This book is a classic, and an essential book for some children who are beginning to learn how to read. It’s fun for parents and children to read together, but I got tired of reading it after the tenth or so time. It reminds me of the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas” in that there is a mountain of words you have to climb over to get to the end.
Calvin and Hobbes ran as a daily newspaper comic strip from November 1985 and November 1995. It was an essential part of my childhood and manages to resonate with children and adults today.
Watterson did not have children during the time he was writing the strip, yet showed real insight into the dynamic between an active child and his exhausted parents.
There are several collections of the strip available.
We had never heard of this book when it was recommended to us. We have since read it about a brazilian times. For a few months it was always the one our two-year-old wanted to read before bed.
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Our 3 year old loves the David books and can “read” along since we have read them many times. The books are full of imaginative illustrations that will appeal to children and adults.
This book has been a hit with our 3-year-old and our 6-year-old, betting lots of laughs.
It was a hit at the pre-school as well, although the one teacher didn’t like the book’s use of the word, “butt”.
Warning: the book tends to animate, rather than calm the children, so is not a book to put them to bed.