Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Jen Corace
Ages: 3 - 6
Picture courtesy Amazon.com
18 months is truly a milestone for children. That is when power struggles start and children learn by pushing their limits. Even at this young age, there are a few things the children have the ultimate control (and know that they have control, that is the fun part - eh?!) over the adult. The holy trinity are food, sleep and potty conditioning. These three can literally drive a fully grown adult to verge of insanity.
Let us focus on sleep. LITTLE HOOT is a children’s book that deals with bed time trouble. Tonnes of books, both parenting and children’s books, have been written on this topic. So what is new about LITTLE HOOT?
Children will find it absolutely absurd and funny. For the adults, it teaches that every parent is struggling with some kind of an issue, you are not alone, so take a chill pill.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, always manages to find a different angle to pitch her story. In LITTLE PEA, she talks about food battles through a protagonist who likes to eat spinach for dessert and hates candy. In LITTLE HOOT she addresses bedtime struggles through LITTLE HOOT, an owlet who likes to go to bed at a decent hour. Staying up late is an absolute no-no for him. But his parents who want to instill in him ‘good owl values’, try keeping him up well past the time he wants to hit the bed. Oh! the ideas these two come up with.... a laugh riot for children as well as adults.
Jen Corace’s minimalistic ink and water color illustrations ups the cuteness factor of this charming story.
Few books on the same topic that we enjoyed at home:
I don’t want to go to bed
Llama Llama Red Pajama