We get a lot of children's books in the mail. This is great, but we're a few decades away from the target demographic.
Wouldn't children's book reviews be so much better if they were written by, well, children?
And so we turned to the Associate Books Editor, Zoë, who has three younger sisters: Isabel (7), Olivia (6) and Sofia (4). Who better to give expert opinions on this fall's hottest children's books?
This season contains some unusual treats, including a new book from "Where The Wild Things Are" author Maurice Sendak and a posthumously published volume of poems by Shel Silverstein. Pulitzer-prizewinner Michael Chabon also took a shot at his first children's book.
Which ones will keep the little one's entertained, and which are little more than replacement roofs for dolls houses?
Here's what the girls (as well as their mother) had to say:
Olivia: "This is cool because it's really a kid who thinks he's a superhero, see? The kid's shadow is behind Awesome Man, so that means he's really a kid... then, when he goes home, his sister is one of the bad guys. The pictures are really good. He did a good job of coloring them." Mom: "What a great idea...when you're feeling out of control, retreat to your room and grab yourself in a 'ginormous Awesome Power grip' to calm right down. I got a few people in my household I wish would take this advice from Awesome Man. We will have to read this book several more times to ingrain the seeds of wisdom within it."
Olivia: "It's kind of vampire-y and it makes me excited that Halloween is coming up." Mom: "Since I'm not too keen on reading counting books, I'm happy this is seasonal."
Olivia: "The swines are really weird. But the book is funny, and 'Ain't that fine?'" Mom: "This is the most psychedelic pig party I've ever seen. Maybe a little TOO psychedelic for some, but definitely fun to read with lots of humor for kid and parent."
Olivia: "I like it because it looks like you can touch the bugs but you really can't. The one with the ants is the coolest because it looks like they're going into their ant hill in the book." Isabel: "My favorite is the huge Goliath Beetle because it really sticks out of the page." Sofia: "Look at that tarantula! It looks really furry!" Mom: "A huge hit in the household. It's so 3-D that it gave me some shivers... all the kids screamed and grabbed for the images of insects visually popping out of the pages."
Olivia: "This book is cool because it's tall. The pictures are very good...but the story is boring." Mom: "Beautifully illustrated, but who is this written for?"
Mom: "Beautifully illustrated book finally explained to us where all of our animal friends go when it freezes outside! The illustrations would make lovely wall art for a kid's room."
Olivia: "These poems are funny. But some of them are gross....like 'Nasty School.'" Mom: "I'll be reading these aloud to myself if no one else wants to hear them."