Author: Matt

  • Lambert the Sheepish Lion

    [amazon_link asins=’0717284190′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ea6c763c-9e23-11e7-8e25-0b1ae8a4c853′] This is a book version of a 1952 Disney short directed by Jack Hannah (not the same Hannah as Hanna-Barbera) and written by Bill Peet, who went on to write dozens of children’s books (all of which are still in print) including Kermit the Hermit (1965) and The Ant […]

  • I’ll See You in the Morning

    [amazon_link asins=’0811865436′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e8305ded-9e22-11e7-b6a9-67ce4bb73f67′] Like all the books on this site, this is one that our kids pull off the shelf and ask to be read over and over. A difference here is that they’ve been hearing this book being read longer than they can even remember. The theme is of comforting a […]

  • Blueberries for Sal

    [amazon_link asins=’0670175919′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cf4d7487-6be2-11e7-97be-997a78b25df3′] Some books don’t age well. The customs and styles of a certain era aren’t necessarily appealing decades later. Blueberries for Sal, however, has aged well and is just as delightful as it was when I read it in the 70s, when it had already been in print for thirty […]

  • Moana

    I’m normally a pretty cynical person, but I thought Moana was just great. Great story, great music, great everything. (The executive producer was John Lasseter, who produced and/or wrote/driected most of the great Pixar movies before and after the Disney purchase, which may have something to do with the quality) [amazon_link asins=’B01MRNUJUO’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ […]

  • How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World

    [amazon_link asins=’0064432181′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b23bf751-68ab-11e7-ad97-01eafc4b19de’] This book answers a question every kid asks at some point, “What would happen if I dug a hole and just kept digging?” The journey soon requires the construction of a very heat-tolerant “no-spaceship” that is like some kind of submarine drill thing. (The schematic for this vehicle in […]

  • Wacky Wednesday

    [amazon_link asins=’0394829123′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7137c9c2-68aa-11e7-a498-71c063d61886′] This was a favorite of mine as a kid, and has been a huge hit with our kids as well when I rediscovered it. It was written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by George Booth. The book does not get as much attention as other Seuss books, perhaps because […]

  • Jungle Party

    [amazon_link asins=’0545362504′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9a7f3bc8-5137-11e7-b51b-f3c717739285′] This is another book that our kids regularly pull off the shelf year after year. It comes with paper dolls, stickers, and a party hat, and other stuff, so has some extra fun. We have since lost everything but the book itself, but we still enjoy that. The papercraft […]

  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

    [amazon_link asins=’1902272390′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’37b82cfb-512b-11e7-8cd6-a3b6529f2a19′] There are plenty of collections of nursery rhymes, partly because the text is not copyrighted and publishers don’t have to pay author royalties. But nursery rhymes remain popular among young children because they are fun and the simple rhymes make them a good too when learning to read. It’s […]

  • Peek-A Who?

    [amazon_link asins=’0811826023′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b685d75e-511f-11e7-a717-8dac3381d19d’] This is one of the books that has survived multiple children. It’s been chewed on, dropped, thrown, left under couches and sofas, and traveled with us to faraway places. It’s only a few pages, with a handful of words, but this gets the A+ seal of approval from our […]

  • Parenting Rules

    A growing list of wisdom I’ve gained over the years. • No grudges/punishments after midnight. This applies to spouses as well. Everyone (including you) gets a clean slate in the morning. Everyone deserves a fresh start and second chance. And just as importantly, it’s stressful and exhausting to try and remember every bad behavior that […]