I think children will enjoy this book as it features cute dogs such as the spunky Margaux doing cute things like running for her cookiebone. I really liked the energetic and colourful illustrations that to me appeared as part Lisa Frank throwback (90’s kids will know what I mean here) and part comic-strip. And the human characters look like they just walked out of a SIMS video game (ok, I’ll stop with my 90’s references here). Overall, the illustrations are a delight! And the poodles are oh-so adorable.
As for the text and the story itself, I found that the story kind of got confusing in parts and the transitions from one event to the next was jarring. I found myself asking a few times, “Wait, what just happened?” Especially the scene with Grandpappa and the Sand Castle.
One thing I liked about the story was that Margaux is a dog who is deaf-blind due to an earlier illness. I liked that the authours talk about disability using a character that kids will love and explaining it in a simple way which should be understandable to a young child. The book does talk about the limitations that Margaux faces due to her dual disabilities and what she does to work around those limitations while still leading a full and fun life. We don’t often see disability depicted in kids books, so this is different and is a teachable moment.
This fun book is written by Laura and Scott Jordan is now on sale at Amazon.
This page depicts the disability. I would say it was my favourite part of the book.
Ok tell me now, isn’t this like SIMS?
Have you read a picture book that leaves you with a big smile after you’ve finished reading it and then you flip back and read it again?
Connie Bowman’s ‘An Elephant in my Bathtub’ is one such book.Read More
The ancient Egyptians tried to answer this with Isis and Osiris, the Abrahamic religions with Adam & Eve stories created by One God, and here it is with the Sun Mother.Read More
My son can see himself as Franklin who gets nervous "jumping frogs" in his tummy before getting on the school busRead More
What a lovely bedtime story this is, isn’t it? Since it provides a signal that with the story and the action winding down at nighttime for the baby Llama and his Mama and the other animal babies and mommies, it’s time for your baby to go to sleep as well!