First off, I want to say before I even begin this post that I’m not a whore. I realize that information should go without saying so I’m not trying to come off all defensive like Nixon and his “I am not a thief” speech. I guess I just wanted to clarify that when I like something it’s not just because I like everything. To illustrate: I can’t stand Good Earth tea. Ewww. Most people love Good Earth tea but I’m not most people. Sorry Good Earth but your tea smells like feet. Another thing I don’t like is books about science fiction. Why can’t everything be based in reality? Is it necessary to worry about what life would be like if we lived in an alternate universe where a robot was president? Sorry, not into it. Oh, here’s a good one: anything crafty. If it involves yarn, glue, beads and especially if there is a booklet of instructions involved, I don’t want to be a part of it.
So what do I like you might wonder. I enjoy glittery nail polish, things that are edible, things that smell delicious (ie: lotions, stickers, candles) and books. I have a big old weakness for books, especially kids books. I have written a post about my favorite kids’ books on Babble but I forgot to include one of Elby’s favorites, Pinkalicious. Yeah, I know, how could I leave that out? I screwed up. Sue me. Let’s just move on okay?
Now, it’s hard to find books that actually please kids. If you have a kid, you know what I mean. To most kids, books are a lot like clothes which is to say that aren’t toys. With that in mind, if you can find a book that puts this sort of crazed glimmer in your kid’s eye, you can go ahead and pat yourself on the back for some great parenting. Me, I’m always looking for a reason to pat myself on the back. Pinkalicious actually got a “YAY! COOL! All the Pinkalicious stories are in here!” And they are. School Rules -where Pinkalicious tries to take a unicorn (named Goldie) to school, Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink -which has to do with setting up a lemonade stand and not drinking Pepso Bismal as the name implies, Pink Around the Rink -Pinkalicious gets ice skates for her birthday and makes them pink with a marker, Tinkled Pink -where Pinkalicious tries to become a stand-up comedienne using stolen jokes (sort of) and Pinkie Promise -I don’t know what this one is about because it’s only January 5th people, get off my back!
The book also has a CD and activities like instructions for setting up a lemonade stand, spot the differences pages, jokes, a page on “how to write your own story” and a lot more good stuff. So every night Elby goes to bed with a flashlight and her Pinkalicious book and reads it under the covers like I have no idea what she’s doing (hello, did that for years myself, my friend!). So cute. And so irritating because she is incredibly difficult to wake up in the morning. You’d think she was in a coma and wanted to stay in it by the way she refuses to move or respond to human voices at 7 a.m. but I digress.
So the book the twins are in love with is “If You Give a Dog a Donut.” Originally it was also going to be for Elby because apparently they read it in her 1st grade class and she was all jacked up because she’s read the other ones in the series. You know the cat and cupcake, moose and muffin etc. These animals all have a serious eating disorder if you ask me but maybe that’s why I like them. I can relate. ANYWAY. “If You Give a Dog a Donut” was a huge hit with the twins who love the fact that the dog drinks apple juice just like they do (and Brittney Spears’ boys). There’s also something less, I don’t know, fantastical (seeing as I don’t like the sci fi) about this book, as opposed to the others in the series. Something a bit more simple more grounded in reality, just a classic tale of a boy and his dog who likes to play pirate and hit home runs. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the whole series but this is the best one.
So there you go. Enjoy my recommends and I will get back to you soon with my thoughts on The Seven Chinese Brothers which I just received from Amazon.