Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blog Challenge Day 22: Favorite Children's Book

What's your favorite children's book?

This is a tough one!  In fact, I think I'm going to have to pick two! 

The first is "The Monster at the End of this Book" by Jon Stone.

If you haven't read this, you really should, children or no children!  It's super cute!  Basically Grover (from Sesame Street) reads the title of this book and gets scared!  He doesn't want to see a monster.  So he spends the whole book trying to prevent the reader from turning pages and getting closer to the end of the book, and therefore closer to the mystery monster.  He comes up with things like a brick wall, tape, and paperclips, but of course the reader manages to keep turning pages.  Finally, you reach the end and Grover realizes that HE is the monster at the end of this book!

More recently, they published another version of this story "Another Monster at the End of this Book", which includes Grover AND Elmo, who I adore!

The second of my two childhood favs is called "Sam and the Firefly" by P.D. Eastman.

This one tops my list for sentimental reasons--my dear Great Aunt Ruth read it to me often growing up, followed closely by "The Fly Went By" by Mike McClintock.  This one is about an owl named Sam and a firefly named Gus.  Sam is wandering around at night, looking for someone to play with, when he comes across Gus. Gus wants to show Sam his special trick: He can write things in the sky with his light!  Gus is mischievous and soon causes all kinds of trouble like traffic jams and trouble with local businesses.  A hot dog vendor finally catches Gus in a jar and puts him in his truck and drives away.  Sam follows.  Gus regrets not listening to Sam.  Then the truck stalls on a railroad track.  Sam arrives and breaks the jar, freeing Gus, who writes STOP! in the sky.  The train stops short of the truck and Gus is called a hero and his naughty deeds are forgiven. Gus and Sam fly off home to sleep the day away, but they visit each other each night to play.

I have to throw in one other one.  It was Adam's favorite as a kid and Tyler loves it too. It's called
"Cars and Trucks and Things That Go" by Richard Scarry.

This one has a story to it, the cat family goes driving around and sees all these vehicles and things.  But Adam and Tyler's favorite part is a little "Where's Waldo" feature, where there is a little character called "GoldBug" hidden on each page.  Tyler loves finding GoldBug!

Any great kids books to share? Leave them in the comments!

This is part of a June blog challenge started by Mommy Someday at Waiting for Baby. Pop over there and join in so I can learn these things about you!


Stasy said...

I love Grover. Easily my favorite Sesame Street character. I had that book, too, and I (literally) read it until it fell apart.

mommy someday said...

ooooh...I forgot about Monster At the End....R and I LOVE that book too! :-)