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.