Monday, January 11, 2010


I have great neighbors.  The kind of neighbors John and I dreamed about when house hunting.  Funny, smart, kind and  they have a child near ours in age.  They have done amazing things for us, like the Mrs. planting the flowers I had mentioned I wanted to get for our front yard, in our front yard while we were out one day!  Letting us borrow their space heaters when we had no heat.  And we've had good times too... many a summer BBQ, pool party, and holiday have  already been spent with this family.  So when the Mr. mentioned he had a friend who had wrote, and published,  not just one children's book, but a series of six, I had to have a look!  And since I'm all about supporting one another and I know you all are too, I had to share my thoughts about the first book here.

This book is written in rhyme, which is always fun, and has great illustrations.  As a side note, the illustrator - Lisa Adams -  is the same artist who created the Baby Gap teddy bear. Fun fact.  Anyways, the story has a great moral- nothing of value in life is free, you have to work hard.  But my favorite thing about the book is that it doesn't dumb the text down.   CJ Connolly uses words like ponder, humongous, perplexing and frazzled,  and phrases like  "bending your ear" instead of "talking to you".    I am a huge fan of books that introduce new words and phrases to my children.  And while my girls thought the two main characters were cute, I'm sure they would be even more relatable if you have boys- and there is a whole family of fleas that are introduced within the course of the series.  Anyone who can make fleas interesting, entertaining and educational characters has my support! 

You can read more about the series and purchase the book HERE.


Colleen said...

That sounds wonderful! I also have an aversion to dumbed down children's books. We might have to give this one a try.

beth said...

That looks like a cute book! I am so jealous that you have such nice neighbors. Our neighbors pretty much keep to themselves. We don't know the names of any of them, and we've lived in our house for three years. The exception is the old curmudgeon that lives next door, and the only reason we know his name is because when we first moved in he asked us for half the money to put in a fence! Oh, did I mention, he doesn't like noisy children? And we have five of them!

Shell said...

That book sounds like a keeper!

And what fabulous neighbors.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like such a cute book. Too bad my kids are a little too old for picture books these days. I do have a couple of nephews that might enjoy the book though.

MoonNStarMommy said...

I loooooooove kids books. They are the best, all the bright pictures and cute story lines. I have a large library of kids books. I couldn't resist, I had to become your 100th follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

Kaylen said...

I agree----books teach new words! Why not use words that are going to increase their vocabulary? There's no reason not to!!!

I love the unusual characters of fleas. Best of luck to this writer!

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