Masha Munching (Amalia Hoffman)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Masha Munching by Amalia Hoffman, a hilarious tale of table manners.

Masha the goat and her barnyard friends love nothing more than to share their meals. Every breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Masha and her pals chomp on hay, gnaw on tree branches, and slurp up water. Yet Masha is feeling a little tired of the same menu day after day. She puts on her fanciest dress and decides to explore other types of food, leaving her friends at the farm with a promise to return. Down the road, she discovers a fancy restaurant run by a penguin named Monsieur Pierre, and she is excited to try his menu du jour. However, there may be a miscommunication as to exactly what is on that menu…

A delightful romp. I can honestly say, I did not see the twist of this story coming, and when it did, it had me and JJ in absolute stitches. Hoffman uses repetition and well-paced comedic timing to tell a comedy of manners that young readers will love. The hand-drawn paper-cut artwork makes for unique and somewhat folksy visuals, but never feels flat or boring. The length is great for any storytime, and JJ had a blast with this one, especially Monsieur Pierre’s comical outbursts. An enjoyably absurd story, and a real treat – Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Nom Nom Nom: A Yummy Book with Flaps (Jeffrey Burton)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Nom Nom Nom: A Yummy Book with Flaps, written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sarah Hwang, a delightfully silly board book for young foodies.

Who’s hungry? Little bookworms are introduced to eight hungry creatures, each more exotic than the last, and given a few suggestions of what that critter might be craving. Two or three of the options are relatively normal, while one is a crazy concoction. As soon as kiddos choose what to feed their new famished friend, they can lift the flap and help the animal NOM NOM NOM its new treat!

Tons of fun. Excellent interactive elements pair perfectly with simple yet engaging text and adorable illustrations, making the entire reading experience a treat. JJ loved being able to pick out what to “feed” each animal (she always choose the outlandish or gross option, of course), and had a great giggle with each NOM NOM NOM flap. This is a simple concept executed very well, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for very young readers, especially when shared with a caregiver. Perfect for a quick storytime, and we adored it. Overall, Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Avocado Mustache (Kira Barrett)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Avocado Mustache by Kira Barrett, an adorable ode to messy eaters.

When babies are eating, things are bound to get messy! And in the pursuit of nomming on various mushy foods, very little ones will often find themselves sporting some new facial adornments. Be it an avocado mustache, a kale handlebar, or some mac n’ cheese muttonchops, happy babies are experts at turning their meals into statement styles all their own.

Delightful. This colorful board book takes the oh-so-familiar face of a messy eater and makes it into something fun and silly that readers of any age can giggle at. A diverse cast of babies – both boys and girls in a rainbow of skintones – sport the ridiculous and often gravity-defying baby-food facial hairstyles, ranging from Dalis to beardstaches to an impressive carrot-fig freestyle. The text is simple: a short intro and outro, then two to three words describing the puréed food in cutesy terms and the type of hairstyle it’s emulating within the main body. It’s a short, sweet, and easy read that will entertain the smallest bookworms, but will also likely get some laughs out of older siblings as well, making this a great read for multiple ages. JJ loved the joyful baby faces, and simply got a kick out of the catchy title. This one’s a winner, and we definitely recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)