Monday, January 26

Must. Push. Buttons!

Must. Push. Buttons!
Written by Jason Good, illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka

My rating: ★★★½

ISBN: 978-1619630956
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of publication: January 6, 2015
Age: 3 years and up

Themes: toddlers, hyperactive, pace, distraction

Do you want to know how a toddler's mind works? Because it is something like this: "I want to wear Mommy's shoes. Get the shoes off NOW. I want to go outside. Don't take me outside! I don't like inside. Juice! I need to play with Dad's phone. I must. Push. BUTTONS!" Until maybe, just maybe, the little guy will tucker out.

I'm not going to lie: I read this book and laughed out loud. Repeatedly. Partly because I had just finished babysitting a toddler just like this. And that's the whole point: it really does represent the mind of a precocious toddler pretty accurately! So yeah, I'd recommend it to parents everywhere!

But then I realized that's just it. It was hilarious for me, the adult. Would kids laugh? It's so scattered that there is no real story. The illustrations are bright and attention-grabbing, but since they're following the text, pretty random. Might it encourage bad behavior? Like grabbing Dad's phone or squeezing the juice box into a sticky explosion? Perhaps. I don't know, I'm not a parent.

Would I read it in a storytime? It would be super fun to read aloud because it is so fast-paced and exciting. But I'd probably read it for the parents' amusement more than the kids. So it's up to you, in the end. If anything, sneak a read of it at the library when you're in the mood.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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