What Our Kids Are Reading
In today’s “What Our Kids Are Reading” our colleague and mom of three Deanna shares an insightful look at Mercer Mayer’s series of books featuring “Little Critter”.
The Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer have long been favorites in this house. The oldest, who’s now ten, loved them for years. The twins, at five, have gone through several phases. We’ve got quite a few of them:
It may not look like a ton, but that’s a pretty decent stack for books that have no spine! In the biz we call them Picturebacks, 8×8’s (that’s literally their size) or staple backs. Many of these are out of print and some for good reason. Take the one on the top, Just a Bully. The book actually ends with the little sister hitting the bully back. That is not the curriculum my child is learning in Seattle Public Schools, I can tell you that much. The customer reviews on the on-line-bookseller-who-cannot-be-named are hilariously offended by the message, but my favorite one points out that it’s a great jumping off point for discussion on what does and doesn’t work. Out-of-print titles that are worth seeking include I’m Sorry or Just Me in the Tub.
There are Critter books about relationships with Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, as well as the usual round up of books about the dentist, playing on a team, and potty training. Of course there are the all-important holiday tie-ins for Christmas, Easter and Halloween. Most are down to earth and just darned relatable.
This is the kid who forgets , makes a mess, gets mad, refuses to go to bed, and breaks his toys. Mercer Mayer has a book for that and my kids have read them all. Less wordy and didactic than the Berenstain Bears, Little Critter is cheeky but loving, naughty but remorseful and always learning.
For a look at more Little Critter books you can click here. We think you’ll find a book for just about every situation.
Many Thanks to Deanna for giving us a parent’s eye view of Little Critter and thanks to all of you for joining us at RAoR today. Please share your thoughts in our comments section.