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Introducing Bruce the Grumpy Bear

1 Grumpy Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is a fantastic counting board book. This twenty-four page book is filled with adorable animals, high quality illustrations, and vivid colors.

This book makes all three of my kids laugh and smile. They particularly love the fact that Bruce stays true to his grumpy ways throughout the entire book. The illustrations really bring the animals to life for kids.

The book only has thirty-eight words which makes it perfect for reading over and over again. (Trust me I know). I have re-read the book so many times that 1 Grumpy Bruce is now in our Amazon cart. The good news is right now the book is only $4 if you have Amazon Prime.

The only criticism I can find with this book is it might be hard for a child to count the animals in this book if they were just learning how to count. The animals are not laid out in neat orderly rows, and some of the animals do overlap each other in the illustrations. Personally I do not view this as a negative but I could see other parents taking issue with the layout.

I highly recommend this adorable counting book if you have kids between ages 0 to 5 years. This book is perfect for a child who is working on learning to read.

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In the Woods

I will readily admit that I would have never picked In the Woods up from the library shelf if my son had not personally handed it to me. At first glance, this book’s cover did not contain the elements I look for when selecting our board books. The cover does not contain the bold, high contrast, and colorful imagery I gravitate towards; rather, it features a more subtle color palette. Even the title uses a muted yellow and not the big bold fonts I usually select.

My son, however, had unmistakably crawled over to the book cubes, looked over several books, and emerged victorious with THIS book. Clearly, this meant the book was coming home with us.

Once we arrived home, we cuddled up to read this twenty-two page board book. The first four pages did not contain any story line, rather each page simply had pictures and two words. For example, page one featured a picture of trees on a hill. The only words on page one are “sky” and “hills.” After these initial four pages, the story begins to unfold.

In the Woods by Elizabeth Spurr uses basic two word sentences, such as “Fish wiggles.” to tell the story of a boy who goes fishing. After catching a fish, the boy and his father roast the fish over a campfire. Afterwards they both enjoy other camping activities before falling asleep in their tent.

The story was perfect for my ten month old because it was incredibly short. The whole book is only forty-five words long. Each page contains only two to four words, which meant we were able to move through each page easily without my son losing interest.

After reading this book, I acknowledge that it contains a charming, sweet story about a son and his father bonding together beside a river. This book would be an excellent choice for a father and his young son to read together. The illustrations by Manelle Oliphant while subdued are picturesque and match the tone of the story beautifully.

I would recommend this book for children who are 0-3 years. This book would also be a perfect option for a child who is just starting to learn how to read.