Ira Sleeps Over

Our rating: ***½

Ira has been given permission to sleep over at his friend’s house. He’s very excited until his sister asks him if he will take his teddy bear along. Ira wants to take the teddy bear, but he’s afraid that his friend will laugh at him.

Ira Sleeps Over is a simple story with a seemingly simple dilemma. After all, how hard can it be to decide whether or not you are going to do something? As this book shows, it can be very hard to make a decision, especially if you risk looking silly. But, as Ira finds out, sometimes we really have nothing to worry about in the first place.

Do You See a Mouse?

Our rating: *****

There’s a mouse in the Park Snoot Hotel! Everybody says there is no mouse, but manager Josh Posh calls in the professional mouse catchers Hyde and Snyde to make sure.

This is one of my absolute favorite picture books. It’s great fun to find the mouse on every page. Note to those reading out loud: This book is much more fun if a different voice is used for each character!