My boys were so excited to hear there was a new Dr. Seuss book coming out. It has incredible mystique and appeal, just because of the fact that it was discovered after we thought we knew about all the Dr. Seuss there was.
What Pet Should I Get? is about kids making choices, and that’s a good thing to practice around our house. I have trouble making decisions, and so does my oldest son. The story is of a brother and sister, who are at a pet shop to pick out one pet by noon.
The words MAKE UP YOUR MIND appear several times through out the book–the book is classic Seuss silliness, but I appreciate that decision making is a practical skill that everyone has to learn and use every day. The kids have a clear task and a set time frame.
The ending is the best part–I don’t want to give it away, but the ending inspires discussion, thinking, and creativity even after you turn the last page.
My copy had eight pages of notes from the publisher about Theodor Geisel’s writing and drawing methods, how this book was discovered in 2015, and art similarities between this and his other books.
I am a big fan of Jen Hatmaker, and her latest book didn’t disappoint. It’s laugh out loud funny, but she also writes about really big stuff–loving God and loving other people. The chapters in each book pretty much stand on their own–which I liked. It’s an easy book to quickly pick and read a chapter or two when when you only have a few minutes.
She writes as though she was a real person, and she makes me feel better about the state of affairs in my own home. I feel much more normal about my less than pristine kitchen, crazy calendar, children having meltdowns and lack of date nights.
On the flip side, she has a lot of challenging big ideas–she obviously has a heart for people, which is something every one of us should cultivate more of in ourselves. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in my own life, that I overlook how I can be serving others. Her words contain many reminders to look outside ourselves and our bubbles, and to show kindness and love.
And then she calls maxi dresses crotchless yoga pants.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, is also laugh out loud funny. I’ve read Kaling’s first book, and was a devoted follower of The Office, although I’ve never seen The Mindy Project. She gives a sneak peek into the life of a celebrity, but is also open about the unglamorous sides of it–for example, how hard she works and her insecurities about her body image. It’s a fast read, and it’s a good mixture of fluff and substance. She talks about how everyone on TV has fake hair and teams of stylists, but she also discusses self confidence and respecting one’s self.
What are you reading? I always welcome good recommendations!