Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton (Nook Kids Read to Me, $6.99; for children 1 to 2-years-old)
My family loves Sandra Boynton’s board books and I was excited to get this e-book and read it with my daughter. Unfortunately, the Read to Me option on my Nook Kids app for my iPad reads each page but requires you to swipe and turn each page rather than read the whole book to you. It would be nice to have that auto play mode as an option.
My daughter gets excited to see the story unfold before her very eyes but between the slow, flat narration and the need to flip every page, I can tell this story will not hold her interest or entertain her. I wish I could get my $6.99 back from Barnes and Noble to spend on a physical Boynton book instead.
Frankie Works the Night Shift by Lisa Westberg Peters (Greenwillow Books, 32 pages, $16.99)
People sometimes wonder what it is we cats do all night long. Well, this neat-o book by Lisa Westberg Peters (illustrated by Jennifer Taylor) shows that we keep the household going, doing lots of essential stuff while the lazy humans are asleep. We chase mice, clean counters, empty trash cans, water the yard and call meetings of the Neighborhood Watch Patrol.
Yes, we work while you sleep and if not for cats like Frankie, who knows what a mess you’d wake up to in the morning! This is just a great 32-page book that introduces the young kids to us felines and helps them to learn how to count. OK, so the adults in the household may not appreciate the so-called “ruckus” they claim we make when it’s dark but – as my favorite band the Eagles sing – get over it!
The illustrations are beautiful and do justice to us handsome cats and even the stupid dogs. The end of the story finds Frankie sleeping after taking care of business all night. Let sleeping cats lie is what I say. Oh, and give them plenty of Purina Party Mix Treats. You’d better add this one to the family library.
This review was written by Munchy Arellano, the brown tabby cat. A review copy was received from the publisher. Munchy has received no compensation for his endorsement of Purina Party Mix Cat Treats.
Frankie Works the Night Shift is recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 8.