In Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Anna Dewdney takes parents to a place we have all been. A meltdown in a big box store! She truly understands the mind of a toddler as Mama Llama deals with Llama not enjoying the day out running errands and taking care of business. If you have a preschooler, this book is a must. Writing in a rhythmic, rhyming pattern, Dewdney makes the book almost lyrical as she writes our favorite part: "Yucky music, great big feet. Ladies smelling way too sweet." Feeling like a kid again, we could imagine Llama starting to get antsy and ready to leave, even before the trip is well underway. What is nice is that Mama Llama does handle the tantrum well and Llama has to clean up after himself, so it offers a lesson to us all in how to handle situations we may not really like. And in the end, Llama loves his mama. I can't think of a better way for the story to end.
The best family board games are those that include multi-age players, hold the interest of kids and adults alike, and keep everyone on their toes. Max the Cat by Family Pastimes is all of those things and more. Players put Max on his rug on the f... read more
Maybe you and your kids have made it through all of our 100 Books to Read Before They Grow Up. Or maybe when you get to the library none of them are available. What to do? Below are our suggestions for ten slightly offbeat favorites from our bookshel... read more