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.
I’ve been slacking on Thing I Like Thursdays but it’s not because I have run out of things I like. So, I’m back at it!
TIL #1 – BUNNIES!
I decided the other day, after seeing a super cute rug with white bunnies and orange carrots on it, that bunnies and carrots would be the theme of the nursery for Baby Plum. It is different, it is mostly orange, which is kind of gender neutral, it isn’t overdone, and I didn’t find it annoying. So I started my search for non-feminine or silly orange and bunny nursery items. I do realize how ridiculous that sounds.
I realized only later that perhaps I was attempting to relive a bit of my magical childhood. I had the most amazing rabbit wallpaper in my nursery/childhood bedroom. I still remember it vividly. It was brown rabbits, dressed in clothes, living life in a little village. Sounds weird, but it was lovely and whimsical. My mother remembers that she just had to have it, even though it was a huge stretch financially to buy it.
So imagine my joy when I ran across a sweet little toile rabbit nursery linens (click on the images for links to the site)! It doesn’t look anything like my wallpaper did, but it is rabbits, dressed in clothes, doing everyday activities! (Again, I do realize how wacky I sound.) It is a little expensive for me, and perhaps a little feminine if I end up with male Baby Plum, but I think it is just lovely. I want it for my own sheets. My husband is patient, but I think human-bunny sheets might push him over the edge…
Cottontail Blue Toile from Carousel Designs
The cuteness is overwhelming!
Coming in a close second, and perhaps more appropriately gender-neutral green, is the nursery rhyme toile, also from Carousel Designs. Adore!
Nursery Rhyme Toile from Carousel Designs