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Sunday Book Review (Happy Father’s Day, Guys!): “Hop on Pop-Up!”, Wake Up, Papa Bear!” and “Where Did Daddy’s Hair Go?”

June 7th, 2009

Steve did a little redesigning around here last night, what do you think? The flowers that pop up on the masthead are White Nancy (how apropos), petunias from backyard, lavender from our front yard and Love in a Mist (the space-agey flowers), which my son would like to inform you are “an invasive weed and you really need to pull them all up before they go to seed, Mom.”

I will defy him. I love Love in a Mist and I agree with the Internet that it is a charming, old-fashioned flower that blooms in spring and early summer. (When did 7-year-olds get so smart, anyway?) Thanks for the update, Steve-o. I’ll consider this an early birthday present. (Our other three blogs are next in line.)

Hey! Happy (early) Father’s Day to all you dads out there. (It’s late this year — June 21st.)

“Hop on Pop-Up” (from Dr. Seuss, of course, Random House, $6.99, unpaged) is a charming little version of “Hop on Pop.” We love “Hop on Pop” over here. What are some good gifts for Dad? A set of Slim Jim Swim Fins, how about, or a Bright Dwight Bird-Flight Night-Sight Light? He does not want a walrus, believe me.

“Wake Up, Papa Bear!” is a sweet little touch-n-feel book (by David and Maxwell Algrim, illustrated by Adam Relf, Random House Children’s Books, $9.99, unpaged). I love touch-n-feel books, it’s the 2-year-old in me. Papa Bear has scratchy feet, a leathery nose, and soft fur. The babies will love this one.

In “Where Did Daddy’s Hair Go?” (by Joe O’Connor, illustrated by Henry Payne, Random House, $14.95, unpaged) a good-natured dad tries to explain to his son how he lost his hair — but it’s not that kind of lost. Nice illustrations, and a good story, to boot.

Enjoy your Sunday, y’all!

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  1. Steve R. says

    I got news for you, honey, our new media publishing venture has stretched beyond this and our other three blogs! (Labor, electoral politics, community organizing… It just keeps growing!)

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  2. WackyMommy says

    That’s out of hand.

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  3. Nan says

    I was looking for your library blog the other day and can’t find it! I am so disorganized, I thought I had it bookmarked. Plants that seed themselves and take over are great, if they are pretty. I say leave it!

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  4. WackyMommy says

    Nan, I’ll send it to you in an e-mail.

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