Wipe-Clean Activities: Spooky Halloween (Priddy Books)

Hello, friends! We have a special bonus review for you today: Priddy Books’s line of Wipe-Clean Activities books, including their newest, Spooky Halloween!

These envelope-sized spiral-bound books are filled with activities that allow kids to express their imagination and challenge their brains. There are puzzles, word searches, and plenty of opportunities for creativity, like designing monsters and Jack-o-lanterns.

These were fun! Each title has dozens of activities to complete, and comes with a little mini dry-erase pen, so kids can doodle and solve to their heart’s content, then wipe it down and start over as many times as they want. The books themselves are sturdy, and a good size for small hands and traveling, though the oblong shape combined with the spiral binding did make it hard to draw on the top of the page at times; the book would either slide a bit on a flat surface, or tip over if held at an angle. Still, JJ and I had a lot of fun; she’s a bit young for some of the puzzles, but loved the creative-drawing aspects and simpler mazes and connect-the-dots-type puzzles. These titles would be great for road trips, plane rides, or rainy-day activities, and we liked them a lot. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: Copies of these books were provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Are We There Yet? (Dan Santat)

Summer Reading Day 90: WE’VE DONE IT! Ninety books for 90 days of summer! Hooray! To wrap up our summer of reading, we picked Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat to read today. 

As a young boy rides in the backseat of his parents’ car to his grandmother’s house, he begins to get bored. The more restless he gets, the more his mind begins to wander, and his imagination begins to take hold. Suddenly, he and his parents find themselves flinging backwards and forwards through time as the boy imagines their journey traveling through the ages of cowboys, pirates and dinosaurs. 

What a cool book! The story is a perfect mix of wild, unexpected adventure for young readers and a heartwarming sense of nostalgia for adults (who doesn’t remember those seemingly endless car rides from our youth, and the odysseys our imaginations would take us on to pass the time?). The art is awesome: the characters are done in a modern comic book style, and even the book itself has a graphic novel-like layout, including several pages that require the book to be turned upside-down! The length is perfect for a baby bookworm, and older kids will love the comedy of the text and illustrations. JJ loved it, Mama loved it, and this one is enthusiastically Baby Bookworm approved!