Book of the Week: Tea Party Rules

Book of the Week, Children's

(For the past few weeks I haven’t posted a Book of the Week post. I want to give a very brief explanation of why. I’ve been reading a ton of picture books for work related reasons. But the picture books I’ve been reading I haven’t been absolutely loving. And I really don’t want to spotlight books I’m not 100% passionate about for these Book of the Week posts.)

Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman Illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Published: 2013 by Viking Juvenile

Reasons Why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I’m going on record and saying this: AME DYCKMAN is awesome! And if you don’t believe me, you should follow her on twitter, read her books, and find out for yourself. I’m sure you’ll agree.

I own my own copy of Tea Party Rules. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s signed to me from Ame! It says that I’m always invited to her tea parties!

I bet she throws some festive tea parties.

From the moment we meet Cub we know that he’s a great character! I love the cool expression he walks around the forest with.

It seems that leaves just cling to Cub.

Playing is always better when there are cookies involved.

Cub thinks that, besides his mother and his sleeping sibling, that he’s the only bear playing in the forest. Well, imagine his surprise when he stumbles upon, not only the cookies, but another bear sitting where he should be sitting.

Cub doesn’t realize that the other bear isn’t real, but rather a stuffed animal.

He tries to talk to it, but it doesn’t respond. He tries to nudge him but ends up knocking him off the chair.

Now, Cub must impersonate the stuffed bear if he wants some cookies.

Cub doesn’t realizing that impersonating this stuffed bear means he’ll have to play tea party. And playing tea party always involves rules. Cub won’t necessarily like these rules.

Tea Party Rule #1: “You must be clean.”

Bear isn’t clean, he’s grubby. He likes being grubby, and to be honest, I like him grubby too!

Tea Party Rule #2: “You must be neat.”

It isn’t enough to just be clean.

But Cub is willing to be clean and neat if it means he’ll get to enjoy those cookies.

It’s always all about the cookies!

Tea Party Rule #3: “You must be fancy.”

Fancy? Bear is a bit scared to be fancy. But rules are rules, and cookies are cookies.

Being fancy means wearing perfume, getting your hair (or fur) done, and wearing a pink ruffly dress.

Fancy isn’t fun in Cub’s opinion.

But it’s worth it.

Tea Party Rule #4: “You must eat daintily.”

This is just too much for him to handle. First he had a bath, than his hair was done, after all that he was stuffed into an uncomfortable dress. Now he’s expected to eat daintily?!? Bears do NOT eat daintily, and he shows his tea party host just how real bears eat.

Cub devours the cookies.

But then realizes how sad his host is. She too was looking forward to those cookies.

As a peace-offering, Cub offers her the very last cookie. Even though, I’m sure, he really wants it for himself.

But friends share, and do things for each other.

The tea party host decides it’s not tea party time. It’s playing like a bear time! ROAR!!!

Cub likes playing bear. He already knows the rules.

The writing is simply great! Author Dyckman tells a great story, with strong yet whimsical writing.

The illustrations are equally as great. The are the perfect complement to author Dyckman’s story.

I absolutely loved this book. And I’m so happy to own this book!


Book of the Week: Tiger in My Soup

Book of the Week, Children's

Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Published: 2013 by Peachtree Publishers

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

The title caught my attention. Without even knowing what the book was about I knew I had to read this book, just by the title.

The cover is just as eye-catching and attention grabbing as the title is.

Beyond that, the use of the colors green and yellow are carried throughout the book. Green just happens to be one of my favorite colors, so it’s like me and this book were meant to be, right?!?

The young boy, the main character, is wearing a strainer on his head.  And he’s fending over a hulking tiger with nothing but a wooden chair and a leather belt. He’s one brave boy!

The end papers show the little boy and the hulking tiger playing a game of hide and seek behind cans of alphabet soup.

I like soup.  So does the main character.

But he doesn’t like tigers in his soup.

Either do I.

The big sister is in charge – of the house, the lunch, and of our main character. But she’s too busy listening to music and reading her book to be bothered with “being in charge.”

The little boy likes to read, but he prefers when someone – his sister – reads to him.

She isn’t interested in his book about a tiger. She much rather read her own book.

I bet there are no tigers in her book. Or her soup for that matter.

Instead of having his sister to read to him, the little boys looks at the pictures himself. He looks at them right-side up. He looks at them upside down. He looks at them from back to front, and front to back.

But sometimes reading isn’t fun by oneself.

