"Bob Kolar is one of my favorite illutrators. Big Kicks and Hello School Bus are two other books of his that I have very much enjoyed reading with our boy. This book has lots of vechicles to engage our little man - What's that?"
"Of all the trucks in the world, our son likes garbage trucks - so why not nurture it? When the garbage men come by our house, we run outside to wave to them. They wave back, say hi to our son, and honk the horn. And the neighbors watch from their windows with big smiles on their faces. Who knew garbage trucks could bring so much happiness? At 25 months, this book is in the top 3."
"Pictures of trucks and their official names. Without a story it's difficult to keep dad's interest. I think our son will show more interest in it when he can pronounce and remember the names of the trucks. Age appropriate 3-4 years."
"The three stories in this book have detailed plots probably more suitable for 3+ years. When I made this realization a few months back, I sought out other, less robust (textually speaking) books. To overcome this obstacle with our 15-24 month old, paraphrasing was a useful tactic."
"This story has a lot of text. A cute story that combines dinosaurs and trains. At 15 months our son tore several pages out of this book. So I don't think it reached its full potential. Probably more suitable for kids 3+ years."
"I'm having a hard time remembering who's who on the Island of Sodor (e.g. Edward #2). The reason I like this book is because a description for the most common characters is provided. The fact that I can sing most of the verses is a bonus."
"My son loves the Bob the Builder song - they must play it at school. A lift and flap book - with text under many of the flaps. Now that we have a BTB dvd, I often confuse my son's request for "Bob" with "Ba-ba" (which for our boy means bottle)."
"I'm having trouble working this book into our routine. There is no text (which I thought would level the playing field) but there are many pictures and lots of pages. Our boy's interest lasts a few minutes. I estimate age appropriateness at 3-4 years."
"This book was one of my favorites growing up. The story emphasizes the fact there are consequences - in the case of the Pokey Puppy - for being late. The amount of text for all the golden books listed here is a lot more than I remember."
"Who would have thought this book would have gotten so much use from our boy? Not me. I'm pretty sure the story takes place at an acquarium in Manteo (NC Outter Banks). Anyhoo, our son loved this book from ages 17 months to 21 months."
"When we got home from the bookstore we realized that neither one of us wanted this book. Apparently our boy pulled it off the shelf and gave it to my wife. She thought I had given it to him for her to purchase. Too funny!"
"On the version we have there are movable parts (most of which have been torn out of the book). We knew it was going to get ripped up but gave it to the little man any ways. Probably age appropriate for 3-4+ years or girls 2+."
"I love this book. It is a cross between the Big Orange Splot and the Hungry Caterpillar. Caterpillar knows she's got to get to Mexico but doesn't know why or how. The philosophical questions raised by the story are several and dynamic. Our son loves it too - lots of giggles!"
"A good bedtime story about the farm animals going to bed. I love the part about the mice being the only animals that are awake at night. This story encourages kids not to worry if they hear noises in the middle of the night - they're just mice :)."
"This book has a built-in finger puppet. It's fun to tickle the big guy with the puppet. I advise using caution, however, and not let your kids test out their bites on the finger puppet - that is with your finger in it - ouch!"
"I love the book for its attempt to translate Romeo and Juliet to toddlers. Some of the artwork, however, is a bit confusing as the book is principally a "learn to count" book. The balcony which represents "one" is a muddle of various objects such that it doesn't intuitively translate well. The same can be said for the page on bridges and roads."
"Wow - I love this book and so does my son. It's been awhile since a new book has really perked his interest. In addition to the dad-approved anti-bullying narrative, there are colors which morph into numbers. Too early to tell if it's a top five book - but I'm thinking it just might be!"