What the Kids are Reading (in January 2016)

That Is Not a Good IdeaThat Is Not a Good Idea!That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems by Mo Willems

They are *obsessed* with this one. Great repetition, fun illustrations, and a twist that makes them laugh every time.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You SeeBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle

Wonderfully repetitive – I keep thinking H is going to get tired of reciting it to herself, but so far she hasn’t.

Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You HearPolar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr. illustrated by Eric Carle by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle

Just like the Brown Bear book, only with a polar bear and sounds. H loves this one too, and reads both of them to her sister (and how adorable is that?).

That's Not My HedgehogThat’s Not My Hedgehog by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells

We already owned other titles in the “That’s Not My…” series, but M got this one for Christmas and it quickly became her favorite. It’s all about the scratchy texture on the last page – she loves it! Plus, you know, finding the little mouse on each page is super fun as well.

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Book Review: Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
Two years ago: Book Review: Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller
Three years ago: Getting Geeky: 2012 Reads, Charts & Graphs Style


  1. The Mo Willems book is hilarious. I read that at a storytime and the kids loved it! I loved the Usborne “That’s Not My….” series. My parents had a pet hedgehog for awhile and I would have loved that one. Super cute! I miss reading these books, but sadly my kids are too old now. I will have to wait several years for grandkids!

    • Whoever came up with the “That’s Not My …” series is a genius. They’re super cute, and now Usborne can just have a continual cycle of new books by changing the subject. I love the look of the owl one, but am telling myself that I DO NOT need yet another one of these books. (But it’s adorable! And so is the squirrel one, and the fox, and….)

  2. We enjoyed That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems. The twist at the end was so fun!

    • I know – I laughed, the big kids laughed, even the baby laughed when she saw us laughing. And we’ve since read it a billion times approximately and every time they laugh.

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