I love the little bird that accompanies our main character. He reads over his shoulder.

When he’s bored, the little boy seeks out his sister to ask her if she’ll read to him … now. And she still says no.

She’s paying no attention to him at all. Until he tells her he is hungry.

She makes him soup, and goes straight back to her own book.

I love that both of these characters are bookworms.

In the midst of the steam, it’s where the little boy notices that there’s something puffing up in his soup. And that something is a tiger.

And it seems that only the little boy can see the tiger.

Boy did that tiger look mean.

In order to protect himself, his sister, and his soup the boy stands up against the tiger. Stabbing him with his spoon, chasing him around the kitchen, pulling his long tail and until the tiger is dizzy with pain. He even launches a missile – a cracker – at him.

The little boy’s soup is officially cold.  His sister, not only volunteers to heat it up, but to finally read to him.

And when she roars, the tiger within her comes out.

The book truly shows the power of a child’s imagination.

The writing that fills this book is just as vivid as the illustrations that pop off the page.



Book of the Week: Chamelia and the New Kid in Class

Book of the Week, Children's

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long

Published: 2013 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Chamelia, a small lizard (I believe a chameleon) with a sassy sense of style.

I liked Chamelia from the moment I cracked open this book. She’s full of spunk, a real character, and one that young readers will easily identify with.

I love the end covers – they are striped in various colors and various patterns. It’s eye-catching.

Chamelia is a real star. She likes to dance, sing, and generally entertain all of her school mates and fellow friends.

No one ever steals Chamelia’s spotlight. That is, until a new student – Cooper – is introduced to the class.

Cooper  has a pompadour. And he wears red Chuck Taylors.

Cooper is very talented. A trait that everyone but Chamelia appreciates.

Cooper can paint, he’s good a soccer player, and everyone seems to love the games he makes up after school.

Everyone, to say the least, is impressed by Cooper.

Chamelia’s bicycle helmet matches her pants. Like I said, she’s a sharp dresser! (Cooper too is one sharp dresser!)

Everyone, except Chamelia. Who is a little jealous.

I love how this book shows that everyone gets a little big jealous every now and again. And that jealousy is a feeling that everyone, at some point in time, has experienced.

Chamelia can’t seem to shake Cooper. He seems to be EVERYWHERE! At school, the playground, even in the supermarket.

Chamelia does her best to ignore Cooper. But while she’s busy ignoring him, she fails to realize that, judging from his expression, he’s a little bit hurt.

Not used to living in the limelight, Chamelia hatches a plan to steal Cooper’s thunder, and take back the spotlight: on show and tell day, Chamelia will show he seashell collection, everyone will love her collection better than Cooper’s rock collection.

Everyone is very impressed by Chamelia and her seashell collection. Everyone is also impressed with Cooper’s rock collection, until  Chamelia starts to yawn, blow raspberries, stick her tongue out in disgust. Her plan was working!

But even though her plan was working, it didn’t make her feel any better. In fact, it made her feel worse.

This book shows young readers that it isn’t very nice to make someone else feel bad, even if it makes you feel better.

So, Chamelia decides to share the spotlight, and cheers Cooper on!

Before long, the two are as thick as thieves.

Together they sing, they dance, they entertain!

This is a story about friendship. And about how two unlikely people can end up becoming the best of friends.

What makes this such a great read, isn’t just the superb writing, but the charming illustrations.




Book of the Week: Bugs in My Hair

Book of the Week, Children's

Bugs in My Hair by David Shannon (Received Advanced Copy from Publisher at BEA 2013)

Published: 2013 by The Blue Sky Press

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

This book took me by surprise, it wasn’t what I expected (and I mean that in a good way).

So what surprised me about this book: it was about head lice – a subject you don’t see often in children’s picture books.

It’s an important subject, a serious one and author/illustrator David Shannon handles it with a mix of seriousness and humor.

Lice are very tiny bugs that latch on to one’s strands of hair and lay eggs.

They make your head itch like CRAZY!

I love how this book is a learning lesson, there are facts and little tidbits of knowledge hidden on each page. For example, readers will learn that lice eggs are called nits, and part of the treatment is picking those nits. Have you put two and two together yet: that’s where we get the term nitpicker!

The lice made the main characters so much he thought they were partying up there in his massive reddish/orange curls.

They were having a concert: lice-a-palooza!

And in the image of lice – a – palooza they are dancing, singing, and playing the banjo.

It actually makes them look … cute (almost, I’m not a bug lover).

