This is the first installment of my weekly review of children’s books. Since it is the initial edition, I found it fitting to review one of my all time favorite books to read with the kids: Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton.
First of all, I’m a huge Sandra Boynton fan. In general, her books are terrific and the kids really enjoy them. However, Snuggle Puppy is by far my favorite. We started reading this book to our kids when they were around 12 months old, and my daughter is just now starting to grow out of it at 5. It is a board book, so it’s much more durable with the younger kids.
Snuggle Puppy depicts a mother dog making cookies with her child. As the cookies are baking, she tells a story about how much she loves him. The story is told in a song, but don’t fear. There’s no designated rhythm or melody to the song, so even if you’re not overly comfortable singing, it’s easy. Like all Boynton books, there is a very catchy cadence to the book that keeps the kids entertained, and it’s short to deal with a 2 year old’s attention span.
There are two things about this book that I really enjoy. First, it helps the younger kids to realize that the letters on the page translate into the words that I’m saying. There are a few places in the book where the dogs give a little howl designated by “oooooo.” Whenever I read that, I point to the “oooooo” before I howl. After reading it a couple times, both kids were able to pick up on the fact that “oooooo” meant it was time to howl. All I would have to do is point, and they would howl on their own.
The second thing I really enjoy is that there are designated points in the book where you’re supposed to give your kid a kiss. Even my son who is not much of a cuddler respects the Snuggle Puppy kiss, and he’ll always pucker up. This is a great book to read if you’ve just got home from a tough day at work or are just in a bad mood. In fact, that’s actually what I did today and how I came up with the idea for this weekly book report. I’m pretty sure that it’s impossible to read this book and still be unhappy at the end.
I would say that if you have a kid between the ages of 1 and 5 this is a great book for them. It’s good for girls and boys, and both of my kids seem to enjoy it. I highly recommend it.