Yesterday, I shared with you a new idea for Kid Konnection -- a (hopefully) regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. Today, Booking Son and I are going to feature an adorable little picture book!
Summary: Hippity-Hop! Hippity-Hop!
Grasshopper hops off on an adventure that lands him in lots of peculiar places—the soup, which is too hot; the fridge, which is too cold; the sea, which is too salty; and into the mouth of the big hungry frog, which is . . . well, you’ll have to read more to find out! How far will poor Grasshopper have to hop before he finds the right place to be?
This funny and fun-filled story is brought to life with easy-to-move tabs that allow children to help the grasshopper find his favorite spot. -- Golden Books
Booking Son absolutely loved THE GRASSHOPPER HOPPED! by Elizabeth Alexander and illustrated by Joung Un Kim. In fact, when I asked him if he liked it, his response was "very much!" I thought the book was a little young for him (he's five), but I had a feeling that he would pick this book up anyway because there is a cute little bug on the cover. He's at that age where he goes back and forth between very early readers, longer storybooks, and pre-school type picture books!
He was very excited to see that this book included tabs that allowed him to participate in the reading. What kid doesn't love interactive books? I thought the tabs were pretty big and easy-to-use even for younger children. Every time the words read "Hippity-hop, hippity-hop..., there was a tab that moved the grasshopper back-and-forth and up and down! It was very cute!
The illustrations in this book were adorable. The background scenes were pretty simple but filled with bright colors. There were also a variety of background patterns that almost looked like the pages were cut out of patterned paper. I especially liked that the grasshopper wore little accessories on each page -- like earmuffs, an inner-tube, etc. -- depending on what he was exploring.
When I asked Booking Son what his favorite part of the story was, he didn't hesitate! He said, "when the grasshopper landed in the frog's mouth." As I read the story the first time, we both were quite surprised at the grasshopper's fate! However, the circumstances surrounding the grasshopper weren't quite as they seemed. There was a huge surprise ending and Booking Son thought it was absolutely hilarious. He likes this book so much that he wanted to read it over and over again. I actually caught him reading the book to himself this morning!
Thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of THE GRASSHOPPER HOPPED!
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