Instead of partying, they are feasting. On blood. The main characters blood. They’re like teeny tiny vampires.

And author/illustrator drives that point home, by illustrating lice in a Dracula costume.

The book also discusses  the feelings that come with having head lice: shame, humiliation, and embarrassment.

But young readers it’s important to remember that it may be embarrassing and humiliating, but a lot of other kids have head lice and they feel the same way. It’s also important to remember that head lice is curable.

Louse is where we get the word lousy.

Lice, when latched onto one’s hair often feel as if they are on top of the world.

Where to dead lice come from? From anywhere. As author/illustrator Shannon points out, it can come from a hug, a hat, a sofa, at school, or at the movies. But it can never, ever come from your dog. Dogs do not get lice.

Sometimes, even those who don’t have lice will get itchy. It’s sympathy scratching.

But really the problem isn’t on their head, it’s really in their head.

There are a lot of ways to “cure” lice, some work and some do not.

But the lice do need to be cured before they take over the world. Bug-zilla style.

So how do you cure them: by using stinky stuff that will make them want to leave your head, by combing your hair with a nit comb to pick out the lice eggs, and by going to the doctor.

But even though you take all the right steps to get rid of them, and all the right precautions to stop them from coming back, sometimes they do. Come back that is. And those steps and precautions will have to be repeated to get rid of them permanently.

Even though I agree fully with the main character, that bugs are “ick” I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot without feeling like I was learning. This book is far from boring.

I love Shannon’s illustrations. Through them he makes a scary subject not so scary.

His writing is also the driving force of the book. I love how Shannon doesn’t overwrite – he says what he has to without too many unnecessary words getting in the way.

This is a great read for the younger, school aged audience.

After reading on book by David Shannon, I am always left feeling like I want to read all of David Shannon’s books.

Book of the Week: Daisy Gets Lost

Book of the Week, Children's

Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka (Received advanced copy from publisher at BEA 2013)

Published: October 2013 by Schwartz & Wade

Reasons Why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Daisy loves to play fetch. Back and forth, back and forth chasing that large blue ball.

Back and forth, back and forth until Daisy spots a small brown squirrel with an oversized tail.

Daisy prefers to chase after squirrel’s more than chasing balls.

The little squirrel doesn’t appear to be so scared of the white fluffy dog that is chasing behind it. Instead it seems amused. Just proving that squirrels are fuzzy troublemakers.

I love how this book is (mostly) wordless.

Daisy cannot climb trees, which really puts a hitch in her plan of actually “getting” the squirrel.

But Daisy doesn’t actually want to “get” the squirrel, she doesn’t want to do anything bad to it.

Daisy soon finds herself lost in the midst of the park in which she was playing. Her owner is scared.

So much so that she looks like she’s about to cry.

She goes to find Daisy, but all she finds is her big blue ball.

Daisy too is scared.

So much so that she cries out for help.

Because of her lost cries, Daisy’s owner eventually finds her.

They are reunited, and they are both happy! It shows on both of their faces.

I love how this book shows the relationship between humans and their pets.

Anyone who has a pet knows this. I personally do not have a pet, but I know what it feels like to love a pet like it’s my own.

I love the artwork that fills Daisy Gets Lost. It’s illustrated in true, classic Chris Raschka style.

Speaking of the illustrations, I particularly love the colors that Raschka used throughout the book: blue, yellow, green, brown, etc.. It’s all very Earth-y.

It’s a short and sweet read that will capture, not only reader’s attention, but their hearts as well. Beyond that, this is a book that young readers will love to read through over and over again.

Book of the Week: If You Want to See a Whale

Book of the Week, Children's

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Published: 2013 by Roaring Brook Press

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

There’s a surprise hidden beneath the dust jacket. The actual book is blue material, and has a whale emblazoned on it! So pretty!

I’m a big fan of creatures that live in the sea, so I knew from the start that me and this book would be a match made in book heaven!

I love the use of green and blue through out the book. It really does give the book a very ocean-y feel.

Not to brag or anything, but my copy of this book is signed by the one, the only, the illustrator Erin E. Stead. I’m such a fan of hers!

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, books with nameless characters, I think, are great. Why? Because, I feel, that it allows for readers to step into the shoes of the character.

There are many ways to see a whale.

FIrst you need to sit by a window that is looks out into the vast expanse of the sea.

I like that the water in this book is referred to as “sea” instead of ocean.

There’s a dog in the book. I’m a real sucker for dogs in books.

