Little Tiger Picks Up

This is the third book we’ve read in the Hello Genius series, after Penguin Misses Mom and Playdate for Panda. This book reads too much like a series of commands, “pick up your toys” or “pick up your games.” It’s too explicit in its purpose to be as enjoyable as the other two.

Bumblebee Boy Loves…

I’m not really a fan of “here’s an illustration of an action” in this and the Ladybug Girl series.

Tales from Nature: Bird

Similar to Tales From Nature: Owl and Tales from Nature: Rabbit. I like Owl and Rabbit more. In Owl, the owl tries to catch a mouse to eat but the mouse gets away. In Bird, the bird tries to catch a caterpillar and eats it.


Similar to Plane, this is a very succinct rhyming story describing a bus ride in two words per page. I’m a fan of this series.

The Bunny Rabbit Show!

We’ve read four other Sandra Boynton books. This one is a miss. The prose is not as clever or as silly as the other books.

But Not the Hippopotamus

This is the prequel to But Not the Armadillo. The rhymes for hippopotamous are better than for armadillo.

The Itsy Bitsy School Bus

Raises an important question: in a Cars-like universe, how does a baby school bus get to school? There’s no larger school bus that all of the car kids pile into. Everyone drives to school, including the children.

Llama Llama Misses Mama

Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum! was the first book we read in the Llama Llama series. “Llama Llama Misses Mama” is much better. It tells a story of a child who is shy and scared on his first day of school. He loves his mama and school too! Good book.

But Not the Armadillo

A friend gifted us “The Going to Bed Book” by Sandra Boynton, so we decided to start reading other books written by her. The book is playful and the artwork is consistent with “The Going to Bed Book,” so it’s fun to see the hippo and pig make an appearance.