by Lane Smith
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars (not for kids!)
This book quickly made the rounds at work and we were all giggling hysterically. The woman with a 14-year-old daughter and I were the only ones to get the page where the donkey reduces a page of Moby Dick to texting acronyms (the 30-something, fairly tech-savvy woman and older women did not get that part at all) and it was one of my favorites. I am reluctant to say too much more to give away the magic, but the last page is priceless. Please note, this book is much more for adults. Definitely read it first if you are concerned about mild swearing in front of your innocent little one(s).
by Mo Willems
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
In the same vein of “more for adults than kids” comes Knuffle Bunny Free. I’m going to take this time to restate how much I enjoy Mo Willems. While my life would not suffer for the loss of the Pigeon (which I just find really hard to read convincingly, given that I don’t do voices), I enjoy Elephant and Piggie and have loved the style and content of the Knuffle Bunny books. He was also featured in this film I saw last Tuesday, and was pretty funny. I was pleasantly surprised by the title of this one, feeling that it was clever and yet indicated it was tied in to the series number in a cute, kiddie way. They all make me tear up, this last one the most. It came in on hold for someone and we quickly passed it around before putting it on the hold shelf (shh, don’t tell). Our little Trixie is growing up! Go join her for the ride!