Mommy? Mommy! Mommy mommy mommy mommy. Mommy! Hi, Mommy. Read me a story? No, not that one. That one’s boring. That one’s boring too. Ugh, Mommy, really? That one? That one has too much talking. Can’t you find anything good? Maybe I don’t want to read after all. Oh look, a truck! Wait, what? You found something? What is it? Ooh! Did you say button? Yes! Let’s read that one!
4. Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter
Wait a minute. There aren’t any buttons in this book. Is this a trick? I may not be two yet, but I know a button when I see one and that’s not a button. You push the button. What the heck, Mom. That’s just a picture of a button. Oh, I’m supposed to pretend? Okay. Hey cool! I get to just thwack the book pretending it’s a button. This is the best book ever! Who’s that? Oh, some monster guy named Larry? Okay, but wasn’t he purple just a second ago? Wait, I changed his color when I pushed the button? I am all powerful! Bow down to me! Super toddler, pusher of buttons, changer of monster colors. Wait, what? Shake the book now? Really? I love this book! Got any others?
3. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
I don’t see many words in this one. I like it already! The zoo guy is saying goodnight to the gorilla but the gorilla doesn’t look sleepy to me. I’m not sleepy either. I like this gorilla. Oh look, he got out of his cage! And he’s stealing the keys! That zookeeper’s kind of dumb. He doesn’t see everyone getting out of their cages. What, Mommy? You want to me to look for a banana? Can I have a banana? I’m hungry. Oh, in the book? Hmm, oh there it is! On every page, really? Cool! And a balloon and a mouse. Okay, I’ll look for them. All the animals are going to sleep in the zookeeper’s bedroom! What’s wrong with this page? It’s all black! Oh, I get it, the zoo guy’s wife turned off the lights! Look at her face! The gorilla’s in her bed! That’s really funny. I like this one too. Any more?
2. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Ooh! It’s Grover! Hi Grover! I love you in Sesame Street. Whoa, you seem kind of freaked out. You don’t want me to turn the page? Because there’s a monster at the end of the book? Hmm, that seems reasonable. Mommy, I don’t think we should read this book anymore. You want me to turn the page? But Grover said no. Okay, I’ll trust you, but if Grover gets eaten by some kind of horrible monster it’ll be all your fault. Hey, did I really knock down that big wall just by turning the page? I’m really strong. Actually, I knew that already because this one time in . . . what? Oh, yeah sure turn the page. I want to know what happens. That’s not a monster! That’s Grover! That’s funny, he was the monster at the end all along. Silly Grover. What else you got?
1. Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
Yikes, Mommy, you scared me! But that was an awesome roar you just did. Is that part of the book?! Wow! Okay, what’s going on . . . whoa! More roaring? This is great! I think this book is just a bunch of roaring. Oh, and this dinosaur. He’s doing all kinds of stuff I like to do! Like sliding down a slide and jumping in leaves. Oooh, spaghetti. I love spaghetti. Mommy, I’m hungry. Hey look, he just roared at a bunch of grown ups and scared them. I’ve got to try that some time. Bath time and toothbrushing? That’s what I do before bed. Oh, it’s his bedtime too? Why is he roaring all quiet? He’s not falling asleep is he? I don’t like this part. Can we go back to the beginning? Make that really loud roar again, Mommy. I’m not scared. Again! Again!