It’s vacation, but what am I doing?
Looking for books, of course. This time it’s all about stories that will catch my nieces’ and nephews’ imaginations, regardless of age. It also goes without saying that I usually find something in the speculative field, since that’s what I write personally. Luckily for me, we don’t have that kind of genre distinction in children’s literature.
However, there are exceptions, and I don’t always buy books with any kind of a plot–as evidenced by my recent purchase for one of my young nieces: Cookie Count by Robert Sabuda.
Robert Sabuda is the king of pop-up books in my opinion. He’s got a number of them out–just search his name on Amazon, and they’ll all appear.
The premise of this one–counting cookies, with the help of little mice–makes for a visual treat. The colors are bright and appealing, the cookie choices interesting, and the mechanics of the pop-ups amazing. Pinwheel cookies on a silvery fork that twirls? You can’t beat that for craft.
I initially purchased this for a three-year old who loves it, although she needs someone beside her to ensure she’s careful enough. But another copy is going to find a home in my read-alouds just for sheer joy. It’s semi-Christmas themed, if you consider gingerbread houses Christmas-related, but not so directly that I can’t include children with religious beliefs that do not include holidays.
Plus, it would be fun to make cookies after reading this–and how hard can that be after we’ve made individual pumpkin pies, latkes, and tamales? I’m certainly willing to squeeze in one more food-related activity.
Cookie Count makes a lovely gift for a child, but it’s also a treat for the reader. Particularly if the reader is any kind of engineer and needs to discover the intricacies of pop-ups for him- or herself. This one’s amazing.