Monday, March 08, 2010

Maria's Book Nook - The Wonder Book

I received The Wonder Book by Amy Krous from Harper Collins Children's Books and we have not put it down. 

Here is a video of Amy talking about her book.

When I first flipped through the book, I was excited to read it to my kids. I wanted to read from cover to cover but found myself skimming which as I look know is exactly what Amy writes in the front of the cover jacket. "You can open the book up anywhere and read."

Description from Harper Collins Children's website:
The Wonder Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Paul Schmid

Hello, You!

So . . . this book is full of stuff I've always wondered about . . .


* Did Miss Mary Mack have friends who liked other colors?
* Could everything important about the world be summarized in a poem that rhymes?
* How do Moms always know when you're about to sneak a cookie?
* Who hid something under the Tooth Fairy's pillow when she was a little girl?

Inside you will find stories, short poems, lists, palindromes, visual treats, and random observations. Some parts are happy, some sad-ish, some silly, some serious, some crunchy, some with a soft center.
The book brought back a lot of memories such as The Miss Mary Mack song to which Amy adds on by adding other friends dressed in different colors. I had never wondered about Mary having other friends but found it really fun to sing along to Amy's rendition wishing I had a friend to do the song with me. My daughter is too young to get the whole hand clapping thing.

In A Nutshell: I think this is a brilliant book and really fun to read out loud. There are so many parts of the book I want to talk about like; Word Play (In Four Acts) "The Bicycle couldn't stand alone (it was two tired)". Bwaahah.


Stop That! Be Quiet! Please Sit Still!! About a little boy who is constantly being told to "Stop that, yada, yada, until the end when he and his father pass an old man rocking on his swing. Dad says, "Shhh, the man is resting." The man says, "Oh don't stop! Be louder!  I am so glad that you are here! What a lovely spirit you have! And it brings me such cheer!


In the Sea
Don't look under
While I pee.....

The book is really cute! I expect it to be a classic loved by kids as well as adults.

For this mom, what makes a great children's book, is one that I don't hate reading over and over. The Wonder Book makes the grade.

What honey? You want me to read it again? Ok!

You may have read an Amy Krouse Rosenthal book at one time of your life.

Check out Amy's blog here. She is quite the talented author.


  1. Following you from MBC! :)

  2. Sounds great! I will have to check this book out! Great review Maria!

  3. That book sounds wonderful!
    My daughter can relate to the little boy who is always getting told to be quiet and be still--quick! Somebody get me an old person in a rocker!!!

  4. I forgot to mention, I believe Duck! Rabbit! is another terrifically creative book by this author :)

  5. What a terrific sounding book. I think I may get this for my grandson for his birthday.
    I love the idea of Miss Mary Mack having friend who love colors. Of course, now I have that damn song in my head - thanks! :-)


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