Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes To New York by Kevin Hawkes

Size matters - especially when we're talking about BIG laughs!

This book is such a huge hit at my house, my six year old is running around with a Boston accent yelling "wicked" before everything he says! 

The world's largest toddler, known affectionately as Toddie, goes on a trip from his home in Maine to visit the Big Apple.  Toddie and his parents visit many of the major landmarks of New York, and manage to get separated from one another.  The travels, the adventures, and even the end are pure enjoyment.

MOM'S TRY.  The first time I read this book to my son, I didn't know what to expect, and we quickly realized that Mom from New Jersey wasn't quite getting the accent right, even though author Kevin Hawkes helps us out as much as he can with his phonetic spellings!

ENTER THE BOSTONIAN.  A dear friend of the family, and father of two, happened to be in our home one evening and we had him give it a go.  What resulted was HILARIOUS.  As he read the book aloud, we had 7 kids behind him on the deck acting out the different scenes.  I wish I videotaped it! 

All accents, and dramatic re-creations aside, we all loved this book.  Any book set in NYC is a hit with me and my kids, but the illustrations of The Wicked Big Toddlah at Grand Central Station, Yankee Stadium, and Columbus Circle were wonderful!

I won't give it away, but my kids especially loved the last two pages of the Toddlah's New York City souveneir.

A new favorite!

Book Extras:
Random House page - see the illustrations

About the Book:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375961895
ISBN-13: 978-0375961892

About the Author/Illustrator (from Random House):
KEVIN HAWKES is the author and illustrator of The Wicked Big Toddlah and is the illustrator of many well-loved books for young readers including My Little Sister Ate One Hare and My Little Sister Hugged an Ape; And to Think that We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends; The Road to Oz; and Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly.

*Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I wish you'd video taped that too. It sounds like so much fun!

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