A few weeks ago Emi attended her first book reading/signing. We were eating breakfast at one of our favorite spots in the city and as we were walking out we saw it... a sign in the book store for the Amy Krouse Rosenthal. What luck! We absolutely adore her and were tickled pink to discover she would be reading her latest book, Duck! Rabbit!
While Emi was probably the youngest in the crowd she tried her best to listen to Mrs. Rosenthal describe all about the inspiration for her books.
Amy was very engaging and had some children from the audience go up and read stories with her. After she read a couple of her favorites, we were able to have her sign a few books for us to take home. Hooray!
As much as I love Emi's interest in books, there are a few I could do without. One book I particularly detest is Good Night Moon. If you ask me, this book blows – it's painfully repetitive and features a creepy old rabbit lady whispering "hush." Not exactly the last image I’d like to see before going to bed. However, Emi goes nuts for this book, thanks to my mom, who taught her to look for the little mouse on each and every page.
What I appreciate most about Amy Krouse Rosenthal is her simple storytelling, layered with memorable wit and charm. I believe that parents love her as much as their children because her books are so bearable to read, even for the 105th time!
Here are some of my favorites:
Darling book, great pictures. Duck! Rabbit! is a fun way to learn all about different view-points and perspectives.
Little Oink is a cute story about a little pig who loves to be neat and clean. The kids think it’s hilarious that he has to make his room messy in order to go out and play.
Spoon thinks he is boring and no fun compared to his friends, knife, fork and chopsticks. He learns to appreciate all that he and the other spoons have to offer.
At the signing, it dawned on me that Amy also wrote one of my favorite books, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. It's not a kids book, but a charming and ingeniously adapted memoir of her life from A to Z. It’s a very easy read and tremendously entertaining.
I'm crossing my fingers Emi will grow out of her Good Night Moon phase. Otherwise, this mom might have to "lose" the book and leave it at Grandma's house.