Month: July 2013

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts


For several years, I lived so close to the Krispy Kreme, I could smell the doughnuts while they baked. . . I mean fried. I didn’t darken the door; knowing one visit would be my demise.

Fast forward a few years. . . ML was three-years-old. My friend and I took our children for a bedtime snack at 9:00 p.m. ML was dressed in footie pajamas and a Krispy Kreme hat. At this location, you can watch the donuts being made. We did for a bit. Until the kids started running around on their sugar high.

Just this week the same friend was cursing the “Hot Now” sign. I laughed when The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Isabel Roxas arrived at the library the next day. The sheriff and his deputy are in charge of bringing home a dozen doughnuts safely. They don’t and it shows.

We need a reprise of a doughnut bedtime snack with friends at Krispy Kreme. This time, I’ll bring The Case of the Missing Donut to read.

Who wants to join in the fun? I know Calvin’s mom is in.

P.S. If you noticed doughnut is spelled 2 different ways in this post, check out the author’s blog for the reason. I know Brandy and Amy noticed it.

Haircut Anxiety

Yak BluesClues

This blog allows me to connect with friends I haven’t seen in years. Recently, one of these friends asked for recommendations for her neighbor’s three-year-old. The young child was frightened to get a haircut. Luckily, ML didn’t fear getting a haircut. Instead, the issue was ML and her friends cutting their hair.

I found two books for children unsure of getting haircuts, One is a part of the Early Experiences Series, Does a Yak Get a Haircut? by Fred Ehrlich and illustrated by Emily Bolam. Emily Bolam has illustrated over 100 children’s books.

Usually, I do not recommend television character-based books. They are checked out all the time without librarians needing to booktalk them. However, sometimes they do the best job at exploring various childhood fears. A Blue’s Clues Book – Sprinkle’s First Haircut by JC Schwanda is one of those books.

Also, I found another book about haircuts. I wouldn’t recommend it for a three-year-old, unless you want to replace the fear of haircuts with a fear of monsters. But I brought it home for ML and we’ve read it every night this week. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElliogott


Each child is different but they all have fears from time to time. Thankfully, there are picture books to help parents talk through these fears. What makes your child anxious?

Finally! A Picture Book About a Unicorn


Bob Shea is officially my hero. Finally a non-Dora, non-Pinkalicious book about a unicorn. You must read Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea. It’s filled a huge void in the world of picture books.

There are so many books that feature cats, dogs, bears, pigs, elephants, monkeys, horses. baby chicks, cows, sloths, skunks. . . You get the picture. But there are very few with unicorns as the main character. Bob Shea’s book is the only one I have read that I like.

Publishers please step up to the plate. And while you’re at it. How about some Pegasus books? As ML informed me, they are similar to unicorns. Only difference is Pegasus have wings, instead of a horn.

Not Your Typical Three Little Pigs


My introduction to fairy tales told from a different viewpoint was in the early nineties. In my opinion, The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs By A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith is one of the best books from the 20th century.

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague follows the traditional tale somewhat. However, there is perfectly legitimate reason the Wolf is running around town huffing and puffing houses down. He’s hungry. The donut shop is closed. . . the hot dog stand is locked. . . and the pizza parlor will not let him in.

Some fairy tales follow the same plot but have different characters. In The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara & Mark Fearing the robot meeped, “Then I’ll crack and smack and whack your house down!”

In The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist and Julia Gorton, it’s all about the fish and their finny fin fin. The shark doesn’t huff and puff. He munches and crunches.

What’s your favorite fairy tale with a twist?

Science Friday – The Common Core


ML loves science. Starting this week, I am going to highlight some of her favorite science books on Fridays. I am borrowing the title “Science Friday” from a program I listen to on NPR each week. I’m hoping they won’t mind. Our goal seems to be the same, providing information about science. Their program is for an older set, my Science Friday blog postings are for parents and teachers of elementary school children.

With the adoption of the Common Core Curriculum standards by many states, the publishing of non-fiction books has increased. The expectation that students will read and analyze non-fiction texts is more prevalent than in previous standards.

Since ML was three she has enjoyed “reading” Colors: The Rainbow of the Natural World. This book includes photographs of animals, flowers, and habitats. At six ML is truly reading the words: yellow canary, red gerbera daisy, green artichoke, brown soil, tan sand, blue macaw, orange apricot, purple periwinkle, transparent drop of water, translucent jellyfish, iridescent shell, pink raspberries, gray heron, black ants, white swan, black and white dalmatian, two-tone onion, and multicolor butterflies.

What’s the first science book you remember reading?

Another Brother for Ava


One of ML’s friends just had a sibling born. When, I told ML she said, “Another brother?” Ava already had one. Her comment reminded me of a funny book published last year.

In Another Brother by Matthew Cordell, Davey the sheep is jealous of his new brother. Then he gets another brother. . .then another. . . and another. . . Until he has 12 brothers.

For some reason, I don’t think Carolyn is planning on having ten more brothers for Ava.

Are Stinky Smelly Feet Hereditary?


When I picked ML from camp Monday, she took her shoes off in the car. The smell was atrocious. There’s no other way to say it. ML has stinky feet. Apparently, it’s hereditary. I got them from my dad. . . ML got them from me.

We love Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story by Margie Palatini. Two ducks, Dolores and Douglas are in love, but Douglas has stinky, smelly feet. Dolores passes out every time Douglas removes his shoes. What’s a duck to do?

Thankfully, ML’s and my feet haven’t ever caused someone to pass out. As for my dad’s feet. . . no comment.