Fox in Socks

Our rating: ****

In a series of increasingly more difficult tongue twisters, a Fox tries to find something that Mr. Knox can say.

If you can’t say “Fox in socks on Knox in box” ten times fast, your tongue may need lubrication. What better way than to read straight through Seuss’ book without one mistake? Take courage, though. The book ends with a (relatively) easy section on Tweedle Beetles.

Toot and Puddle: Wish You Were Here

Our rating: *****

Toot and Puddle are two pigs who live at Woodcock Pocket. One day, Toot, who really likes to travel, goes on a trip to the Wildest Borneo and Puddle receives postcards from him.

A funny, well-illustrated book. There are several other Toot and Puddle books, and the first of the series is Toot and Puddle.

The Very Busy Spider

Our rating: ****

A spider is busy spinning her web. Different animals come and talk to her, but the spider doesn’t answer. She is busy spinning her web.

Another good Eric Carle book. Eric Carle has good, colorful illustrations. I like this book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Our rating: ****

One night, a caterpillar hatches and finds that he is very, very hungry. He eats and eats and eats and eats and eats — and soon is a big, fat caterpillar. Then he makes a cocoon….

A nice, colorful, humorous book. I like it.

The Grouchy Ladybug

Our rating: *****

A grouchy ladybug and a polite ladybug both fly in to eat some aphids. The polite one wants to share, but the grouchy one plans on fighting for them. He’s also a coward, though, and so the grouchy ladybug goes off to find something that’s “big enough” for him to fight.

Eric Carle’s books are always fun and interesting. As the grouchy ladybug tries to find something to fight, the pages start out small, and then get larger as the animals he wants to fight get outrageously larger. At the end, there’s a great lesson about sharing and not being grouchy.