Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean

Pete the Cat rides around on a skateboard checking in with his friends. The language is hip and artwork bright and fun. My daughter likes that they move around. I like that too. And the hip language and vibrant unpretentious artwork.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Peanut and Fifi have a ball by Randall de Seve

Two siblings fight over a ball. My daughter likes that they are fighting. I like the healthy competition and also the fine artwork.

Reminder about our book reviews: As you know, we randomly select books off the library shelf. Well, not entirely randomly. I reject books that have too many or too few words in them. I reject books that are thematically inappropriate (like "My teacher is having a baby" which seems focused on a particularly event, for example). But that's about it. Since we will go through a lot of books throughout my daughter's childhood, I try not to miss any by going shelf-by-shelf, and the library organizes these shelves by author's last name. I blog about the ones we love most.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus

I love this book. I love so many things about this book, I'm not sure where to start.

When I was a child, I remember hearing the book Stone Soup. In it, a community comes together to make a delicious soup despite each not having very much. I ordered Stone Soup for my daughter, but I got a version where some con men come to the town and take advantage of the villagers, manipulating them into making the soup instead of building community together with them. I did not like that version.

Empty Fridge is the same community-building story, even better. They live in an apartment building, and they get together all the time to make a meal together (it turns out in the end). What's more? They don't make soup, they make a quiche.

Now I am going to buy this book for my family and every urbanist family I know.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory

A sweet book about family togetherness, a bunch of giraffes attempt to take a photo together and have to deal with one of  them not fitting into the frame. I love the art. My daughter loves that one of the giraffes is short and that some of the giraffes are yellow.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

This little urbanist from the SFGate halloween costume contest inspired us. Maybe next year we'll do something similar.

Sidenote: our friends made the sushi roll shown as image #3. Yum.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Maisy books by Lucy Cousins

My daughter loves the Maisy books. We recently took out of the Library
Maisy Learns to Swim and
Maisy Goes on a Sleepover.
I asked my daughter what she liked best about each one. In both, she likes what the ate (or that they ate, hmm...). She's also very interested in swimming and the idea of a sleepover (never having been on one). I like the chicken in the swimming pool and the design on the outside of Maisy's friend Tallulah's house.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

hardly strictly all the best artists who played

My daughter and I love the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival every October in Golden Gate Park. We don't get to stay very long because young miss can only stay cool for so long. But this year, my favorite artists we saw were:
Malawi Mouse Boys
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Of course, many amazing artists played. These were just our (read: my) favorite this year. Thanks for listening.