The dog plays the crucial role of sidekick.

Waiting to see a whale means there will be a lot of waiting involved.

While waiting you can wonder, you can pass time, you can even mistake teeny-tiny birds for whales.

Whale watching, or rather waiting to see a whale can make one very sleepy. To remedy this, make sure to sit in a “not-so-comfy chair.”

There will always be obstacles in trying to see a whale. Roses get in the way – showy roses who don’t like whales because … well they aren’t pink, and they don’t smell sweet.

Beware of the roses, they will distract you.

What’s that? A pirate ship, you say! Well there will not be any whales there. I can guarantee it!

Did you know that pelicans smile? I didn’t know that before reading this book.

I love how this book really does ignite the reader’s imaginations.

Even though you really shouldn’t whale watch in the clouds, you may find a few whales (and other sea creatures for that matter) floating above.

Sometimes you have to look down, not out, in order to see a whale.

And other times, the whale will see you!

I loved the writing in this book. Author Julie Fogliano’s writing is strong, lyrical, and elegant.

Besides the words I also (obviously) loved the pictures! They are the perfect companions to the words.

I think this book would make a great bed time story.

I’m very happy to have this book in my own, personal library!

Book of the Week: Octopus Alone

Book of the Week, Children's

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan

Published: 2013 by Viking Children’s

Reasons why I liked this book and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love books about sea creatures.

The end pages are colorful and engaging. I can see the many fish that are identified being spotted throughout the book by young readers.

I particularly love the fairy basslets. Oh, and the puffer fish. But who doesn’t love a good puffer fish?!?

Octopus Alone is illustrating is subtle shades of sea green. I approve!

The shade of green gives a calm, almost serene feeling to the book.

Octopus is a shy, she much rather spend her days watching the action rather than be at the center of it.

The three seahorses, who are oddly fascinated with Octopus, don’t quite understand. When Octopus tries to shoo them away with her many legs they thing she wants to play with them.

Crazy seahorses!

Octopus has no choice but to leave the comforts of her cave in the hopes of finding a new, quieter one.

Octopus can change colors! She starts our as a vivid orange but when she leaves her cave and enters the underwater garden she quickly transforms into a beautiful green! She changes colors to hide from the other fish.

In all honestly, I had to look about the page for a good long second to find her.

In the wilds of the sea Octopus sees many kinds of sea creatures and fish: domino fish, sharks, and even sea snakes (which I imagine are not as friendly looking or as cute as author/illustrator Divya Srinivasan has portrayed here.)

Just when Octopus things she’s safe, she spies three very familiar looking sea horses coming towards her. Good thing she can change color so quickly.

Seahorses like to have fun. They twirl about, they wiggled in all directions, and they even did somersaults.

Octopus found them delightful to watch. So do I.

Octopus is very curious, and full of wonder.

She finally understands why the three seahorses are oddly fascinated with her. When Octopus spies luminous jelly fish drifting far and away, she wonders where they are going.

I love, love, love the illustration where Octopus is shown gazing at the jelly fish. She’s a soft rose pink and she looks as if she’s floating atop a bed of blue and green starfish. It’s so incredibly beautiful.

All the illustrations that fill this book are incredibly beautiful.

Octopus’ three little seahorse friends were not very far behind. They had followed her. Scared, she inked them and went on her merry way.

This book sheds light on what life in the ocean may be like. There are things to wonder over, and other things like crab traps to be fearful of.

Octopus swam and swam until she was the only creature.  There was nothing and no one watching her, there was nothing and no one to hide from.

Finally alone, Octopus danced around like the seahorses. She wiggled, she twirled, and she even did somersaults!

But then she heard a rumbling and a whoosh! as a whale swam up and out of the water.

Alone Octopus had time to reflect on her new life alone. The more she reflected the more she missed the lively reef in which she lived. She missed the sea snakes, and the domino fish. But most of all she missed the three silly seahorses.

Octopus realizes that home is where the heart is, and that there really is no place like home.

She quickly swims back to her home in the ocean garden. And was welcomed by all the creatures she knows and loves.

I love how this book is about friends in a way.

The writing that fills Octopus Alone is strong, engaging, and whimsical.

This is the kind of book that readers of all ages will, not only enjoy, but will easily relate to.

This book makes me want to visit the aquarium.


Book of the Week: Bad Astrid

Book of the Week, Children's

Bad Astrid by Eileen Brennan Illustrated by Regan Dunnick

Published: 2013 by Random House Books for Young Reads

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I like the name Astrid. Me + the book = meant to be.

