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I am not much of a laugh-out-louder, but I found myself
doubled-over with tears in my eyes more than once while reading This is
ridiculous, this is amazing : parenthood in 71 lists by comedic blogger Jason
Good, of JasonGood.net. Here Good compiles lists that many parents can relate
to, including “Reasons your toddler might be freaking out” (he jumped off the
sofa and we weren’t watching) and my personal favorite, “Oh, the new and
wonderful new things you’ll get to do” (put someone in a Bob the Builder
costume while fighting off diarrhea). There are actually some good tips that
can be gleaned from several of his lists, like “Games you can play while lying
down,” which if done correctly, will allow you to catch a quick nap (Put all
the sunglasses and hats on Daddy) (Put Daddy in ‘sofa jail’) (Vacuum Daddy). I
can particularly relate to the list “Love hurts : especially my shoulder” where
Good details various injuries he’s sustained playing with and chasing around
kids…brought me back to two summers ago when I injured my knee jumping on a
trampoline with my daughter, then re-injured it a few months later while doing
a side slide on the kitchen floor to Don’t stop believin’. I was forced to wear
a knee brace for four months until the knee finally healed. Ahhhhh…parenthood
has its struggles. But thanks, Jason Good, for making me see the humor in them.
This is ridiculous, this is amazing
It’s okay to be different and this book is about a little crocodile (well, maybe), who has many brothers and sisters with whom he wants to play, but he cannot play with them because they all like to swim and play in the water, but this little crocodile does not like the water. He even saves up his money to buy a swim ring in an attempt to learn to swim, but, it just won’t happen. He gets very cold in the water and he begins to shiver, and then, he sneezes FIRE!
This little crocodile does not like to jump, either. However, he is VERY good at doing other things such as… flying and climbing, and something else that if I reveal it to you will give away the surprise ending! The illustrations by Gemma Merino are uproarious and simply convey the emotions of The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water.
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
When Theodora’s grandfather dies, he leaves her a whispered message and the responsibility to care for her drifty mother, their Brooklyn townhouse, and $463 to hold it all together.
Over the course of this layered story, Theo and her new friend Bodhi work on deciphering the message, which sends them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jefferson Market Public Library, the Center for Jewish History.
Under the Egg is an adventure story that gives the reader terrific characters, World War II history, good guys and bad guys, and a lot of wonderful information about art.
Under the Egg