We’ve found some new favorite children’s books at our house. Thank you Chris Van Dusen!
Fun, bright illustrations, interesting stories, fantastic rhymes my tongue doesn’t stumble over and big, lovely words – no dumbed down stuff here! – words like kismet, unforeseen, rivulet, and adoration!
The three we’re loving right now are: If I Built a Car, King Hugo’s Huge Ego and Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit. Boys are probably the intended audience for these books, since they are the main characters, but themes like humility, the value of intelligence, and creativity are gender-less, for sure.
This is one annoying king, that’s for sure. But he is shown the error of his ways in a most terrific way. Critiques? The ending kind of rubs me the wrong way – girl falls for former jerk after one apology and promise to mend his ways. But it is a fairy tale after all, and we try to talk out that part of the story.
This book showcases imagination, and fun. Critique? There isn’t much of a narrative – it is mostly just a cool list of the features the main character would include in a car if he got to design one. But the book encourages kids and adults to think about all the neat features they’d put in their cars or houses if they were not limited by cost or the laws of physics.
Celebrating the value of different talents and abilities! Randy is terrible at baseball, but really good at other stuff. The guy with the brains saves the day!
Images are the book covers, and are from Chris Van Dusen’s site. Please click on a cover to link to his site and purchase the books through his Amazon links.