Astrid is, judging from the cover, a mean looking bulldog (well, I think she’s a bulldog). But even though she is rather mean looking, she’s also quiet cute: she’s wearing a red jumper and has a tiny bow in each ear.

The end paper art shows little Astrid antagonizing a seemingly terrified pigeon.

I don’t like pigeons.

Shortly after, readers find out why the pigeon looks terrified — Astrid has invaded their bird bath.

The text rhymes! What’s not to love about a book – a picture book – that rhymes!

Pigeons aren’t the only ones terrified by Astrid. If judging by the pictures than people are too!

Astrid is a kick – butt kinda character — I like that!

But she’s also kind of bully — I don’t like that!

All the characters are various breeds of dogs. And they all wear clothes, hats, and even bows. Why wouldn’t they wear these things?!

I love the depiction of Astrid’s bedroom. There are toys EVERYWHERE, stray socks litter the floor, several homemade drawings cover the walls (I particularly love the one of super girl soaring through the clouds), but what I like best about her room is this: Astrid’s smiling!

The narrator of this story is NOT Astrid. Instead, it’s one of Astrid’s neighbors.

She explains how Astrid makes her feel with real emotion.

Astrid has some bad habits: she growls, and spits, and sputters when anyone walks past her yard.

I think Astrid’s mean because she’s afraid that people will not like her.

Even though Astrid is shown popping the heads off of flowers, I bet she secretly wants to smell them.

Some of Astrid’s most favorite past times include: teasing birds (but we knew that from the end pages), destroying lemonade stands, ruining other people’s chalk drawings, and dropping acorns on the little narrator’s head.

It’s no wonder Astrid isn’t liked.

I like you Astrid.

Instead of being bothered by all the bad things Astrid’s been doing to her, our faithful little narrator carries on with her summer. She learns to knit, to tango, and even a bit of karate.

The little narrator is also VERY crafty. She built a small Eiffel Tower … out of Popsicle sticks! Genius!

But Astrid eventually ruined the small Eiffel.

But accidentally this time. She lost control of her bike, and crash landed upon it.

Astrid was hurt, and to her surprise she found herself asking for help.

The little narrator is a good friend. Despite all that Astrid has done to her, she helps her.

Well, not before asking her why she’s so mean?

Astrid was just looking for some attention, someone to be friends with.

When Astrid’s riding her bike, she wears a helmet with a skull and crossbones on it! That’s so punk rock!

Seeing someone reach out to her, someone who she was mean to has made Astrid turn over a new leaf.

She actually HUGS the little narrator.

Even though Astrid is bad, she isn’t really bad. Deep down, she’s “quite nice.”

I really LOVE how this book shows that you shouldn’t judge a person you barely know.

What I also love about this book is that it says: no one really likes a bully.

Everyone needs a friend.

The writing (besides rhyming) is simple, strong, and sends a great message out to readers.

The illustrations are great! They are inviting and they really make the text come to life.

And it’s short, sweet, and to the point!


Book of the Week: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Book of the Week, Children's

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

Published: 2013 by Disney-Hyperion

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

It’s about a goat … and a UNICORN!!!

The cover is shiny! And sparkly!

I love how the little cupcakes that adorn the cover have hands and feet. Yes, they have happy faces too.

Speaking of the cupcakes, the cupcakes with sprinkles kind of look like little cacti.

Goat is a blue goat who thought he and his life were pretty great.

That is, until Unicorn moved into town.

Goat used to ride his bike to school. It was pretty cool. That is, until Unicorn went flying by, high above Goat’s little blue head.

Goat used to make marshmallow squares, ones that ALMOST came out right.  But Unicorn made it rain cupcakes … literally rain cupcakes. How could Goat compete with that?!?

Goat has some smooth dance moves for the school talent show. But when he got to school, Unicorn was already there doing some “serious prancing”.

Prancing won Unicorn first prize in the talent show … obviously.

Goat came up with this great magic trick: when you close your eyes, goat rifles through his already built-in pocket and pulls out a coin, leading you to believe that he pulled a quarter from behind your ear. He was excited to show it to all his friends.

But Unicorn was already at school, turning things into gold.

Goat is sick and tired of Unicorn … that show off!

At this point in the book, I just have to explain what Goat is doing. He’s prancing around with a toilet plunger on his head, pretending to be great, pretending to be Unicorn. It’s quite funny!

