In which Ariel discusses When Your Lion Needs a Bath and When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles by Susanna Leonard Hill and Daniel Wiseman. This post contains affiliate links. If you use them you are helping to keep Busy Nest News running. Thanks!
I love an excuse to be silly with Bean. Now I don’t know if you’re like me but sometimes silliness comes easily to me. And sometimes? It does not. This usually occurs when my day has not been going according to plan. This is why I gravitate toward goofy children’s books. Reading a good book is the most effective and efficient way to put me in a better mood! So when you want to be silly but you need a push in the right direction reach for the What if… series written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wisemen.
In which Brianna takes absurd delight in the plight of a former Commander in Chief of these United States. Though the story is probably apocryphal, it nevertheless makes for a silly and charming picture book. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using those links, we get paid, which helps keep Busy Nest News running. Thanks!
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, by Mac Barnett and Chris Van Dusen
One of my favorite kinds of humor involves taking a very silly or trivial matter, and coloring it with such seriousness and hyperbole, that it becomes absurd. I tell my husband that his cookies will be ready in 10 minutes, and he says he’s appalled that he’ll have to wait 15. I remind him the number was 10, and now he moans about the 20 minute wait. By the time the cookies are done, he is dramatically moping about having waited three hours for them. Then he grins, says “thanks” as he gives me a kiss, and takes a cookie.
In which Ariel delights in Boon's whimsical bath toys. This post contains affiliate links. By using them you help keep Busy Nest News up and running. Thank you for you support!
Boon's Jellies, Cogs and Pipes
Bean is an aquatic baby. She is happiest surrounded by water. Whether she is in the pool, the bath, the shower or even the occasional puddle – it doesn’t matter – she is in her element! So, here in the Bean household, we are serious about bath toys. Some of our favorites are made by Boon. Boon makes innovative and interesting products, but they excel when it comes to bath time fun! In particular, we love Boon’s Jellies, Cogs and Pipes.
In which Ariel expounds upon the Bilibo by Moluk - a strange looking toy with unlimited potential! This post contains affiliate links by using them you are helping to keep Busy Nest News up and running.
Bilibo by Moluk
In an ideal world every toy that enters my house would be sleek, minimalist, wooden and, preferably, not make noise – unless it is a musical instrument! But that isn’t realistic. Other people love my child and want what they think is best for her too. And while I would love to unleash my controlling tendencies- “Bring out the toy police! No Barbie for you!”- that isn’t healthy for me or Bean.
I can only reasonably control what toys I purchase. This Christmas I chose Moluk – the Bilibo to be exact. Sleek and minimalist? Check. Wooden? Nah. But I am willing to overlook that for a toy this incredible.
In which Ariel gets you all hyped to read a book about a boy and his duck and then reveals that it is in fact out of print. Though it may be harder to get your hands on, you won't regret it! This post contains affiliate links. To those who use them a hearty thanks! You have helped to keep Busy Nest News going.
It's Useful to Have a Duck by Isol
Perhaps I shouldn’t highlight this favorite of ours. It is out of print which is a huge bummer. I know. But I just can’t help myself! That is how much Bean and I love this board book. It may be harder to get your hands on this hidden gem, but if you can - whether you purchase a used copy or borrow it through your library - you won’t regret it!
It’s Useful to Have a Duck comes beautifully packaged in a blue and yellow slipcase. Already you can tell that this book is different. When you slide it out of its case, the book accordions out into a series of panels. Each simple line drawing is accompanied by straightforward descriptions of the boy’s interactions with his rubber ducky. “I use him for a hat. He can be a whistle of a straw.” With each illustration the readers is convinced of how useful a duck can be!
In which Brianna presents Mo Willems' beloved Pigeon, at it again. If you use our links to purchase this fun bathtime saga for your little, a portion of the sale will come back to us, and help keep Busy Nest News going. Thank you.
The Pigeon Needs a Bath, by Mo Willems
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