Just as Goat was settling down for a nice goat cheese pizza, Unicorn pays Goat a visit.

Unicorn is drawn to the heavenly smell of Goat’s pizza.

Goat explains to Unicorn that his pizza isn’t just any kind of pizza, it’s a pizza made of goat cheese – cheese specifically made of goat’s milk.

Unicorn gets upset because unicorn’s don’t have their own milk, and therefore can’t make their own cheese.

Goat explains that goat cheese makes everything better – tin cans and even a day old garbage. Too bad, all Unicorn can eat is glitter and rainbows (he has a very sensitive stomach).

Goat tells Unicorn all the wonderful things he can do – like clime steep hills and just stand there. And his horns would never deflate a soccer ball.

Unicorn is feeling very down about himself. He doesn’t have cloven feet and his horn is only good for pointing out donuts.

Goat has an out of this world idea: he suggests that he and Unicorn should join forces. They’d make an “unstoppable” team.

They’d wear capes like superheroes.

Together Goat and Unicorn will fight crime and give massive wedgies to the bad guys!

And when they aren’t fighting crime, they could just go to the park and play! Like normal friends.

I love how this book shows that friends really do bring out the best in each other.

And that friendship blooms in unexpected places, and sometimes with unexpected people.

I love how both Goat and Unicorn are drawn with such emotion. It’s apparent on their faces. When Unicorn is happy he beams from ear to ear. And when Goat is unset he scowls.

Speaking of illustrations, all of the artwork that fill this book are fun and fantastical!

The writing is smart and witty. It’s fun and whimsical. It’s funny and inviting.

This is the kind of book, the kind of story that is meant to be read aloud. And if possible, acted out.

I promise you readers, if you pick this book up, you’ll be laughing out loud!


Book of the Week: Tea Rex

Book of the Week, Children's

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Published: 2013 by Viking Juvenile.

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

First things first, on a totally UNRELATED note, when searching for Tea Rex (the book) by Molly Idle on Amazon, I found this. And I think it’s AWESOME! And it kind of makes me wish I was a tea drinker.

I love, Love, LOVE the cover of this book! Especially how the T-Rex is too big to actually fit on the book.

This book isn’t just about a T-Rex who happens to love tea parties.

Step by step, readers learn the proper ways to host a tea party.

First, greet your invited guests at the door. Even if that guest is (at least) three times the size of the door frame.

Second, lead your guest to the parlor, or where ever your tea party is being held. And by lead, I mean by pulling your guest, who’s (at least) three times the size of the door frame through the very small space.

Third, introduce your guest to one another. Even teddy bears should be introduced.

Fourth, offer your guest a comfortable place to sit. Even if his butt is too big to fit on the too tiny seat.

Fifth, remember to take turns talking, and remember to keep everyone involved in the conversation.

Some guest will want to chit chat about the weather, others will dangle spoons off the tips of their noses.

Dangling spoons off the tip of your nose is a true talent.

But when you dangle a spoon off the tip of your nose, your eyes inadvertantly cross.

Oh, and remember to cover your ears when your guest roars into the conversation. Literally ROAAAARS!

Sixth, once everyone is settled, and the pleasantries are exchanged you can then serve refreshments, a.k.a. tea.

Seventh, make sure you cater to all of your guests individual tastes. That is, unless they like the taste of teddy bears.

Eating fellow friends and guests, no matter if he or she is a teddy bear, is not nice manners!

Eighth, pour tea. But be careful, it’s hot!

And whatever you do, do NOT pour the tea in your hat! Nor should you pour tea in anyone else’s hat. Again, it’s just not nice manners.

A word to the wise, when your special guest is (at least) three times the size of a door frame, keep extra tea cups on hand.

Ninth, music will liven up any party!

Tenth, when the tea party has come to a close, escort your guest out.  Even if it means shoving his big behind through a too tiny door.

As the host, you’ll be rewarded graciously — your guest will inevitably invite you to his or her place for tea.

And rest assured, he or she will roll out the red carpet for you just as you previously did.

We should all have tea parties!

Author Molly Idle’s writing is spectacular! It’s smart with a touch a whimsy. It’s inviting, and playful.

But her writing isn’t the only spectacular aspect of Tea Rex, so are her illustrations!

The illustrations featured in this book are beautiful. They’re lush and soft, and really bring the story to life. I especially love the use of pink and yellow!

This is such a sweet book! I feel like I could gush and gush about it!

Parents will love this book just as much their kids do.